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Funkwagon455



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PostSubject: Gauge cluster swapping   Gauge cluster swapping Icon_minitimeMon Dec 18, 2017 10:43 pm

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So since swapping from a '92 Olds Custom Cruiser for 13 years as my daily ride to a '92 Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon, I've had the luxury of enjoying both models as well as realizing what features I prefer on both models.  One feature that the '91-'93 models feature that I appreciate is the full gauge cluster that was ironically omitted on the more powerful LT1 examples.  Sadly, I personally have felt that the Buick gauge cluster lacks the personality and attitude the the Olds had, and I've missed it.  Physically the clusters are much the same, and the differences are mostly in light colors and fonts.  I already had two spare Custom Cruiser clusters and started to wonder about the possibility of swapping the units.  This weekend I tore apart my dash and tried this and fortunately almost everything functioned as advertised without electrical modification.  The only light that was not the same was the "Service Engine Soon" light which is located on the opposite side of the cluster.  After a quick solder project with a wire jumper, the Service Engine light was functioning as advertised, and the cluster looked/functioned as advertised.  I also disassembled the odometer on the Olds cluster and adjusted to mirror the odometer in the original Buick cluster.  I drove the car today to work forty miles each way in the dark and enjoyed the fruits of my work.  If you've ever wondered or considered this swap, I can testify that it WILL work with minimal modifications.Gauge cluster swapping Image20
here is a photo for comparison


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PostSubject: Re: Gauge cluster swapping   Gauge cluster swapping Icon_minitimeMon Dec 18, 2017 10:55 pm

Very nice work!

Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Gauge cluster swapping   Gauge cluster swapping Icon_minitimeTue Dec 19, 2017 12:40 am

Looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: Gauge cluster swapping   Gauge cluster swapping Icon_minitimeTue Dec 19, 2017 12:39 pm

Nice mod!
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PostSubject: Re: Gauge cluster swapping   Gauge cluster swapping Icon_minitimeTue Dec 19, 2017 1:10 pm

I'm really shocked they changed the Check Engine light. I always thought it was just font/color.

I like the Olds cluster better too, looks sportier!
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