Installing White Faced Gauges

 

Here is your chance to go from

This:

To this:

 

First step is getting at the gauges.  you will need to remove all the trim around the gauges, including some items you wouldn't think, like the fog light switch housing (Pontiac), to gain access to some of the trim bolts.


With the trim gone, you can now start to remove the lens and gauge bezel (black plastic around the gauges)  You don't need to remove the cluster, just the lens and bezel.  So leave all the cluster bolts in place.


Here is what it looks like when you take the bezel off. (These are taken out of the car, which you will not have to do).  You need to start by removing the  Trip Odometer Reset button.  Some screw out, others just pull out.  Then remove the black little screws.  It is reccomended that you do one gauge at a time, since the screws of some gauges are longer than others.


The trick to getting these on without removing the needles, is to feed the needle through the center hole, then fit the hole over the base of the needle.  The hole is the same size as the base, so it just fits over it, but you won't notice once its all the way down.  Just push the overlay down over the base of the needle, but be carefull not to scratch or crease the overlay!  Then insert the black srews, but don't tighten them fully.


The great thing about buying quality gauges, is that they are EXACT replicas (although white) to the originals, including the notches on the sides, which conveniently, can be used as alignment marks when tightening down the screws.  Before snugging the screws down, make sure that all of your letters/numbers can be seen through the insert, otherwise, your cluster lights won't shine through.  DO NOT overtighten the black screws, and make sure the cluster lights will shine through the numbers.


The TACH and SPEEDO are the easy ones, since they have one needle and two black screws.  The other two pairs of gauges get tricky, w/ two needles each.  Just take your time and don't crease the overlay!


This is also a great chance to make gauges that were not quite right, register properly.  The TACH and OIL PRESSURE should both be at ZERO with the key on, engine off. 

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