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Do I need an aftermarket bezel for aftermarket gauges?

Old 02-06-2009, 02:11 AM
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I was considering putting in some aftermarket gauges in my '66. Something similar to these AutoMeters:
http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...te&PN=ATM-4492
http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...te&PN=ATM-4315
http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...te&PN=ATM-4327
http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...te&PN=ATM-4391
http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...te&PN=ATM-4337

If I get similar aftermarket gauges, will I be forced to get an aftermarket bezel, such as this?
http://www.mustangdepot.com/OnLineCa..._ultralite.jpg

From looking at the stock bezel, I assume I would need one. Has anyone seen an aftermarket bezel cheaper anywhere?

Also, how do I know if that speedometer will work? I would assume it doesn't have the same square rod input as my '66 Mustang...
Same goes for the rest of the gauges. I'm not worried about altering the connections, but will the electrical pickup read properly on these (or similar) gauges?
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:40 AM
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You don't need a new bezel, but it would make life easier. The original bezel can be made to work, it just takes some doing.

I believe the speedo can be made to work, just not sure how. The rest of the gauges would likely need matching senders to work properly.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:02 AM
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http://www.mustangdepot.com/OnLineCa...ge-support.htm look at the gauge supports only that will let you mount any gauges to your stock bezel as long as they are the right size.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:04 AM
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Starfury is right you can make your bezel work but the bezel support andrewmp6 mentioned would be a good choose. The fuel gauge will work with your sender and the oil and temp comes with its own sender. An easier choice for speedometer would be an electric one. There easy to calibrate but a little more expensive and no speedometer cable noise. The gauge wiring behind your cluster will need to be changed. Your orignal gauges used a cluster voltage regulater to supply voltage to the gauges and the gauges you are looking at require 12 volts to them.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:05 PM
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I've never heard any speedo cable noise. I don't really want a digital display, either. Or do you just mean electric pickup? How would that work?

I'm also not completely worried about how the gauges are held in, but how the placement will be on the exterior of the bezel. I was wondering how they would interface with the stock gauge trim around each individual gauge that is built into the bezel.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:39 PM
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I installed Autometers using a stock 66 bezel.

http://www.midnightdsigns.com/Mustan...Dash%20003.jpg

I got the gauge support from Dallas Mustang, but here is a site that shows a better view of the unit.

http://www.classicleds.com/products64-66.html.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:44 PM
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The electric speedometer looks just like the one you linked to. It uses a sender that goes into the trans where the speedo cable is now. There is a plastic bezel that holds 6 gauges and it looks similar to the JME bezel you posted in you first post. NPD was carrying both bezels.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:01 PM
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Only downside to the oem bezel is you'll only have one big gauge rest will be small.The aftermarket ones are just like the r model had with two big gauges rest smaller.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:06 AM
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Yea, I like the look of that $75.00 plastic bezel for the 6 gauges. I may have fudged my stock gas gauge while I had it apart recently. Those things (needles) are the most fragile thing I've touched. The downside to adding the 6 gauge + tach is that it adds about 200 bucks to the total overhaul.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:07 AM
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But good gauges are a cheap investment most idiot lights only warn you when your done screwed.I had a 65 impala i bottomed it out hard on a big pot hole i didn't see.Well about 3 miles later my oil light was on i knocked a big hole in the oil pan.Lucky i didn't kill the engine but i have ran a oil pressure gauge ever since.A gauge is cheaper then a engine plus you look at them enough you can see somethings off real fast.
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