Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
August 17, 2007

We first met up with Classic Instruments at a trade show two years ago. John McLeod, Classic's owner, and Zac Compton, one of Classic's sales associates, picked our brains about Mustang gauges. It seemed that the guys in engineering were on the fence about their next project. Should they do a gauge cluster for the early Camaro or for the popular '67-'68 Mustang market? The '67-'68 market is undeniably hot, and while there's already a couple of different gauge solutions on the market, there's nothing like competition to improve a product line.

After discussing the market and talking them into putting the Camaro kit on the back burner (sorry, Chevy guys), we worked with the crew from Classic Instruments, including many e-mails and phone calls with Dave Falther, Classic's production manager, to work out their gauge program.

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Providing Classic Instruments with some points of contact for a dash bezel, and following up with measurements and wiring diagrams, as well as Classic's tooling time for mounting the gauges, took the better part of a year. At the end of all this hard work, Classic Instruments sent us a prototype, which you'll see in the photos, so we could test fit it and offer feedback.

Now Classic Instruments has a completed product that we think will be a hit. The new '67-'68 cluster is competitively priced, installs easily, and works like it should. The gauge cluster is available in three styles: the Hot Rod Series with a black face, white lettering, and an orange pointer; the White Hot Series with a white face, black lettering, and an orange pointer; and the G/Stock Series with a black face, mint-green lettering, and an orange pointer. We chose the G/Stock Series for our installation.

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Our photos are of a preproduction unit, so there are some minor changes to the pieces on the market now. We note those changes in the captions for you.