new gauges in dash advice

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    well im putting new gauges in my dash and am going to replace the speed/gas gauges with something else.

    my question is, the wiring harness that hooks into the back of the gauge panel...is it for the gauge lights only? it seems to be the case but wanted to be sure before i delete the circuit board on the back.

    without the gauge panel in the car all of my lights on the outside work and signals still function. i know ill lose my signal markers on the dash, but i can live with that if i have to.
     
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    Fuel, idiot lights (oil & alternator) , turn signal, high beam.

    Note on the fuel: the fuel measurement system takes the 12V and converts to 5V on the dash panel. (That's what the regulator does).
    The fuel gauge is essentially a current meter (using ohm's law): Voltage/(Fuel tank float resistance) = current (What the gauge is measuring.

    After-market fuel gauges work the same, and some have accommodations to be able to adjust for many different fuel tank float resistances.
     
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    ok cool. i think ill use the wiring harness to tie into the light circuit for my new gauges.
     
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    I installed aftermarket gauges I used two green leds for turn and a blue one for high beams. Also use a 73/10 ford gas gauge and run a new wire to your sending unit. Gas gauge will not work with the factory wire. I left my gauge harness in and just tapprd into the harness for my turn and high beams...
     
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    I went with making a dash insert.
     
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    If you can swallow the cost, these would be sweet. They are made by new vintage USA.
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    this is what i wound up doing. i am considering moving the gauges forward about another 1/4 - 1/2" and removing the clear plastic cover panel. itll not only be easier to see, but ill be able to mess with the dials on the gauges. im just worried about it looking to "dead spaced" if i do that. ill have to experiment before i do the final install.

    i LOVE the fact that i decided to keep the factory round design under the new fuel and pyrometer gauges. i wired in some turn signals to work in the original space and just put back in the insert to make it look like a beefed up stock type design.
     

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    @jasonwthompson these look very nice!! can you please send me the link or tell me where did you buy these and what was the part#? thanks!
     
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