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HRIA Member Spotlight: Classic Instruments

Friday, May 13, 2022
HRIA named Classic Instruments as the council's latest member spotlight company. In this month's feature, Classic Instrument's COO John McLeod shares the company's current projects, and what advice he has for up-and-comers in the industry. Read Full Story Here!
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How To Install Classic Instruments’ New Bel Era III Gauge Panel

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
By Brian Brennan – Photography & Videography by the Author As seen in the April 2021 issue of Modern Rodding. If there ever was a hot rod that rodders wanted to alter, yet at the same time they know it’s probably best to leave it alone, it’s any year of the Tri-Five Che...
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#62 One for the Gauges - Two Guys Garage

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Check out episode 62 of the Two Guys Garage Podcast featuring John McLeod of Calssic Instruments. https://twoguysgarage.com/62-one-for-the-gauges/
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Upgrade the Gauges in Your 1967-1972 GM Truck with Classic Instruments

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Author: Todd Ryden | 01/12/2022 Note: In The Garage Media contributed to this article. You can see their work at https://www.inthegaragemedia.com.   Some may say that the instrument cluster of the 1967-1972 GM C10 pickup was nearly perfect in terms of ergonomics and function. A larg...
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Bel Era III Install Featured in All Chevy Performance Magazine

Friday, September 24, 2021

Check out the install of our Bel Era III package as featured in the May 2021 issue of All Chevy Performance!

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Tachometer 101: Saving Engines and Winning Races Is Still a Thing!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Why You Still Need A Rev-Counter, Plus 13 Really Good Ones You'll Like. These days, you can find a tachometer on practically any new car. Rental car or fleet-managed garbage truck, it doesn't matter; Read the full story here!
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5 Minutes with John McLeod

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Like many hot rod business owners, John McLeod of Classic Instruments is a lifelong car enthusiast whose hobby became his profession – or, more specifically, one of his professions. Prior to purchasing Classic Instruments and moving the company to Michigan two decades ago, McLeod was...
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Performance Gauge Article in Fastest Street Car Magazine

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Written By | Todd Ryden Photography by the Author   Every race engine needs a set of gauges to keep the driver informed of any anomaly that could occur during an event. Consistent engine temperatures, stable oil pressures (for obvious reasons), and proper operating voltage (for the ig...
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Classic Instruments Appoints Race Enthusiast to Promote Performance Gauge Lineup

Monday, March 8, 2021
Classic Instruments is pleased to introduce, Scott Avery, as the company’s Performance Gauge Division Manager. “Scott joined our team a little over a year ago and has been a great addition,” says owner John McLeod, “He has really stepped up to get our Performance Gauge offeri...
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Tips on Engine Cooling & Maintaining Temp Gauges From Classic Truck Performance

Monday, September 14, 2020

By Ron Ceridono–Photography by the Author & Courtesy of Classic Instruments

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Mississippi Queen —Classic Instruments’ 1985 GMC Classic Sierra C1500

Thursday, April 30, 2020
The story of John McLeod's 1985 GMC High Sierra started out innocent enough. Classic Instruments was in the development stages of ensuring a perfect fit for its new 1973-87 square body direct fit package and bought a 1985 GMC Sierra for R&D purposes and then fell into the same trap we all do...
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Update Regarding Open House Fund Raising

Monday, April 20, 2020
It is with great pleasure that we again thank all of the wonderful community members, hot rod enthusiats, and industry professionals for supporting our open house each year and allowing us to in turn support needs in our community that are near and dear to us. Last year, for our 2019 open house, the...
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Classic Instruments Eagerly Pitched In

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Gaylord businesses team up to make face shields for hospitals and first responders.

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Where It All Started—Classic Instruments

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
by Ainsley Jacobs for Race Pages Digital - January 17, 2020   The entrepreneurial spirit is often inherited, and John McLeod III was on the path to business ownership generations before he took action to lead aftermarket gauge manufacturer Classic Instruments. Read t...
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World’s Coolest Cop Wins SEMA Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award

Thursday, December 19, 2019
A Boyne City, Michigan police unit lit up behind a driverless GMC C10 pickup? At first glance one might believe they are looking at the aftermath of a police pursuit where the GMC driver is in custody and the police officer next to it is waiting for a wrecker to haul the Jimmy off to impound. But th...
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Shop Tour Featured in Rodding USA

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Check out the shop tour of Classic Instruments in Issue #37.

