This is what my interior looks like currently:
I am getting ready to install a new steering wheel, finally, and I want to also do something about that gague pod. For a long time, my plan was to fashion a custom dash / steering column support and mount aftermarket gagues. But the other day a few things occurred to me:
1. I rarely, if ever, look at the tach. I shift by ear (or rev limiter, depending on how angry I am)
2. I rarely, if ever, look at the speedo. I just drive with the flow of traffic.
3. I rarely look at the oil pressure gague. I probably should, but the fact of the matter is, I don't. Same goes for the water temp.
4. I have had pretty good luck with the local constabulary (never pulled over in this car, in spite of the gutted interior)
So I am considering taking the "de-wiring" project to the next phase and eliminating the gagues altogether. I would probably install idiot lights for oil pressure, water temp, and fuel level, and also retain (a) check engine light. But no tach/speedo or other gagues.
I guess I should mention that the motor is stock (so no turbo to monitor), and I don't track the car (no time)
I would relocate the switches and lights to a small panel near the base of the windsheld, and fabricate a more minimal steering column support.
If you feel like trying to talk me out of this hair-brained idea, go right ahead and try.