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Old 02-19-2006, 02:16 AM
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Ashtray gauge mount

Just thought I would share a picture of the gauge mount I made to replace my ashtray in my 123. I'm using it to monitor my SVO system. I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

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Old 02-19-2006, 07:43 AM
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That's nice. I've been meaning to do something like that. Did you just use aluminum then spray paint it black?
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:37 AM
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that looks great, I'm gonna copy your idea and claim it as my own
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:31 AM
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Thats the best place I have seen to put the VO guages and switch. I guess if someone is a smoker and they use ash try like they're supposed to it would work out so well.

Yours looks good.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:16 PM
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Yep, it's aluminum painted with black "wrinkle" paint. It looks better in person than the picture. The wrinkle paint almost matches the leather like pattern of the plastics in that area of the car. I made a cardboard template, then transferred the pattern on to some aluminum .
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You can buy textured black plastic, that looks like leather. I've found it locally at our plastic store. Saves the paint scratching issue. Very nice job BG. One example here: http://www.rplastics.com/abssheet.html

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Old 02-19-2006, 04:55 PM
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You can buy textured black plastic, that looks like leather. I've found it locally at our plastic store. Saves the paint scratching issue. Very nice job BG. One example here: http://www.rplastics.com/abssheet.html
That plastic looks good; I'd like to replace the gradually deterioriating wood around my shifter with that sort of stuff.
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:17 PM
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That almost looks stock. Very clean install!
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:52 PM
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Tip: You can tap into the switched positive and ground that used to power the cigar lighter to run the gauges, just use a pair of spade crimp on terminals. Also, be sure to use the most flexible wire you can find otherwise it is a HUGE Pain to cram all of the wiring in.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:28 AM
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My Idea

Here's what I plan to do, Feel free to copy me....

I'm gonna put the guages in the ashtray, but still have the ashtray pull out, and have various switches mounted where you'd put out your cigarettes...cool eh!
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Here's what I plan to do, Feel free to copy me....

I'm gonna put the guages in the ashtray, but still have the ashtray pull out, and have various switches mounted where you'd put out your cigarettes...cool eh!
I dont think the depth of the ashtray would allow for gauges like that... I thought about it too
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:15 PM
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The ashtray has a lip that would not allow 2 1/16 gauges to fit.
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:51 PM
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Here's what I plan to do, Feel free to copy me....

I'm gonna put the guages in the ashtray, but still have the ashtray pull out, and have various switches mounted where you'd put out your cigarettes...cool eh!

What I was thinking is guages permanently mounted in the ashtray, then mount all the switches on the console between the seats. I have manual windows so I have a lot of space there
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:13 PM
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I would like to put the gauges in the ash tray if they fit so I still have access to the cigarette lighter jack for accessories. Otherwise I'm going to have to make a mount for that as well in the face plate.
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I was trying to locate crinkle-finish paint to hide the delaminating wood in the console on one of my cars...can't seem to find it anywhere.

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