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Those are the Brakes

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The saga of John McLeod’s 1985 Chevy pickup began simply enough. His company, Classic Instruments, not only needed a C10 to build a prototype 1973-1987 square-body instrument panel to add to their line of direct-fit kits, but realized a shop truck would be a handy thing to have as well. Re...
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Fast growth, fast cars: Classic Instrument's John McLeod rolling right along

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
BOYNE CITY — When John McLeod looks back at when he and his wife relocated Classic Instruments from the West Coast to his home town of Boyne City, he nearly has to pinch himself. “I remember when we bought this place it was on the West Coast in the Portland, Oregon, area and it took a tw...
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Restoring an Original Fuel Tank

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Using stock, original components can be a budget-friendly affair. It can also turn costly if those vintage parts need a lot of R&R to get back to an acceptable state. One of those items that oftentimes needs a little bit of TLC is the gas tank. While building my 1952 Ford F-1, I knew I wanted to...
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Coyote Combo

Friday, June 1, 2018
As seen in the May issue of Street Rodder Magazine, a Classic Instruments retro-fit cluster was included in this 1941 Ford Woodie Coyote upgrade project. Read the full story here.
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A Dash of Class

Monday, March 26, 2018
It’s well established that Classic Trucks’ editor, Ryan Manson, marches to a different drummer (some say he stumbles to a tune no one else hears, but let’s not quibble). As a by-product of his unique approach to most things, he has produced a string of vehicles that have features t...
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1947-1953 Truck Package Featured in Classic Trucks

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
At one time fixing up an old truck required hours of climbing through rusted hulks at a wrecking yard, combing swap meets row after row or waiting for days for parts to be “handled and shipped” from a far-off vendor. But, thanks to the Internet, times have changed—almost anything y...
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Transzilla: The SuperMatic 4L85-E from Chevrolet Performance featuring Classic Instruments

Monday, June 12, 2017
Read the full story online! Also, find the story in the June 2017 issue of Street Rodder magazine.  
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Goolsby Customs' Time Merchant featuring Classic Instruments

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Check out John McLeod's review of Goolsby Customs' Time Merchant at the Grand National Roadster show.

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RingBrothers' '69 Camaro featuring Classic Instruments

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great highlight of an awesome build in the March issue of SEMA News.

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Detroit Speed's '41 Willys featuring Classic Instruments

Monday, February 20, 2017

Check out this incredible project, highlighted in the March issue of SEMA news!

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Detroit Speed's Corvette Featuring Classic Instruments

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Detroit Speed's C3 Corvette featuring Classic Instruements' AutoCross Gray sereis in Chevy High Performance.

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Classic Instruments Shows New Performance Gauges

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2016 SEMA Coverage

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Classic Instruments: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Thursday, August 11, 2016

From our friends at Rod Authority

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Rod Authority Interviews Bobby Alloway

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bobby Alloway: You Are No Better Than The Company That You Keep

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Fixing a Leaking Speedometer Drive

Thursday, June 9, 2016

From HotRodNetwork.com , Ron Ceridono

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Check Out Shift & Steer's Interview with Classic Instruments Owner John McLeod

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Check Out Shift & Steer's Interview with Classic Instruments Owner John McLeod as they talk about Classic Instruments history and whats to come. Skip to the 35:00 minute mark to hear the interview with John. Please be sure to check out Shift & Steer's podcast for interviews and n...
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1940 Ford Article in Issue#12 of Rodding USA Magazine

Thursday, January 29, 2015
In the new issue of Rodding USA Magazine there is a great article written by Paul Martinez showcasing the new 1940 Ford cluster that Classic Instruments released at SEMA 2014. The article shows the install of the original style cluster by All Ways Hot Rods in a 40' Coupe. SEE THE ARTICLE HER...
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