Looked at trying to find a good speedo head for a 79 Camaro. just not available in the aftermarket world and iffy on the used market. this site does have a sponsor that does rebuild gauges. But I went with the Dakota Digital offering. Still am able to use my original bezel but get the latest in electronics. I had other reasons to do so but am happy with the choice. If you can swing the price tag may be worth it.
Is it just the speedo mounting that is different on the 81 or do the rest of the gauges mount differently, too? I ask because last summer I modified all of the gauge cover plates on the back of the cluster to retrofit my own gauges. It only had dummy lights before and no way in hell I could run like that! If all other gauges are the same, I could just swap my modified plates into an older cluster with a better speedo. Ya?