1971 Dart Swinger Gauge upgrade

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    I have been looking all over the internet, trying to find an upgrade for my Dart Swinger dash.
    I have had no luck. Does any company make a dash upgrade for the Swinger?( 6 gauge cluster).
     
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      The wife and I fabricated a dash for my 71 Swinger. Was a tedious process but let me get all the gauges I wanted into the stock opening.

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      • RedFish

        RedFish Well-Known Member

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        sorry the link didn't work. Try this Auto Meter part number
        Auto Meter Dash Panel. Looks like you would need to alter the panel opening in your dash to include the lower switches in this later style panel. I don't know for sure that it will work.
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        charger426 Well-Known Member

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        Yeah that’s a dart sport/demon set up. Doesn’t work for a swinger opening.
         
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        • moparmarks

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          That fits Duster Demon and 72-up Dart.
          70-1 Dart is the long cluster.
          Different dash frames
           
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          Rocky Mt. Dashes used to make the 70-1 cluster. Don't think that they are around any more.

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          That covers/includes the lower section like like the later model factory panels too. Some dash metal was cut away.
          Far right instruments can't be seen from drivers seat. Those and the radio require a copilot? LOL
          The homemade panels above are better designed.
           
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          Ya and they were like 800.00 too.
           
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          Also it is not a Swinger thing but a year thing.
          70-71 Darts had the long cluster like the earlier Darts. Top pic.
          72 Darts went to the shorter Duster cluster. Lower pic.

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          I had a 71 Swinger with the wood grain.

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          This the difference in the 70-71 frame and the 72-up frame.

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          Also 237.36 for that piece of plastic is just stupid. I bought mine for around 85.00 when they first came out which I thought was kind of high.

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          You could buy a used '72-up dash frame, that would accommodate that insert, and fill it with the gauges you want.
           
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          That would an option but the heater control and the hole for it changed in 73. Mine had a wood grain dash which I decided I didn't want. I use a 71 Duster frame for mine.
          70-72 Duster and 72 Dart share the same frame.
           
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          I think that might be a good option. Thanks for all the suggestions.
           
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          • Wile E

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            I am still in the process. Project not done yet. I was able to purchase a 1972 dash panel from another forum member. I purchased a gauge panel insert from Autometer and gauges from new vintage (1969 series). Car is in a 3 month upgrade. will post picture when complete. Let me know if you have any questions.
             
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              22ga sheet metal
               
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