Nothing's worse than playing the guessing game, unless you're on a game show, but when it comes to your truck's lifeline, don't take chances. Gauges that don't work or aren't there are a very bad thing; the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" comes to mind. If only you knew your motor just lost oil pressure or was so hot a head gasket or worse was about to blow. Even if your truck isn't going to win best of show, wouldn't it be nice to make it to the show?

Many classic trucks out there are work/play vehicles, and we can relate. The '72 Chevy that's been the subject of a few tech stories recently is still very much a work in progress, but a driver nonetheless, and its stock gauges weren't cutting it. Even with a few upgrades to the drivetrain, the motor still hasn't been rebuilt and has who knows how many miles on it at this point. The dash is the one area the driver stares at the most, and it should be treated as such.

Since the stock gauge panel was worse for the wear and had a hole cut in it for a temperature gauge, we figured its time was up, too. Doc's Kustom specializes in billet dash panels for almost anything and happens to be good friends with the guys over at Dolphin Instruments, so they team up quite a bit to offer complete packages. For '67-72 Chevy trucks, Doc's makes a glovebox door to match their gauge panel to really set things off. After talking to Doc on the phone about what we were looking for, something that resembled a stock gauge panel more than a billet one, he said no problem. One-offs are their specialty, and the panel would be built to use Dolphin's six-gauge package with the 5-inch speedo and tachometer, much like the original GM fully instrumented dash layout. And just to prove that thinking outside the box is a good thing, we took Doc's gauge panel and glovebox door one step further before installing it (which worked out great, but voids any return possibility). We have a lot to cover, so let's get started, and don't be afraid of electrical projects! If we can do this, so can you!

SOURCE
Doc's Kustom
7138 Hw 319 N
Omega
GA  31775
229-528-4300
www.docsbolts.com
Dolphin Instruments
Bunnell
FL
386-437-1077
www.dolphingauges.com
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