Jim Smart
July 1, 2000

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The Haneline custom instrument panel kit for ’69-’70 Mustangs arrives at your door looking like this with adapters, wiring, sensors, and gauges. Instructions included with the kit make installation a snap.
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Installation of the Haneline cluster begins with removal of the dashpad, the bottom sections, and the factory cluster.
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Cluster removal is simple. Because ’69-’70 dashboards were modular in design, each segment is easy to remove. Remove the screws and the instrument cluster pulls out.
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The back of the stock ’69-’70 cluster has to be trimmed as shown to clear the Haneline instruments.
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Haneline provides an adapter plate for the speedometer and tachometer, which are positioned in the center two pods.
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The Classic Instruments’ gauges fit conventionally with brackets, as shown here.
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The electric speedometer is calibrated by clicking in a combination of switches depending upon axle ratio and tire size.
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The twin-gauge (speedometer and tachometer) center section is installed first.
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Each side gauge pod is fitted with a dual-gauge Classic Instruments unit. To the driver’s left are fuel level and oil pressure. To the right are coolant temperature and battery voltage (not amperage). Each unit installs to a backing plate, then is fitted to the factory cluster.
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Each gauge is grounded on a “gang ground” that includes all instruments.
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Connected, the left-hand unit should look like this. All leads are labeled for easy wiring.
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Three indicator diodes are included: left- and right-turn indicators, and high beam. Haneline allows you to choose where they go. For our installation, Tim Love positioned the turn indicator diodes in each outside gauge pod. High beam is positioned above the speedometer. These diodes tie directly to the factory turn indicator and high-beam leads.
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This is the right-hand gauge with temperature and voltage. Note how it fits in the adapter plate.
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The right-hand gauge installs in the pod as shown. It’s a nice fit.
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This is the turn indicator diode.
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Follow the labeled wires and be clean in your execution. It is a good idea to tie-wrap these wires into a bundle before final installation. Ultimately, you’re going to plug these wires into the vehicle’s main wiring loom.
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The factory ’69-’70 cluster has a single plug that feeds a printed circuit board to feed power to the instruments and lights. This plug is removed from the main wiring loom and discarded. Before you cut, get familiar with the factory wiring color codes and determine each wire’s purpose. Once cut, these wires tie into the Haneline plugs and harness.
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On the Haneline plugs, note that each wire is labeled, just like the instrument cluster harnesses. Each of these leads is tied to the factory lead. The dashlight lead, for example, is tied to the blue-with-red-stripe wire in the factory harness. Ground goes directly to ground. Follow the instructions closely.
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Once the Haneline harnesses are tied to the factory wiring harness, removal and installation of the Haneline cluster is simple. A test light helps you determine where the power is.
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The electric speedometer lead has to be routed down to the transmission, then the speedometer cable is disconnected and removed. Transfer the speedometer gear to the Haneline sending unit and install the sender where the speedometer cable entered the transmission. Plug the sender into the lead to the speedometer. Power enters the sender via the white wire and goes to ground via the black wire.
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You must use the Haneline temperature and oil-pressure sending units for compatibility with Classic Instruments’ gauges.
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The tach lead goes to the distributor side of the ignition coil.
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Secure the wiring and be certain none of it is subject to chaffing. Wrap it with electrical tape and use tie-wraps.
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The Haneline cluster is fitted in place. Installation of these modular clusters is easy. Fit the pieces in place and install the screws. Before installing the dashpad, check the cluster for proper operation.
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The new Haneline cluster is a nice touch for any ’69-’70 Mustang restomod.

You've got to hand it to Haneline Products. This company has been offering classic Ford options and alternatives for many years now with no apparent end in sight. We're talking power windows and door locks, and custom instrument panels for '64-'66 Mustangs, Falcons, and Comets. For 2000, Haneline has introduced a new generation of custom instrument panels for '69-'70 Mustangs.

More complicated than its '65-'66 predecessor, the Haneline instrument panel for '69-'70 Mustangs looks sharp when the job is finished. We hooked up with Haneline's Tim Love, who showed us how to install the panel. The kit includes Classic Instruments' gauges: electric speedometer, tachometer, and two instruments that include water temperature, oil pressure, voltage, and fuel level. These instruments were born for a '69-70 Mustang instrument panel.