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    Gauges fitted...

    ...at long last!
    after much stanley knife action, swearing and general bad temperedness, I finally fitted my gauge mount and gauges this afternoon. They are all connected with necessary tubes/wire into the engine bay, ready for connection at the vacum pipe and engine,when I find the rest of the bits'n'bobs which are buried in my shed .

    The gauge panel and heater panel have been in primer for months so I colour coated them today and they were looking good, until my 6 boy year old came in my shed, it was pretty windy here and a gust caught the newspaper that the sprayed bits were on and they ended up on the floor, hence the split in the gauge panel and other imperfections , but life must go on!
    I retired indoors for a beer or two to calm my frayed nerves. I then pulled the vac pipe and electrical sensor wire into the engine bay ready for connection.

    The panels were dry by this time and I mused whether I should lacquer them or not, I chose the latter, as the lacquer would only show up the imperfections more!

    I then mounted the gauges, having to 'customise' the yokes/cradles for them, as clearance in the ahstray position was a problem, having 3 gauges to fit. The rear of ashtray area also required some 'customisation' using dremel, stanley knife etc.
    Next up was connection of pipes and wiring which was initself easy to do, but at the end of it, all the wiring and connections created more clearance issues to again, 'customisation' was required .

    Anyways, a pic




    Just got to say, damn Vauxhall for not providing the Zaf with an abundance of spare DIN slots!

    Sorry about the size of the pic, if someone wants to resize it, that would be great!

    Comments welcome.

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    Looks great that does monty, on a secondary note what do you wire the voltmeter up to to get it to read correctly, as I was thinking about getting a volt meter for mine and mounting it in the cig lighter.
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    Very nice. Been thinking of fitting a boost gauge myself.

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    thats a very neat job fella, i'm not a smoker so would love to ditch the ciggy lighter and do somit similar.

    was it hard work to do?

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    Looks great, very good colour match as well. Thats kids for ya. Bet it feels good getting it sorted.

    I also have a few jobs to get done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mystery machine View Post
    thats a very neat job fella, i'm not a smoker so would love to ditch the ciggy lighter and do somit similar.

    was it hard work to do?
    Very true, apart from coins the ash tray is useless. I would need the cig lighter for the sat nav though.
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    That looks great mate very smart and looks the dogs.
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    Really like that, looks very oe

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSiJamie View Post
    Very true, apart from coins the ash tray is useless. I would need the cig lighter for the sat nav though.
    i'm sure with a bit of fabrication you can have it out of sight yet still be functional under the whole pod build.

    hmm, i have a car audio capacitor in the shed with a LED readout...... hmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonman View Post
    Looks great that does monty, on a secondary note what do you wire the voltmeter up to to get it to read correctly, as I was thinking about getting a volt meter for mine and mounting it in the cig lighter.

    Dead easy, use the wiring from the back of the fag lighter, there are 3 cables and you need to use the brown(-ve) black (ignition +ve) and the grey/green (the one on its own, thats for switched illumination)

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