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Loose Rivets 23 Mar 2021 01:48 #110579

RickG post=110575 wrote:

MercuryMarc post=110564 wrote:  I think I will have to get individual Pods, not sure at the moment, Unless Rick you want to make me one??? Just Kidding.

 

Yeah, that's how it always starts ...a challenge and then I'm off to the races.  Maybe a good excuse to buy that English wheel I've had my eye on. :)

Don't forget, you already have to many projects going on. Lol :)
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 22:32 #110575

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MercuryMarc post=110564 wrote:  I think I will have to get individual Pods, not sure at the moment, Unless Rick you want to make me one??? Just Kidding.
 

Yeah, that's how it always starts ...a challenge and then I'm off to the races.  Maybe a good excuse to buy that English wheel I've had my eye on. :)
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 18:31 #110569

Locomotion post=110565 wrote: My late brother-in-law built and raced 17' flatbottom drag boats propelled by blown, alcohol injected, big block Chevys that ran low 6 second quarter miles at over 165 MPH, 

I would've thought any different!!!!

 

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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 17:17 #110565

My late brother-in-law built and raced 17' flatbottom drag boats propelled by blown, alcohol injected, big block Chevys that ran low 6 second quarter miles at over 165 MPH, he said that over a hundred you didn't need a speedometer you only needed a tach ;-)
They mounted the tack on the deck using these
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 16:46 #110564

I do like the look of the Dash Pods. "some of them" I have two gages that require 3-3/8" holes and would like to install another gauge I have that is 2-1/16" hole. I think I will have to get individual Pods, not sure at the moment, Unless Rick you want to make me one??? Just Kidding.

The one that rivets and fins posted I like a lot but  I believe they are all 2-1/16" gauges.
I like the creative thinking Jeff! Thanks,
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 15:24 #110561

Rick, that is what i was thinking  a dash  pod can look cool 

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Maybe something along these lines, but more streamlined, and fashioned from aluminum?

 
Yes... I've been watching too many Ron Covell videos on YouTube. :)
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 13:39 #110555

Mark, I have a long story/example re: mounting an electronic gauge.  I have an NMEA2000 display for my Suzuki motor.  It shows tach & fuel used, and you can add speed sensor and/or GPS receiver/antenna to get speed & MPG.  It is a standard 4" gauge size.  I didn't want to cut a 4" hole in my dash for it, so initially I mounted it to the deck of my DR.  I found a stainless cocktail shaker which was the right diameter at the opening, and cut a couple holes in it.  Mounted it to an aluminum cleat, which I filed a concave profile into the top of to roughly match the shaker.  (I needed to cut the profile a little deeper, but eventually abandoned the deck-mount idea altogether.)







Eventually, I opened the gauge and found that it was a flat PC board and a lot of empty space in the gauge can (to give the same size as a legacy 4" gauge).  So I cut up the plastic can to eliminate most of the empty space, making the gauge much more shallow.  I surface-mounted it to the dash (without cutting a hole), and have been happy with that arrangement since.





I think I still have the stainless can - which should fit any standard 4" gauge - and the modified cleat.  If you're interested I will give them to you.  But you can probably do better.  For a while I was looking at vintage automotive dash-mount tachometers on Ebay for a solution, but most seemed to use stamped chromed steel brackets - not very suitable for marine application.  Though some probably looked better than my hack.

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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 12:33 #110553

Before Joe Poole ordered the GPS speedo he questioned  the same thing. Joe called and the tech, and he said there shouldn't be any problems with the gage being mounted in the dash. The tech said the signal shoots out from the face of the gage too.

Another reason I decided to keep the GPS is I am going to mount the gages on top of the deck. When I had my gauges mounted to the dash of the hawk, I always had to look down and see. Now that I will be going 100 MPH I thought that the gauges would work better on the dash, haven't figured out how to mount them yet?
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Loose Rivets 22 Mar 2021 12:05 #110552

Hey Marc,

What did you find out about the GPS speedo?
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