Dakota Digital releases new gauge clusters for classic Chevrolets

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Dakota Digital has released several new gauge clusters for classic Chevrolets. | Dakota Digital photos
Dakota Digital has released several new gauge clusters for classic Chevrolets. | Dakota Digital photos

Dakota Digital recently unveiled a few new gauge clusters in its RTX line designed to fit in classic Chevrolets.

The first is designed to fit in cars produced for the 1955 and 1956 model years. The cluster includes a full-color message center and LED backlighting with user-adjustable colors.

“Every effort has been put forth to incorporate OEM design elements regarding the layout, face styling and indicators,” the product’s description reads. “A casual glance may dismiss these as original equipment, but once you hit the switch and the LED backlighting comes on in your favorite color scheme, all doubts will be removed.”

The cluster does not come with a bezel.

Dakota Digital followed that with a cluster made for 1957 models. On first glance, it appears the cluster only offers three readings, but an additional three are supplied by LED bars visible only when the key is turned on.

The cluster was designed to fit into the original cast housing and chrome rings are available separately, as is the matching clock.

Another new product is a cluster for trucks made between 1955 and 1959. Dakota Digital sneaks in a tachometer with the smaller gauges up top, increases the speedometer to 120 mph, and includes a message center in the mesh backing behind the speedometer needle.

This cluster won’t fit into GMC vehicles.

A fourth cluster also fits Chevy pickups made between 1967 and ’72. Designed to look as close to stock as possible, this cluster has color-changing LED backlighting and dual message centers blended with a traditional analog clock.

Prices for the new clusters started at $1,295.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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