How To Build a Custom Instrument Cluster

This is (Episode 20) of the #ETCGDadsTruck Series.

Link to (Episode 21): https://youtu.be/rxT27VvkWfA

Link to (Episode 19): https://youtu.be/fmgQ9GCwK7Q

Extended (Full) Version of this video: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/exclusive-videos/73-exclusive-videos/2405-how-to-build-install-a-custom-gauge-cluster-full-extended-version

If you’re looking to build a custom instrument cluster, this video can give you some basic ideas and techniques for going about that. I’m building this cluster for a 1990 Chevy C1500 Sport Truck, #ETCGDadsTruck, but the information can apply to any custom instrument cluster you might want to build.

In the second part of this video I show how to wire these gauges up.

Link to wiring video:

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Links

Gauges: https://www.speedhut.com/customizer.i?cmd=customizekit&pid=1548

AF Sensor: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ngk-90067?utm_source=etcg&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=airfuelmonitor&utm_content=2019-05

Heat Shrink TEK Connectors:

LED Lights: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075F6KPNW/?coliid=IR8T5SENPJ8UH&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Tools

Label Maker: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GQHHYFE/?coliid=ISVHNBY16ZZB&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

2 1/16” Hole Saw: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGT5R9J/?coliid=I120A3WP9XMX0S&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

3 7/8” Hole Saw: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGWF23S/?coliid=I3UYI3P4DEKY04&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Jigsaw: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GWD50X0/?coliid=I2Q81CFFK2R2RQ&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Jigsaw Blades for Plastic: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CZEGW7E/?coliid=IN8P4BV71YIWY&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Dremel Tool: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FSBY9GV/?coliid=IMLED8DH44DB0&colid=245LHJDQ9HKVE&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Milwaukee Drill: https://milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Drilling/Hammer-Drills/2706-20

Milwaukee Underhood Light: https://milwaukeetool.com/Products/Lighting/Task-Lighting/2125-20

Power Probe: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/power-probe-pp319camo-multi-circuit-tester-camo#oid=1002_1

Astro Crimp Tool: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/astro-pneumatic-9477-7-piece-pro-ratcheting-wire-crimper-pliers-set#oid=1002_1

Wirefy Crimpers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFLWKTT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tesa Electrical Tape: https://www.amazon.com/Tesas-Advanced-Harness-51036-Mercedes/dp/B01I2MLN2Q/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=tesa+electrical+tape&qid=1561750222&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Digital Caliper: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/performance-tool-w80152-digital-caliper-0-6-150mm#oid=1002_1

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Installing a New Radio & Speakers 1988-94 Chevy Truck #ETCGDadsTruck: https://youtu.be/fmgQ9GCwK7Q

How To Bend and Flare Brake Lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqyoTWFZ5K4&t=3s

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20 thoughts on “How To Build a Custom Instrument Cluster

  1. I love your video, exactly what Im doing to my 90 ss 454 gauges (I hate those "moonies") except Im using Dolphin Gauges which comes with a custom made backing plate to mount the gauges in. So this morning I went to the local boneyard and found a cherry "hood" like you used, figure if I screw up cutting it out Ill have a backup lol. Wish me luck

  2. Very cool I'm going to make a custom dash for my lawn tractor. I wonder if using cutting oil would help in cutting the holes for gauges and screw holes in the acrylic

  3. ERIC, It may help when you use a hole saw to run a little praffin wax around the inside & outside of the saw. This helps on any saw blade either round are straight. Only making a little sugestion. Man I really enjoy your videos. There is a lot of information a little humor well presented and very intresting. I just bought a 1994 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab sb pu & when I googled rear disc brak upgrade your video came up as a choice. after watching a couple of videos i joined your websight. Pleas keep doing this work!!!

  4. lots of great comments about how to drill lexan. but one thing that drove me crazy was that you painted the wrong side. you should have painted the back instead. that would have given the front a super smooth surface while also allowing you to clean it with out taking off paint. also an added benefit of giving it a slightly cool look of depth as well.

  5. Nice work, I love the result. Just curious, if you were going to paint it black anyway, why not just use a piece of aluminum? It would be a lit easier to work with.

  6. pro tip, when drilling your smaller holes you need to spin the drill faster as not to pull it up. its the same thing as yanking the roll of toilet paper, it snaps but if you pull it slowly the rest comes with it.

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  8. Hey there. I'm working in a motorcycle and I feel like it should be very similar. I'm swapping my Speedo to a new one and it went from 2 indicator lights into 1 indicator light on the dash. I tried bridging the positives but it just made all 4 indicators flash like hazard lights. Do you know how I could make them work properly?
    Cheers for the help of you can

  9. Holy shit 😂 I’m gonna buy a 90’ c1500 tomorrow and I was thinking about how much I’m gonna hate the display what a great find.

  10. I've got an 89 1500 with a quirky dash problem – when the headlights are switched on, the dash lights turn off. The previous owner had a cab-over camper on the truck, and there's evidence of electrical hackery from that. Any thoughts on what he might have done to cause this? I'm stumped where to start troubleshooting this weird bug.

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