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After adding the vacuum gauge to my Falcon, I had to build a single mounting plate, as I couldn't find a chrome or black plate for a single gauge. Then I later thought about checking for gauge pods, as I had years ago purchased 4 nice chrome pods from Summit for my Camaro at about $4-$5 each. Nothing available that wasn't crazy high priced at around $25 each!
Looking at Ebay I found a ton of very inexpensive pods for around $3 each, but all were black. No big deal as I figured I could paint the housing. I took a $3 chance (free shipping!) and got one. It came yesterday, and although it is plastic, it's nicely made to accept a 2" gauge.
I scuffed the outside with 600 grit, and gave it an aluminum paint job. Looks very close to my Autometer tach, which it will sit beside. A nice alternative to open plates with exposed connections on the back, and cheap.

 

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Wow that came out great.............there is cheap and then there is best bang for the buck.....I think you got the best bang for the buck covered....I love when some one makes an item work for them
 

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Thanks Lash! I removed my gauge yesterday and relocated it inside the new pod. Mounted the base next to my Autometer tach, and it looks much nicer on top of the dash without seeing the vacuum and electrical connections. I may purchase 4 more to hang under the dashboard on my '69 Suburban. It has a multi gauge panel, but these hanging upside down below would look better.
 

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Nice find Vall. Great idea. I used exhaust pipe for my cluster around the steering column on my Chevy.
 

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How did you close the back in? Just a flat plate, or did you find something round and curved?
You know something , I don't think I finished the back because it was so close to the dash nobody could see whether it was or not. So I did the slip slide on that one. But I love the cluster look behind the wheel.
 
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