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Nikki sixx 11-08-2014 02:27 PM

Dash modifications 550
 
Hello V12 Brethen.

New member here.

I love the look of the older V12s Dash. Specifically the series 2 GTO and the Lusso.
The 3 gage set up for the oil, temp and fuel I would like to change to that 60's era inspiration. It would be easy to swap back to stock.
I pick up the car in two weeks and other than the HREs that have been installed, it's the only other mod I would like to do to the car.
Has anyone else seen this done? Pictures perhaps?

Pizzaman 11-09-2014 02:38 PM

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tazandjan 11-09-2014 03:52 PM

Nikki- Not that I have seen. Not sure why you would want to do that, but it would not be that difficult. What is different about the 60s models?

cribbj 11-09-2014 04:10 PM

Are you proposing to change the layout of the gauges, or just change the gauges themselves to look more "retro"?

If you just want the retro look, check out eGauges: Classic Instruments | eGauges.com

But if you're proposing changing the layout of the existing binnacle, etc. that sounds like some major rework.....

Nikki sixx 11-10-2014 10:22 AM

No No, I would like to take the dash "box" off that houses the gauges, (keeping the gauges themselves stock) and form fitting the top of the dash to the contours of the gauges, Maintaining the overall size etc.. just the three liquid status gauges.

tazandjan 11-10-2014 10:35 AM

Nikki- Nobody has done that yet, I am positive. Assume you are talking about the three center console gauges and not the speedo/tach cluster. Probably involves buying a spare instrument dash surround (see them on E-Bay occasionally, 64759500) and doing a lot of carving and reupholstering.

cribbj 11-10-2014 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nikki sixx (Post 505009)
No No, I would like to take the dash "box" off that houses the gauges, (keeping the gauges themselves stock) and form fitting the top of the dash to the contours of the gauges, Maintaining the overall size etc.. just the three liquid status gauges.

Just for reference, here's the 550 dash layout:

http://www.barchetta.cc/Common/Image...hboard.red.jpg

You might have some luck finding a wrecked 575M and using its dash - and putting the gauges in those 3 A/C eyeball vent holes. You'd also probably want larger gauges to fit those vent holes.

But then you'd need to find alternative locations for the A/C vents.

Sounds like a cool project, but lots of work.......

Here's the 575M layout (actually it's from a SA, but they're supposed to be nearly the same):

http://sportscarbible.com/_images/fe...1180889scb.jpg

tazandjan 11-10-2014 11:12 AM

John- Yup, SA and 575M dashes are identical.

Nikki sixx 11-10-2014 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cribbj (Post 505041)
Just for reference, here's the 550 dash layout:

http://www.barchetta.cc/Common/Image...hboard.red.jpg

You might have some luck finding a wrecked 575M and using its dash - and putting the gauges in those 3 A/C eyeball vent holes. You'd also probably want larger gauges to fit those vent holes.

But then you'd need to find alternative locations for the A/C vents.

Sounds like a cool project, but lots of work.......

Here's the 575M layout (actually it's from a SA, but they're supposed to be nearly the same):

http://sportscarbible.com/_images/fe...1180889scb.jpg

Hey John,

Thanks for the shots, it would be only the gauge section. It would contour similar to the 575 vent contours. It would have to be professionally designed and easily converted back to stock. I can't think of a better mod to the perfect GT. It's the only spot where they didn't take the proper time to do it right. IMO..

tazandjan 11-10-2014 07:10 PM

Nikki- It would be relatively easy to bring the gauge faces forward and give yourself room for 575M-like curved surfaces over the gauges. Make them easier to read, too.

cribbj 11-11-2014 01:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tazandjan (Post 505217)
Nikki- It would be relatively easy to bring the gauge faces forward and give yourself room for 575M-like curved surfaces over the gauges. Make them easier to read, too.

I think there are plastic pods in the aftermarket that do this, and a good fiberglasser could blend them in to fit with the existing curve of the dashboard, then a good interior guy could cover it all with the leather so it would have the seamless look of the 575 dash.

Nikki sixx 11-11-2014 05:03 PM

I like the ideas guys. Has any one seen or heard of this being done?

tazandjan 11-11-2014 07:56 PM

Nikki- No, I can almost guarantee you would be the first. Make sure you can return it to OEM later if needed.

Nikki sixx 01-14-2015 04:51 PM

Now that I have the car, I just want to keep it stock. It really is perfect that way.

tazandjan 01-14-2015 07:36 PM

Nikki- You are learning.

Bluebottle 01-14-2015 11:51 PM

Glad to hear that you are not going to butcher your 550's dash - it sounded like a lot of work for dubious benefit. Congratulations on your purchase - good choice :thumbsup:


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