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History Gauges in WEIRD places? SHOWCAR stuff only!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dreddybear, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 967

    Bert Kollar

    I'm going with vacuum, water, oil . I think gauges on the firewall on pretty cool and old school. I got my idea from an old Bonneville racer

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  2. butcherted
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 762

    from hagerstown

    Here is another, driver not a show car

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  3. fifTsix
    Joined: Jul 26, 2008
    Posts: 486

    from TEXAS

    The only thing stupid and serving no purpose is your uninformed post in this thread.
    You cant even spell gauges...
    Cool thread btw
  4. Yah, it's a crappy pic, but you can see the Vac and Volts.

  5. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    When I worked at RB...I built the bracket and positioned 2 gauges in the pside kick panel just below the dash..I tried finding pics, but didnt. You could see them perfectly from the Dside..
  6. I'm still waiting for the gas gauge in the trunk - I can see a guy now, hopping out of the car and looking in the trunk at Stop Signs to see if he has any gas left :D
  7. What did the back side of this look like? Individual cups?
  8. Does a stick marked 1/2 and full count?
    Because I've seen that one with a trunk mounted tank.
  9. topfuel55
    Joined: Apr 18, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Hebron IN

    I love tuning gauges in the firewall. I was influenced by Trendero, and later by Bob Bleeds car. I can't tell you how many times I'm asked " How do you see the gauges in the firewall" I reply I just keep the valve covers polished real well. Then I get the you must be kidding look.

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  10. I like it, I wouldn't make it a mile without a rock smashing one out though. Diggin' the clear plastic panel in front of them or hiding them behind the carbs.
  11. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,036


    I put two of the gauges in my Model A above the windshield. Worked out well.

    the a.jpg
  12. I immediately fell in love with the hood mounted tachs, as OT as they are they are still cool.
    Ill always be quite fond of the console mounted vacuum gauges and 63 grand prixs, I got a nasty scar from one on my right eyebrow when I was 3, chicks dig it.
    I like them on the back of the blowers too.

    A speedometer on the firewall might be considered useless
  13. Rudy J
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,485

    Rudy J
    1. Austin HAMB'ers

    Not a very good pic but Check out the placement/angle of these guages

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  14. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871



    I think that firewall-mounted gauges are a good idea and cool as hell, but would you also want to run the same gauges in your dash? I would imagine so, what if you start to overheat or your oil pump takes a crap while driving? Or would you just use idiot lights?
  15. Yes, these are all in addition to the dash guages, or two of each. For example Oil pressure in the firewall AND dash. Or some could be firewall only. For example, a vacuum gauge doesn't need to be in the dash.
  16. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Oh ok, I see. Makes sense. Kind of want to run firewall gauges in my 61 when the time comes. Thanks!
  17. Great thread!
  18. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    I agree with El Hueso ^^.. Great thread!
  19. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,842

    from California

    I like the temp gauges that go right into the intake or waterneck. I found a junk one in a box of junk I bought at a swap meet, gonna have to get one that works when the time comes.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
  20. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    They must have their own sender - they would not read right if you had both on one sender.

    Theoretically you could use one sender but it would have to be a specially selected one for ohms and resistance curve to give the same correct reading on both gauges. So use two senders.
  21. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    Where are the one's in show cars?
  22. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,773

    Bob K
    Member Emeritus
    from Antigo Wi.

    Trendero had them, someone posted a pic of that earlier.

  23. von Dyck
    Joined: Apr 12, 2007
    Posts: 678

    von Dyck

    31 Vicky: yes, a wooden stick (uncalibrated) was the gas gauge on my first T Bucket back in the sixties. That gauge (stick) was located in front of the seat former. Had to be wiped off before using.
  24. tommyboyink
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 47

    from santa rosa

    Got on my firewall 55 Chevy pickup
    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!

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  25. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,291


    From Trichop's awesome Hamke car thread.

  26. bigskybob
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
    Posts: 39


    I'm putting them in my 33 Chevy 5 window, saw them all the time in So Cal in the early 60's, anyone that tuned their own car liked them a lot. You need to remember it took hands on to mix and match all the NEW stuff that was coming out back then.
  27. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    lets bump this bad boy up. hopefully we can get some more in here

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