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Gauges

hase anyone ever seen some Black with red backlit lettered gauges?? if so could you help me out and post a link or maybe even a phone number if they dont have a site... iv been trying to get some for a while but just cant find them... im starting to think they just dont exist
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These are white gauges but they are pretty badass if you ask me.

http://www.importcarpartsplus.com/Needles.htm
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John's site (Ne3LZ) site tells you how to make them, someone pronto, site link!. Uhh red letters = red brake tape or whatever...his siste explains well, and its much cheaper to make, and same difficulty as buying them.

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In my signature is the link, but here's a quick link:

http://www.cardomain.com/member_page...296394&page=24

And here's what they look like (along with my other additions such as 2 way radios, EATC, etc.)

Recent pic:


Older pic (you can also see the OHC up top, and my old hand painted HVAC overlays, prior to EATC installation):


Soon, thanks to some spare parts from MRC (Marc) and Wowak (Brian), I will be rid of that lousy green radio display!
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Knight Rider beware!
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Oh, thanks a lot -- now I'll be trying to get the theme from it out of my head all day...


da-da-d-d-d-da-d-d....crap thanks a WHOLE LOT...
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Cool Thanks... But isnt it somewhat of a pain in the *** to put the gauges back once you have them off... lol..
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..da da da daaa! Oh hell yeah! I got the first season DVD set for xmas from my (sometimes sick) sister. I think I only made it through the first disc or two before having to put it away! So painfully lame.. But I swear, that show ROCKED when I was a kid. Amazing..
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Cool Thanks... But isnt it somewhat of a pain in the *** to put the gauges back once you have them off... lol..
Everything worthwhile is a pain in either the wallet, or the @ss, which coincidently enough are anatomically adjacent.

I didn't find the dash that big a deal. Just time consuming and requires attention to detail like noting the normal temperature, engine running, needle positions.

Speedo is harder. I calibrate it with the guages in place but all the dash covers off using my GPS. Get on the highway, set the cruise, read the GPS, place the needle on enough to hold it's place. Then I stop and seat it properly, drive home and finish putting everything back together.

If it's too much, I don't know what to tell you. I never saw a set of red gauges that I wanted -- or at all. So I made some.
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..da da da daaa! Oh hell yeah! I got the first season DVD set for xmas from my (sometimes sick) sister. I think I only made it through the first disc or two before having to put it away! So painfully lame.. But I swear, that show ROCKED when I was a kid. Amazing..
Yep. I think I was older when it came out, but it was still way cool. I made a talking SAAB using a little Z8 microcontroller based system. It has an EPROM socket, and some I/O. I put a Votrax SC-01 phonetic speech synthesizer on it. It spoke warnings about temp and oil pressure. The A/D's were 555 timers whose pulse width was voltage controlled by the gauge signals.

The Votrax was cool because even though it was very "robotic" sounding, it was super low overhead. It has 64 phonemes it could speak and you drove it like an old parallel printer: you strobed a 8 bit word into it (6 bits for phoneme, 2 bits for pitch) and you waited for the ready signal before feeding the next one.

Tell it to make "H", "EH" "LL" and "O" and it would say "hello" and so forth. My name would be "D" "J" "AH" "N". For each sound there was a unique 6 bit code.

Of course, you had to plan what you would say in advance and store it in a table in the EPROM, but for a small vocabulary of warnings words and some standard prepositions, conjunctions, etc. you could have it say things like: "WARNING OIL PRESSURE IS LOW...REPEAT...OIL PRESSURE IS DANGEROUSLY LOW" That message played for me once on the turnpike and when I got out to check the oil I couldn't see it on the dip stick, lol -- this was an OLD Saab.

Anyway, shows like that made me want to have some kind of talking technology, even though it was WAY off from the show. I still have the metal box and controller board, but I know longer have the cross compiler for the Z8 (or a working EPROM programmer). I think I have a few Votrax boards still around somewhere....hmmm....

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Aight chill thanks man i found this place called Black Cat Gauges or something imma see if they can make me something up... but if they cant, im going to for sures take your advice with the mod for the gauges :P thanks agian
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I found out that my scan tool will give me vehicle speed, rpm, temp, batt volts, oil psi...this is going to make the gauges waaaay too easy lol
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Oh my! I'm so sorry I mentioned it!
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Hey Everyone... i found a Great company that makes Custom Gauges... With logos or whatever color you want on them check them out

http://www.blackcatcustom.com
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I'm too cheap to spend good money something like that -- rather'd do it myself!

That way I have money to put a laptop in the truck, and fun stuff like that there.
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yeah i would do the letter thing but what i really want is Black Faced and red Lettered lol... and my cluster is white...
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Oh, that's right, I forgot about that. It's funny though, guys with black gauges often want the white, and vice-versa. I guess it's human nature to be contrary, lol.

You want red lettering on black even by daylight, right? Mine are only red at night, they are standard black face and white letters by day.
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yea...went from the stock black background with annoying, ugly, glaring headlights that gave me a headache to white face beautiful blue guages.
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Blue bothers my eyes. VW's with the bright blue dash's drive me nuts. I went red because of my vision difficulties, and so the bulk of the lights would not desensitize my vision at night.
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