Dashing – Part (Chevy!) II

A couple quick updates to the wiring/dashboard/gauge cluster project: Almost done!


The main gauge cluster (containing the speedo and factory indicator lights) is now back in place. Originally chromed plastic, my gauge bezel was scuzzy and worn. A brightly plated reproduction is available, but hovering around a C-note plus shipping it doesn’t really fit the budget right now. Thus, the trusty rattle-can treatment: Rustoleum “Cast Coat” Iron Gray.  Subtle, understated yet a nice contrast to the freshly-sprayed black dash panel… and best of all, cheap! The clear lens that covers the gauges was dirty and scratched, so some elbow grease and fine rubbing compound brought that back to life as well. Careful assembly meant the still-original steering column had to be loosened and dropped away from the bottom of the dash to avoid scratching everything to pieces as the cluster was slipped into place. And then, to wrap up the Lokar  column shift linkage installation shown a few posts ago – a Turbo 350-compatible shift pattern indicator. Chrome polish cleaned the indicator bezel, fresh paint was applied to the pointer on the column, and here we are:


Shifter action is silky-smooth, but there’s a little “nuisance” noise coming from down inside the column as the shift lever is moved through the positions. I hadn’t noticed that when the car was last on the road. It sounds a little like some debris may have collected in there, from sitting, and I’m hoping with use it will go away as I really don’t want to tear into the steering column. What remains with this part of the re-do is to install the rest of the switches as well as the glove box and door, and mate the loose wiring plugs from the cluster to their respective places in the under-dash harness.


And here’s a sneak preview of upcoming “braking” news!



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