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Dakota Digital 1942-48 Ford / Mercury Car Analog Dash Gauge System VHX-42F

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Dakota Digitail 1942-48 Ford Car VHX Instruments - VHX-42F

The new VHX Systems fit directly into the stock dash of a 1942- 48 Ford Car without modification.

This 6-gauge system includes a full new machined aluminum/chromed housing Speedometer/Tachometer which attaches directly into the back of the stock dash.  The four satellite gauges (oil psi, water temp, voltmeter, fuel level) slip behind the factory dash trim plate.

*Includes new chrome bezel for Speedometer (shown).
*Uses stock accessory gauge bezel for Fuel, Oil Pressure, Volts, Water Temp (shown)

*VLC-42F Clock is available for purchase separately in our store.

Factory dash trim plate/bezel shown in pic is NOT included, just the chrome bezel for speedometer. System fits into the stock dash. Any pictures showing the stock dash are just to show what it would look like installed.

Fully lit needles, backlit faces, and highly visible LCD message centers are a few of the things that you can see which set the VHX Series apart from yesterday’s traditional approach to instrumentation. A few of the features which you don’t normally see are the micro-controlled precision stepper motors, solid state sensors for unparalleled accuracy, and user-customizable display feedback, all supported by an unrivaled limited lifetime warranty which has become the standard for Dakota Digital instrumentation systems. Completely engineered and manufactured at their facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the VHX Series has completely revolutionized the instrumentation industry!

MHX-42F Metric system (KM/H and degrees Celsius) is available as a custom option for no additional cost, but may take approximately 8-16 weeks to build. Some systems may take a little longer due to COVID-19 and high demand affecting production. 

VHX System Includes:

Analog Gauges

Speedometer - 0-120 MPH (optional metric version 0-195 kmh)
Tachometer - 0-8000 RPM
Oil Pressure - 0-80 psi
Water Temperature - 100-260ºF (optional metric version 40-120ºC)
Fuel Level - E, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, F
Voltmeter - 9-17 VDC

Lighting - Back lit technology is popular with performance instrumentation due to precise lighting allowing you see what is truly important when you really need it at a quick glance. Each number, tick mark, annunciator, needle, indicator and digital message center is lit by a series of LEDs behind the gauge face.

Digital Message Center

Standard Displays:

Odometer (One time user settable, Million Mile)
Dual (A/B) Trip Meter (0-9,999.9)
Clock (12 hour)

Performance Meters:

0-60 MPH Timer (0-100 kmh)
1/4 mile time
1/4 mile end speed (trap speed)
High speed recall
High RPM recall


Speedometer (0-255 MPH / KM/H)
Tachometer (0-9,990 RPM)
Oil Pressure (0-100 psi displayed in 1 psi increments)
Water Temperature (100-300
ºF / 40-150ºC displayed in 1ºF/ºC increments)
Voltmeter (9-17 VDC)
Fuel Level (0-99% full)


Auto-contrasting LCD display for optimal view in the brightest of sunlight.
LED backlit at night to match/complete the look at night.

Built-In Indicators:

Turn Signals (Left/ Right)
High Beam
Check Engine
Parking Brake
Cruise Control (On/ On & Engaged when vehicle is equipped)
Gear Position (Optional GSS-3000 sensor required, sold separately)
4 x 4 (When vehicle is equipped)
Wait to Start (When vehicle is equipped)

Included Sensors:

Water Temperature - 1/8" NPT, ground isolated sensor with a 10 ft harness.

Oil Pressure - 1/8" NPT solid state sensor with a 10 ft harness.

Cable Drive Speed Sensor/Generator - Replaces Ford and/ or GM style speedometer cables with a 10 ft harness.

Bushings - Each kit comes with 1/8" to 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" NPT bushings along with bushings for 12mm and 16mm x 1.5 threads.


Pushbutton - Dakota Digital instruments are programmed and operated by the push of a button. Simply mount the included pushbuttons supplied with your gauges in a convenient and easily accessible location. These buttons are used to calibrate your speedometer, set the cylinder count and the fuel level gauge. Once properly configured these same buttons are used to access the wealth of information located in the Digital Message Centers.

More info about this system and pics are available below. This listing is for ONE VHX gauge system with your choice of style and backlighting color. Please let us know your options when you make your purchase.



VHX-42F with SILVER ALLOY style and BLUE display (bezel shown in pic is not included):



BLUE display at night:

VHX-42F with SILVER ALLOY style and RED display (bezel shown in pic is not included):

Red At Night:


VHX-42F with SILVER ALLOY style and WHITE display (bezel shown in pic is not included):

White At Night:


VHX-42F with BLACK ALLOY style and BLUE display (bezel shown in pic is not included):


VHX-42F with BLACK ALLOY style and RED display (bezel shown in pic is not included):


VHX-42F with BLACK ALLOY style and WHITE display (bezel shown in pic is not included):

System shown as you will receive it:

White At Night:

Also available for purchase separately in our store (not included):

Dakota Digital 42-48 Ford Car Analog Clock Gauge for VHX gauges only - VLC-42F

Limited Lifetime Warranty through manufacturer, see installation manual for details