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 changing instruments/dials

Hi there, I have a 2004 vaux corsa c, and was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on this idea of mines.

This idea has been in my mind a long me now, and I ran it past my installer this morning to see what he thought...

Its theoretically perfectly possible, although a few things have to be taken into consideration, some of which we probably havent thought of yet, and all of which I have no clue about...

I wanted to remove and smooth away where the standard instruments are, behind the steering wheel. These would be replaced, in the centre console, by something really cool and retro...

Originally I had thought of the instruments out of the new mini cooper S, but apparently this idea isnt going to be possible because in mini's the signal is received electronically by the instruments, from the ECU, whereas the corsas are analog, or basically works by a cable, as far as I understand. And the only the way this could be overcome was by getting some probably insanely expensive box that would sort all this out for me, which probably doesnt exist anyway...

Sooooooo... we moved onto plan B, being clocks from an old mini, which are still cool and retro... But my installer reckoned these were a mixture of both electrical and analog workings, which may again not work.

Sooooo.. plan C, was to go REALLY old school, and use clocks from something like a triumph spitfire, which will definitely be all mechanical workings, but might not work because of the connections at the back of the instruments.

Also, the length of the speedo cable has to be taken into consideration, as it will have to be longer to reach the centre console.

Not going to be easy, but was just wondering if anyone could help shed some more light, or give any information that might make it easier...

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