gauge Bezel - TAB REPAIR INFO and PICS

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  1. 77RS

    77RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This is a tech article on repairing the broken mounting tabs on the 70-81 Camaro gauge bezel. I've tried several methods of repairing tabs, and this seems to be the best so far. With a little patience and just a few bucks, you can repair tabs at home.

    This is a typical gauge housing with all four mounting tabs broken. Only two of the tabs are shown here.

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    Cut the vertical tab completely flush with the horizontal portion of the tab. This will give a sturdy mounting point for the new plastic to be put into place.

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    IMPORTANT - The gauge housing is made of ABS plastic. The new tabs should also be made of ABS plastic material. ABS bonds very well with super glues. I sometimes use plastic cut from spare guage housings. In this example, an ABS 4" pipe plug was used. Although products such as LEXAN (polycarbonate resin) are much stronger than ABS, it will not bond very well with ABS.

    Cut a piece of ABS into small squares slightly larger than needed. Remove all the dust and leave a clean edge.

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    Make sure the mating surfaces of the gauge housing and the replacement tab are clean. Use a quality super glue (I use LockTite Super Max) and spread liberally on both mounting surface. Apply the new tab flush with the gauge housing horizontal tab mounting area.

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    I use an aluminum duct tape to overlap the repair area. this will add a little strength and also give a clean smooth surface for the repair guides.

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    Repeat the procedure on all tabs to be repaired.

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    I have duplicated the exact size and shape of the factory tabs in a stick-on decal. I will post info on how to get these decals at the end of the article.

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    Apply the decal flush with the bottom of the horizontal mounting surface. the decal is outlined in black to show where to cut and drill.

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    77RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I use a bandsaw to rough cut the tabs, then use a dremel to round out the edges. Use a 3/16" drill bit to drill the mounting hole.

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    After cutting, there will be reinforcement tape left on both sides of the tab.

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    When finished, you will have a strong mounting tab that should last for years to come. Here is a pic of one of the tabs that was just repaired with a 3 lb hammer hanging from it.

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    77RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If anyone is interested in getting the repair guide decals, please send me a PM or an email.

    For a limited time, I will provide these for only $2 per set for members here at NastyZ28. I only ask that you provide me with a self addressed stamped envelope, and I ask that you only get them if you're seriously going to use them.

    This is my small way of giving back to the community.
    Thanks!
    Daniel
     
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    Daniel,

    Great write up... Thanks for doing this ....;)

    Sent ya PM :)
     
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    As usual, ANOTHER great fix from Daniel !!!
    You are filling in some of the greatly needed items for our cars !!
     
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    Excellent...very well written and thought out.
     
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    Great information and instruction
     
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    PM Sent :bowtie:
     
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    77RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks for the compliments. :) This has worked well for me.

    The broken tabs is the one mutual problem for all of our cars. Hopefully this will help a lot of people out.
     
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    Well it is strong
     

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