A couple months ago we installed a set of gauges in a '70 Camaro that were fully integrated into a stock cluster. While these gauges are cool in their own right, they don't have a race-inspired look that a round-style Auto Meter gives off. This story will be just that, what goes into installing a full selection of electronic Auto Meter gauges into a '69 El Camino. There are a few ways you can get the gauges into the dash, but we are going with the easiest route. Instead of spending a day or two fabricating a dash panel or tweaking the factory piece, we are going to use a Classic Dash panel. The Classic Dash panels are molded from UV-resistant ABS plastic designed to replace the factory panel/cluster and give you a clean base to install gauges. The panels can be ordered in blank or pre-drilled configurations in three different finishes: black, brushed aluminum, or carbon-fiber. Classic Dash also offers all the accessories you might need to complete your installation like, sending units, LED's for the turn signals, and wiring harnesses. Classic Dash has panels for Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, Monte Carlo and Corvette along with full-size truck applications from 1960-1987, so if you have a Chevy the company most likely has you covered. To fill our panel, we picked up Auto Meter's American Muscle short sweep gauges. These gauges feature a sweet stainless face with through- the-dial lighting, and 90-degree air core movements. All are an electrical style, so all but the speedo come with the necessary sending units. The speedos will work with most electronic transmissions, but a pulse generator/speed sensor will be needed for older cable-style transmissions. The speedo features a 160 mph top speed, LCD odometer with two resettable trip meters, and Auto Meter's E-Z Cal calibration system. The E-Z Cal makes calibration easy: Push a button, drive two miles, and push a button again. The other gauges are pretty standard in their functions volt shows volts, tach shows rpm, etc. But one thing to note is the fuel gauge. It is made to work with our '69 El Caminos 0-90ohm fuel sending units rating so we won't need to drop the tank or come up with some sort of resistor. With these products, the job is pretty dang easy and will only require a basic understanding of wiring, hand tools and some time. We also added a new dash pad and steering wheel to complete the overall interior package (for details, check the captions). Part NumberDescription 120-69-50921Gauge Panel 500626LED kit 200-00-1000Speed Sensor 1288Speedometer 1298Tachometer 1294Voltmeter 1214Fuel 1226Oil Pressure 1236Water Temp 9114Dimmer PD00089BKDash Pad K620Steering Wheel Kit 1 Here is the drilled ABS panel we ordered from Classic Dash. It comes with the lower cover and screw kit included. We opted to purchase the LED lighting kit and speed sensor as well. The panel has provisions for the stock stuff, like the switches and heater controls along with the new gauges area. An added bonus to the panel is now we have a nice flat area to mount a modern head unit. 1 Here is the drilled ABS panel we ordered from Classic Dash. It comes with the lower cov 2 The American muscle gauges from Auto Meter are pretty much the coolest instruments this author has seen in a while. The brushed stainless face combined with the bright orange needles and black numbered area just looks mean, but still refined. All the gauges in this line are electric so the needed sensors are provided except the speed sensor. The speedometer and tachometer measure 3-3/8-inch diameters while the other gauges are 2-1/16-inch in size. We also added the LED lighting dimmer so we can adjust the brightness of the new LED gauges. 2 The American muscle gauges from Auto Meter are pretty much the coolest instruments this 3 This is what we are starting with and empty dash with just oil and temp mechanical gauges zip tied in. The wheel is just a factory one we had laying around, but it served its purpose. By the end of this story, the El Co will have an awesome new cluster stuffed with those Auto Meter gauges and a comfort grip steering wheel that will really improve the functionality and style. 3 This is what we are starting with and empty dash with just oil and temp mechanical gaug 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Calin Head Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!