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Steve O
12-05-2004, 11:01 PM
Even with an "R sport" cluster, in an '80 240 there are few places to mount gauges. Needing to be a little more informed, I needed a spot for a few more.
<img src=http://home.comcast.net/~p1800jensen/clockless.jpg>
After a little time working with plastic, a dremel and a bunch of epoxy, I found a suitable location. It's almost done, looks stock and holds two more gauges where a single clock used to go.

the poi
12-05-2004, 11:20 PM
pics of dash for the 240-deficient among us? :)

Steve O
12-05-2004, 11:32 PM
Not mine but they look like this.

<img src=http://home.comcast.net/~p1800jensen/f1_1_b.jpg>

PWRPUFF
12-06-2004, 02:40 AM
I've seen setups in which extra gauges were mounted through the dashboard foam above the vents. Toughest part is cutting through the steel underneath.

-- Kane ... or so it's been said.

volvoyo242
12-06-2004, 02:11 PM
That looks awesome.

If I may ask, how did you get it to look so stock? The center matches up so well with the rest.

Steve O
12-06-2004, 05:42 PM
Lots of prep and paint texturing.

Sinbad the Sailor
12-06-2004, 07:20 PM
That is a great job it looks really clean

olov
12-06-2004, 09:10 PM
what type of epoxy? paint texturing? i'm scared to hack plastic b/c i've never had any luck making it look good afterwards.

oh yeah, looks good

Dr. Volvo
12-08-2004, 01:53 PM
I have one or two of theese!

Here in Norway the cheap models came without clock!

They didn't have the shelf either.

Steve O
12-08-2004, 02:41 PM
How much would you charge to ship one to the US (Cali)?

kyle242gt
12-08-2004, 02:51 PM
Not a great shot, and I'm too lazy to go snap another one, but here's my take at it:
http://www.sonic.net/~kyle/242/show/1118gauges.jpg

Steve - yours looks great!! Is there enough depth without running into the metal part of the dash behind the panel? I found the 2 1/16" (?) gauge was a smidge too wide to fit in the clock hole, hence the slightly spread appearance in my pic. Your removal of the entire clock mount is a way better way to go. Way to go! :-P

Morley
12-08-2004, 03:22 PM
How much would you charge to ship one to the US (Cali)?

Haha, why does the US always want the parts we here in Europe hate so much? Those clockless centers grow on trees here :-P

when I first got my 240, the "nose-hood" ;-) was the thing to get, whereas you have always drooled over flathoods...luckily the tide seems to be turning, as more and more cars have the flathood rather than the hidious nose-hood over here.

oldschoolvolvo
12-08-2004, 06:26 PM
Wow! That looks really good! If I ever need to mount more gauges in my car, that's the route I'd go.

Steve O
12-08-2004, 06:50 PM
Haha, why does the US always want the parts we here in Europe hate so much? Those clockless centers grow on trees here :-P

I need gauge space.

Da_Snake
12-09-2004, 09:52 AM
I usually do like this in cars with the old board.
http://w1.587.telia.com/~u58704684/Hasse/242_3.JPG

If you put a little more energy into making it look good and not just cut out a piece of alu and drill holes in like i did in that pic it can actually look good.

Steve O
12-09-2004, 03:21 PM
I wanted to keep the center vents. I like creature comforts.