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post #1 of 16 Old 11-08-2014, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Dash modifications 550

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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?
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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?

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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.....

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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.
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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.

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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:



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):


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

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



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):

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..
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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.

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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.

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I like the ideas guys. Has any one seen or heard of this being done?
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Nikki- No, I can almost guarantee you would be the first. Make sure you can return it to OEM later if needed.

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Now that I have the car, I just want to keep it stock. It really is perfect that way.
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Nikki- You are learning.

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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

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