This Article Is About All the Dashboard Electrics and Layout

 

Dash' Electrical Components:

  • Loom
  • Gauges:
    • Speedhut
  • Layout:
    • Warning lights: CBS (LED type)
    • Starter button: Is from Pilgrim
    • Light switch: CBS
    • Fog light switch: CBS
    • Heater fan switch: CBS
    • Heater control knob: CBS (The old fashioned pull/push bakelite type)


Dashboard Loom


Gauges

On the dash' functionality side of the house, I decided to make a compact ply mock-up (of just what I needed) and then connect everything up to the obvious within the looms. I didn't want to have to faff around with my "proper" dashboard i.e. taking it out and putting it back a hundred times to fiddle and fix things.

My Speedhut Dials

All labelled up and ready for joining up

Connected up the gauges illumination and pointer [serial feed] power and gnd lines to an unused pair of terminals on the dash' loom (L17 RW and B.)The [internal] power for all the gauges is provided from a single 12v keyed ignition wire (red); and there is a gauge brightness knob which I will mount on the dash' somewhere (no idea where yet.) This is why the illumination power is separate from the pointer power i.e. so the pointers won't dim when the gauge background lighting is adjusted.

The individual power and gnds leads plug directly into the single multi-gauge 'joining-up' lead, and the yellow wires are the individual sensor feeds that connect directly to the relevent sensors. Am not going to complicate things by using the engine loom plug as an interface to the dash' loom because the sensor wires are: a.) long enough, and b.) are all factory made up. So no need to interfere with, or to complicate things... I just have to plug them in and all should be good to go.

The two whites (illumination and pointer power) and the two blacks (illumination and pointer gnd) are joined together and fed from the same sources on the dash loom (RW and B)


Layout

My layout is going to be along the lines of the 427 S/C configuration but I've got some more thinking to do. Howevever, it'll look something like this: