Let me start by laying out the scenario for you:
There’s pressure to get your project done, whether it be due to the end of the driving season looming (If you’re from a part of the country that doesn’t get snow, just nod your head and pretend to understand), an event to attend, your significant other starting yet another “You never drive that car, you know…” discussion, or just the need to get the darn thing finished. More often than not there’s also a budget constraint, AKA you have four figures worth of parts needed and only three figures worth of budget, plus or minus a kidney.
Given this, what’s a gearhead to do? Assuming that all of your internal organs are required and that novelty-sized Publisher’s Clearing House check is still MIA, either the car stays in garage while you continue to save for the right parts for the job, or, if you’re like me, you start shopping around for parts that are “good enough”. Sometimes you luck out and find some “gently used” speed parts that meet your budget, but when you’re really in a bind those off-brands start to look MIGHTY tempting. Next thing you know, those bargain parts have failed and you find yourself faced with twice the original intended project cost. Uh oh.
Above is the predicament that I found myself in with my well-worn ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.
Remember that car you bought back in high school or college? The one that you tortured and subjected to every harebrained modification, often hacked together on a Saturday morning in time for that race on Saturday night (Mom, that never happened…), just to be torn back apart the following weekend? Remember how you sold that car after you realized that it was a complete money pit and mostly comprised of failed good intentions and zip ties? Well, I still have mine, and years later I’m still sorting through all of the mess than my younger self created.
Today’s blog item is going to feature step one of this process, which is the replacement of some “Made in God-Knows-Where” gauges with a set of American-made Auto Meter Sport Comp IIs. Enough intro, let’s get on with the install.
We’ll get into more detail on the Auto Meters shortly, but for now let’s get back to trying to fix the self-inflicted damage done during the original gauge install…
The install was wrapped up by mounting the GPS speedometer under the dash, affixing the antenna to the center of the dash, and finding a good home for the LED dimmer where it can easily be reached. In this case that place was directly above the ALDL port under the steering column.
So there we have it, Step One in my quest to fix my hacked together project car. If you have any similar stories, feel free to share them in the comments!