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Warning Light to Analog Gauge Conversion - Don’t Rely On An Idiot

Converting warning lights to analog gauges and freshening up a dash in a ’67 Nova.

By , Photography by David Stoker

There are a bunch of options when it comes to instrumentation for the ’66-67 Novas in today’s market. Just about everything under the sun is available. There are simple dual or triple under-dash gauge units, dash inserts that make it a snap to install round-style gauges, and direct replacement clusters with upgraded gauges.

The most budget-friendly gauges are the double-/triple-gauge under-dash units, which range from $35 for the simple ones up to $350 for the high-end gauges. While they are functional and do the job intended for, they still look added on to the interior.

Even with all those cool things available there was still a missing segment on the market, which is a stock-looking upgrade. To fill in that gap in the market, Shiftworks now offers a new gauge conversion that upgrades the factory cluster by replacing the single fuel gauge and clock (or block-off plate) with dual gauge sets on each side of the cluster like that found in the ’66-67 SS Chevelles. These gauges are designed to fit the existing openings in the back of the dash and include all fittings necessary to hook up the gauges, including the temperature sending unit and the mechanical oil-pressure line and fittings.

We found a very clean ’67 that had a new interior kit in it, but the dash hadn’t been touched. We set forth to add the new needles and also freshen up the rest of the dashboard by changing out the cracked dash pad and cluster bezel. We picked up all the parts and pieces from Chevy II Only, and the work can be accomplished in a single day with simple handtools with no need to cut or modify your stock components.

What It Is And What It Cost

PartPart NumberPrice
SS Gauge Conversion KitS507-V$205.00
Dash pad, bright blue71046C-2-3$199.95
Speedometer dash bezel plastic21031$89.95
Dash bezel lens21032$39.95
Total:$534.85

SOURCES
Chevy II Only Inc.
PO Box 985
Mt. Washington
KY  40047
502-239-8487
www.chevynova.com
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