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I am going to rebuild my gauge cluster. I have a 76 so it came with the faux wood cluster. I have replaced it with an early black cluster but now I want something more important unique. Anyone ever do some custom clusters? Looking for some inspiration on what to do with my faux wood cluster.  Repaint? I know the Turbos had the red cluster. Not really into the red. Anyone change gauge faces? Paint the wood? Trim rings? Whatever. Thanks! 

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Go to a woodworking shop and get a piece of veneer in the wood of your choice (there are some very cool exotic woods available, like rosewood or ebony), remove and scuff the faux wood piece and glue the veneer over it.  Use a sharp utility knife to cut out the instrument openings and a hand drill to do the opening for the brake warning light, pushbutton and odometer reset.  Then lightly sand and spray several coats of gloss (or satin, if you wish) urethane varnish.  If you want to go whole hog and can use a wood lathe, buy a chunk of matching wood and turn a shift knob.  And if you really wanna go nuts, get enough veneer to do the vertical portion of the shelf to the right of the instruments--just like a 2000 CS.

 

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I took some lacquer thinner and first removed the faux wood piece from the cluster and then wiped off the faux wood with the thinner, so now it is just black, !

 

notice the mileage !, I was on the freeway when it hit 20020, and didn't want to pull out my phone while driving,,, so 2002's are #1 with me.

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28 minutes ago, Russell74Fjord said:

I took some lacquer thinner and first removed the faux wood piece from the cluster and then wiped off the faux wood with the thinner, so now it is just black, !

 

notice the mileage !, I was on the freeway when it hit 20020, and didn't want to pull out my phone while driving,,, so 2002's are #1 with me.

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how did you remove faux wood panel and what kind adhesive did you use to reattach it?

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20 hours ago, Buckeye said:

how did you remove faux wood panel and what kind adhesive did you use to reattach it?

Once you remove the entire cluster, you can see all the parts can be separated, there is no glue. There are two knurled round thumb screws and the speedo cable to undo, and then the cluster pulls out from the front, with a little jiggling, no force is needed. Once you have it out, I think you will see how the components can all be disassembled, including the glass if needed.

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I'll up the ante - four pods ! Can't remember who produced these, aluminum face plate with the four 21/4" holes punched in, DIN radio cut out and ashtray and flasher cut outs too. VDO gauges, vacuum, oil pressure, water temp with the sender bottom of radiator, was going to be for electric fan but now maybe change to a A/F meter) and volts. These was an A/C faceplate prior to this, with the sides from the A/C console too. I like the aluminum, matches the heater controls.

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