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THE DASHBOARD
Ed Hinton
August 18, 1997
SWITCH BOXTen toggle switches control everything from Gordon's helmet fan to the engine's ignition; extenders put them within reach.
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August 18, 1997

The Dashboard

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SWITCH BOX
Ten toggle switches control everything from Gordon's helmet fan to the engine's ignition; extenders put them within reach.

REV METER
When the engine rpm reading hits 8,800, a light comes on to let Gordon know he's running at the engine's designed limit.

INSTRUMENT PANEL
Some of the instruments in Gordon's Monte Carlo are tilted sideways so that their needles are easier for him to see. The voltmeter (A) measures battery power; the tachometer(B) indicates engine rpm, which is in the 8,000-to-9,000 range during a race; water temperature (C) should read around 210�; engine oil pressure (D) should be 70 psi, and oil temperature (E) should stay between 220� and 230�; there's no needle that points to "E" when Gordon needs gas—if the fuel-pressure gauge (F) drops to 5 psi, it's time for a pit stop. The master cutoff switch (G) instantly kills the vehicle's electrical power.

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