The original gauges at both of my helm stations are beginning to fail after 39 years of service, and I am looking to make a mahogany bezel to hold the 8 different gauges required at each helm for the two engines, as well as tachometers and a sync gauge.

I am having trouble finding a site that lists the gauges I need - especially the trans oil temp gauges. I was hoping to find something with some style, and hopefully in a set. Do any of you have suggestions as to where I should be shopping? I know I'm not the first to tackle this challenge.



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Have the old ones rebuilt.  These are the guys to see.


His is a 1981 and I don't think Kocian  works on those because I asked about refurbishing mine and I don't think they work on those multi gauge clusters like mine. I think his are probably the same. I could be wrong because my memory is not what it used to be but I'm guessing he wants better instruments and if so I am in the same boat. These 70's and early 80's instruments are not attractive or iconic like the older 60's units.  Bill do you have a picture? I'm 99% yours are the same as mine but I am going to follow this thread since i want to tackle the same project at some point.    


You are correct. Mine is equipped with the Chris Craft Command Center like in the attached photo.  Gauge%20panel%20explanations.jpg 

And yes, I am trying to find a better set of gauges than those originally installed.


That's the one. Only the voltmeters work in my flybridge & half of the gauges at the main helm are inoperative.

I will be using VDO Vision Black. Round but the size is right. They also have different looks if you prefer.

Try Autometer, they make excellent aftermarket gauges & senders.

Dan is correct, Autometer does make nice gauges. However, another great source is Summit Racing,       

They also carry Autometer and are nice folks to deal with. Here's a picture of an auxiliary  gauge panel I made for our 38. I bought all of the gauges from Summit except for the voltmeters, which I picked up at a Kenworth dealer.

I have one of the multi gauge Chris Craft panels from my 1973 410. Mine was changed over to digital flat screen by the PO.

I can send you the gauge cluster. Not sure it works.

John Brock

Thanks John. My electrical guy is going to check out my gauges first and see if they are the issue, or if it is faulty wiring or connectors. Once I know that, I will know if I need a new cluster, or just want to go with individual new gauges.


Hey if Bill opts out I would love to have it.



Ok Al.

Check my member profile for contact information.

John Brock

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