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Custom gauge faces that you can make out of paper

Discussion in 'Street Trucks' started by Hartman, March 1, 2002.

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      I'll keep checking back to see what you end up doing. I'm interested in doing it, but I don'th ave my car near me for about 1 month, so i'll have to keep reading up.
       
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      I've been sitting on this idea since I first read about doing custom paper gauges, I was going to try it first, but haven't gotten to it... SO I figured I'd share it and see what you guys think. Seems like it would be super easy to take that same template to a custom metal fab shop... and have them cut it out of some super thin brushed alluminum... Anyone see a reason why this wouldn't work?? I think it would be sweet. It seems like you could do the same kind of thing for the ac/fan panel too, stick it on with some spray adhesive... I've got the JVC KDSH99 (mp3 player) cd player in, and its got the brushed al face, so those three combined would look way awesome. Just some ideas.
       
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      That's an awesome idea... I know of a whole bunch of custom laser shops in Northern California. I'll have to check it out this summer...
       
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      bigtigexplorer, how do your needles look colored with a shapie? Do the still light up well? I am a but hesitant to just go and marker them, i still want them to glow at night. thanks
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      Rx4phun, If you go back to page one of this thread, scroll down about 3/4 of the way down I posted a couple of pictures of the paper Tiger gauges I made. There is a good night shot where you can see the needles.

      When/if you decide to go for it. Do it at night and use one fluid stroke from the base of the needle to the tip at a time testing the brightness between strokes until they are the color you want.
       
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      That looks great, pretty cool gauges too, Thanks a bunch
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      bigtig, are you having the same problems with the light coming through on your gauges too, or is it just because harry is trying to do this in white? How did you make the black layer on yours?
       
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      With the Tiger gauges I made, I wasn't concered with the night time color so I just put the paper gauges over the factory gauges. Hence no problems, however I'm currently make another set for Explorer4u2c which are having the same problems.
       
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      An I must say the gauges he is making look sweeeet sofar from the day pictures i've seen... thanks
       
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      Aaah, I get it. Well keep us updated on what happens with all of the problems with the gauges...
       
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      The 3rd generation prototype has just been completed and I think it's a keeper. :D

      It's still a stock bulb in there so I'm thinking when I put a white LED bulb in, it will be brighter and more blue.

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      This is the order of the completed gauge.

      TOP
      1) White layer (White laser paper).
      2) Black layer with dummy lights (Transparancy paper).
      3) Black layer with dummy lights reversed (Transparancy paper).
      BOTTOM

      I know the needles don't show but now that part I of this project is complete, I can move on to part II.....

      I'm going to fabricate something similar to the intelliglow/ indiglow needles that are out and incorporate them into the gauge faces. I have an idea of how to construct them but need the components for testing (which will probably be ordered tomorrow).
       
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      Can someone list all the dummy lights on the 94's gauges or better yet, take a picture for me?

      Does anyone in the Orange County, CA area happen to have an extra complete 1st Gen. gauge cluster I could look at, take pictures of, or borrow?

      Thanks,
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      Maybe because it's late, or I'm dense, but what do you mean by dummy lights reversed?
       
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      I flipped one the sheets in photoshop and printed it out. I tried to do it on one sheet but they weren't lining up right.

      I did it so the background would be darker (no light leaking thru) and the guage lines and dummy light would have better color.
       
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      Okay, I think I have what some of you first generation guys have been looking for!
       

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      Here's the tach. It's a little offcolor but I had to do it to get the dummy lights to show.
       

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      Speedo. Let's see your designs boys.
       

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      zensius-

      There are only 3 dummy lights, correct?

      Are the seat belt & brake colored red & high beams blue?
       
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      Yeah that's right, only three. And the high beam one is supposed to be blue but I had to light it from behind when scanning and that changed the color. The other two are red.
       
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      Thanks Zensius. Are these actual size?
       
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      Also, what does the top of the Speedo cluster look like? Did you crop that off, or did it just scan poorly? Thanks
       
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      Right on. I'll get them prepped for photoshop.
       
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      Ok Harry, I figured it out..
      First, I have a 98 Explorer, so you'll have to get the zip that was done with a scan of indiglo gauges on page 2 I believe (the ones you are using for yours have the Check gauge and fuel reset in the wrong place).

      So I want them to be just White face gauges. If you would include the Ford Racing Logo like on yours that would be cool, I dont care about that glowing at night. I want the regular 10-120mph speedo (no "warp" tag ;) )
      Get rid of the 4WD High and 4WD Low dummy lights
      Get rid of the Check Susp dummy light (both of those are if they arent a PIA, if they are dont worry about it)
      Make the "6" on the tach red like on your gauges.
      Other than the 6 on the tach being red I just want everything to be the factory colors (all numbers are that green color, as are the the other gauges, not blue like yours are).

      In your pic where the needles didnt show, is this going to make mine that dark, or were yours just not hooked up? Also if you could tell me how these slide on, like do I have to remove the needles or what? Never played with my gauge cluster so I'm pretty clueless. Thanks so much for all your help, I owe ya one.

      One last thing, those needles sounds really cool, please keep us updated on it!!!!
       
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      Here's a full speedo scan. If anyone wants a complete scan of all the gauges side by side I can email one your way.
       

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      OK. This one should be easy. Since you want the existing colors, you should be able to lay this on top of the stock gauges.

      Becasue you have the stock ones underneath, all the dummy light will stay in the same location and color.

      Take a look at this.

      Gauge

      I increased the needle holes so you could try to slip them on.

      Is Adobe Photoshop elements able to use .PSD files?
       

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