Project Rebirth ’71 Suburban, Part 4: Gauge Gratification
Lowboy Motorsports Replaces Our Gauge Panel With Dakota Digital Products From Summit Racing Equipment
So, you're cruising your truck down the highway and look to check your current mph but the speedometer is broken. That would be a fairly easy fix. However, in the case of our '71 Suburban project, not only was the speedo out of order but the fuel gauge needle was stripped, making it do crazy things. In addition, the previous owner had relocated the temperature and oil pressure gauges into a pod under the ashtray pocket, further complicating the issue.
It was time to replace it all with a one-piece solution from Dakota Digital. We placed an order with Summit Racing Equipment for a set of VHX gauges on a Monday and had them in hand for a Friday installation as we wrapped up other items for this project. There's nothing quite like that feeling of excitement when ordering something you really want or need and the joy when that item shows up at your door.
Summit Racing carries a full line of the various Dakota Digital products for C10s and many other trucks, including a new gauge bezel, making installation simple. We chose the VHX Series analog gauge set for its classic styling cues and ease of use. On top of replacing the broken, wonky, and relocated gauges in the Chevy, the new set included a tachometer and analog clock that weren't part of the previous setup. Take a look at our installation at Lowboy Motorsports as we take another step toward improving the safety, reliability, and driveability of our '71 Chevrolet C10 Suburban.