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Hi all, I am starting this thread to document the progress of my project.
I have a question for those who have dealt with reproduction gauge clusters; I am considering one that is offered by thepartsplaceinc on eBay. I have asked the seller these questions and have not received a satisfactory answer or I possibly haven't asked it understandably.
Are the sending units for the oil pressure and water temp included in the set? Does the connector on the gas gauge match the connector on the original harness? Any one here bought one of these; I am looking at the one for a hood tach car.
I am adding some pictures of the car as it sits now, I've already done a little.
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Now heres a thread i can relate to...welcome to the herd 428, very solid ride you got there, even better off than i started with 8 months ago. My motto on the build was if i can't get it for 40% off retail i don't need it yet. and starting with a Tempest you get a better starter car for your dollar, and hell by the time you re-build it with GTO parts, the only difference will be the number of letters on the badges. I have an original Hood tach that i got (not working) for 30.00, the harley mechanic across the street found an old tach with a small housing that i am going to dismantle and see if i can make work in the housing as the face, housing and lens are near perfect.oil pressure will need a matched sending unit i would believe, water pump probe should just need a collar fitting for the intake (mine required one from manufacture sold separately). I made a custom fiberglass insert for the dash pad backer then re-stretched the dash pad in black vinyl, just dash wanted 900.00 for the same thing, i bought an extra backer from a members parts car and did an original one also and material to do both was under 100.00. that way i did not have to take the dash apart and the pads just slide on and of with two screws. Started on my car sept. 10 last year when the car hauler dropped it at my door, i will be putting the final trim pieces and rear bumper on tonight, i have done all work except machining by myself and have kept it on a very tight budget and anything i have altered from original can be undone in a weekend. heres the finished product and a link to my photobucket that has detail photos of the dash pads and such along with start to finish progress. Send me a PM if you want an idea of budget....have not tabbed it up yet....but i have a pretty close running total with free labor...









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Brian, I super like that air cleaner. Are those available or did you fabricate? If/when I switch too a single carb intake, that would be the cleaner I would like to run.
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its made by spectra, and can be ordered online or through advance auto
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Awesome project. Love the dual quads, they make the car! Don't take them off. 66s are supposed to have duals or trips. Is that the stock AC compressor, looks like something off a Mopar, interesting, or is that a 65?. Good luck on your build!

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Awesome project. Love the dual quads, they make the car! Don't take them off. 66s are supposed to have duals or trips. Is that the stock AC compressor, looks like something off a Mopar, interesting, or is that a 65?. Good luck on your build!
Thank you.
The AC is "era correct" ARA dealer installed option according to the AC shop here in town where I had the system evacuated. It's not my bag, I'm pulling the unit, I don't like the looks of it under the hood or under the dash. It obstructs ashtray accessibility, the accelerator pedal and the view of the 65' center console.
The AC works great and I will store it completely seals and out of the elements; someone may want it for their restore project somewhere down the road. I need to rummage through all my old brackets and relocate the alternator mount; then the compressor/evaporator/etc. will be removed as well.
This Tempest is a 1967, 69 428 block, 63' 421 heads and intake. I'v heard all the "it can't be this and it can't be that(s)". It is what it is.
Has a nasty tendency to hop like a Granny's "giant jack rabbit" when I nail it or try to do a decent drift/doughnut; I am always looking for advise on taming that problem. I know about zilch when it come to suspension.
Today's goal: 1. finish dynamat backside of dash, two layers on the floor, one layer along the quarters and the entire trunk.
2. Start the first stage of the dash bezel "refinish" for lack of a better term.
More pictures soon.

Truthfully; I'll be lucky if I get this goal done by the weekend. Moving kinda slow at the junction.
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that is a bad ass cross ram set-up but one carb is enough to tune...lol, and i love the chrome nose on the 67', did not know the tempest had the pontiac badges on top rail of header panel in 67', 66' they are in drivers side grill where your 428 is.
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"Tempest on a Shoestring"...sounds like a good name for a 'Smiths' song....great band



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I knew it wasnt' a 66 by the tail lights, 67 makes sense. I couldn't see the rear sail panels.
My buddy had a 70 dart with an underdash AC, his compressor was like that, dealer installed makes sense.
Guess you are going to need a bigger box to ship me the AC and cross ram, lol.. Taking offers?

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"Tempest in a Tea Pot" is a Chili Peppers song....
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