My original cost saving idea was to buy special dashboard filler and four way stretchable pleather and recover the whole dash. My honest friend told me it was a dumb idea but I showed him. I showed him all right–I showed him he was correct. I broke down and bought the cheapest plastic dash cover I could find. The result was far superior to anything I was going to do with filler and pleather.
I bought a factory second f-body gauge cluster from Intellitronix via eBay. It’s slick and it was easy to install. If you’re running a full on ECU like me it is recommended you run two sets of sensors, one for the gauge cluster and one for the ECU.