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This is a discussion on customizing gauge pod within the Cockpit and Cabin forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; I was a little bored over the weekend and I have been thinking about doing this for some time. I ...

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    customizing gauge pod

    I was a little bored over the weekend and I have been thinking about doing this for some time. I have an Autometer center dash gauge pod with Prosport gauges in it. As all of you know with Prosport gauges they come with these little slide on visors for each gauge and I just slid them on and put the gauges in the gauge pod for the time being. The problem was it looked unfinished and just weird plus the side of the visor blocked some of the gauge view. Here is a picture of the Autometer gauge pod by itself:

    Here is a picture of the Prosport gauge with its visor:

    Here is a picture of the gauge pod with the gauges holding the visors on the gauge pod:


    First I cut the visors in halve, only being interested in the top halve, and used super glue to glue them to the gauge pod. Then using some left over Bondo I packed bondo into the gap between the visors and the gauge pod and plenty into the v between each gauge since I will need to round these areas. Here is a picture of the pod with glued visors and Bondo before sanding began:

    Then using a combination of dremel with 120 grit sanding drum and 120, 220, 320, and 1000 grit sand paper I worked the bondo down smooth as shown here:

    had to keep adding bondo until the surface was flush

    After the bondo was smother I sprayed 2 coats of a sandable primer to remove any possible left over scratches from sanding. Then after about 4 coats of a closs black paint this is the finished product... an Autometer center dash gauge pod with visors for the gauges, I think this is how they should be made.


    with gauges


    if you have done any custom gauge pod work also throw up a picture
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    "Get out of my head!"

    I just put my prosport oil press. and egt gauges into my autometer pod and thought about doing the exact same thing. Very nice work. I'm glad to see that it can be done well.

    Please excuse the shiny dash from armor-all wipes. I need to try something else. Also they aren't hooked up yet, so my car isn't actually about to explode:
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTwrx View Post
    "Get out of my head!"

    I just put my prosport oil press. and egt gauges into my autometer pod and thought about doing the exact same thing. Very nice work. I'm glad to see that it can be done well.

    Please excuse the shiny dash from armor-all wipes. I need to try something else. Also they aren't hooked up yet, so my car isn't actually about to explode:
    did you grind away at the edges of the gauge pod a bit till it fit inside the hole instead of sitting on top?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkotzman00 View Post
    did you grind away at the edges of the gauge pod a bit till it fit inside the hole instead of sitting on top?
    I did, yes. I used a hand-plane and some sand paper and now it fits flush with the rest of the dash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTwrx View Post
    I did, yes. I used a hand-plane and some sand paper and now it fits flush with the rest of the dash.
    I like it will most likely do the same I also worked on my sender unit and have pics for you if you still want them
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkotzman00 View Post
    I like it will most likely do the same I also worked on my sender unit and have pics for you if you still want them
    yes, that would be great. thanks.
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    That looks way better than the "concert shell" look !
    Good freakin work and thanks for the idea. The hoods come free with the prosport gauges and the autometer is only 45 bucks and is angled towards the driver which is an added bonus. I wonder how it would work on the 60MM prosport gauges. HMMMMMMMMMMMM ! Best post Ive seen in daze.......

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    Gotta give you props Ben for being a true DIY'er.........It turned out looking awsome.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robman7835 View Post
    Gotta give you props Ben for being a true DIY'er.........It turned out looking awsome.........
    what till you see the ideas that I am cooking up for the ic, did one already a high temp ceramic coating over the whole ic (except for the fins to maximize cooling) inorder to help reduce heat soak. then looking to make my own massive turbo to ic hose and finally some cooling fans for under the ic
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    I'd say you've been pretty busy......Have you mounted up that IC yet???....and have you noticed any differences???
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    And the fans under the IC sounds like a really cool idea.....shoot me some pics when you work out all the bugs.........
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