[V8Vairs] Paradise by the Dashboard Lights

George Jones 65crownv8 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 15:04:49 EDT 2009

DITTO for me as well, Seth.

George Jones
Performance Corvair Group
Central Florida Corvair Club (Since 2009)
Tidewater Corvair Club (since 1987)
Central Virginia Corvair Club (since 2006)
Corvair Society of America (CORSA)(since 1987)
'65 Monza Crown V8 Convertible
'66 Monza Coupe Custom

On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Frank Esser <fesser at napanet.net> wrote:

> Hello Seth,
> I'd take at least one set if they were available.  I'd love to see a
> picture or two.  Thanks.
> Frank E.
> (The guy from Napa who was with the other guy from Napa who bought your
> green 68 500)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: v8vairs-bounces at corvair.org [mailto:v8vairs-bounces at corvair.org] On
> Behalf Of Sethracer at aol.com
> Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:33 PM
> To: virtualvairs at corvair.org; v8vairs at corvair.org;
> fastvair at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [V8Vairs] Paradise by the Dashboard Lights
> I  am testing the waters for a new product. I modified a Corsa dash for my
> competition car (65 coupe) last year. Aside from the slight tweak to fit it
> into  the dash after the installation of the roll cage, I had to pick and
> choose
> which  instruments to keep and which to replace. Since I was keeping the
> car
> registered  as a street car in California, I had to keep a
> Speedometer/Odometer in place, but otherwise, within the budget and
>  need-to-know, the
> instruments were mine to choose. Since the engine had a  functioning
> Cylinder head temp
> sender, and the gas tank had a functioning  sender, those two were easy
> choices. The Vacuum gauge was useless and the clock  – less than useless.
> But I
> hooked up the fuel and cylinder head temp gauges,  Mounted a huge warning
> light
> (15 PSI oil pressure switch) in place of the  original Tachometer and
> mounted an
> external Tach where it was easier to  see.  I mounted  large – 2 5/8” - Oil
> temp and Oil  Pressure gauges on the roll cage cross bar and went racing.
> Although I have spent some time getting  the car to run a bit better – and
> quieter, I haven’t reworked the gauges and  displays at all since the
> installation.
> Some of the recent talk on Virtual  Vairs, V8Vairs and FastVair, discussed
> replacement of the original Corsa gauges,  especially for the V8 guys, who
> have
> little need for the Vacuum gauge or  Cylinder Head temp gauge, but probably
> need that fuel gauge a bit more  <grin>. After some of the talking, a wire
> customer of mine recently  offered to supply setsof nicely finished
> aluminum adapter
> plates to use to add  standard type of gages to the Corsa dash. No cutting
> of
> the original hardware,  and the dash can always be returned to stock if you
> desire. Last night, I took  one of my Corsa dashes apart and replaced the
> gages
> with the adapters and a few  aftermarket gages. The adapters provide a
> place
> for an aftermarket industry  standard 2-1/16 inch gauge in all four center
> positions, and industry standard 3  3/8 inch gage in the Speedometer and
> Tachometer positions. Many of the  aftermarket racing gauges have flat
> faces which
> might result in reflections, but  Autometer, among others, has several
> product
> lines that have conical faces,  similar to the original Corvair gage. These
> are
> designed for the refined Street  Rod Market. There are several speedometers
> which will fit the 3 3/8” bracket and  Tachometers to fit the matching
> right
> side. But a great solution is a  four-in-one  3 3/8” gauge  which places a
> Temp
> (intended as water,  but would work fine for oil) a Fuel gauge – works with
> the
> stock Corvair sender,  an Oil Pressure and a Volt display all in the one 3
> 3/8
> ” round gauge. This is  similar to other GM cars circa 1967. On the
> opposite
> side, a matching  Speedometer has a small Tach showing in the bottom
> quadrant.
> And you still get  to choose four more small gauges! – An engineers dream!
> Probably not too cheap  though. But for us regular folks, these brackets
> allow
> our choice of 4 standard  gauges in the middle, a visible tach on the
> right,
> the stock or replacement  speedometer on the left, with no cutting or
> gluing,
> and returnable to  stock.  The adapters will likely be  sold as a set, each
> set
> will include four separate adapters. Two large ones, one  for the tach and
> one
> for the speedo and two smaller “doubles” one for the upper  pair and one
> for
> the lower pair. The upper mount includes appropriate locating  for the turn
> indicator bulbs. My estimate on the pricing is about $42 for the  set of
> four,
> with about $5 of shipping extra.  If you want to see what they look like,
> drop me back a note and I will send you a couple of digital photos. These
> are
> still a  ways from market.
> Seth Emerson
> C's the Day! - Corvair, Camaro,  Corvette
> **************Feeling the pinch at the grocery store?  Make dinner for $10
> or
> less. (http://food.aol.com/frugal-feasts?ncid=emlcntusfood00000001)
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