Dakota Digital VHX-78C-MC Analog Gauge Instrument System Fits 1978-88 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1978-87 El Camino / GMC Caballero & 1978-83 Chevy Malibu with Round Speedometer and Gauges only

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Dakota Digital VHX Instrument System for 1978-88 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1978-87 Chevy El Camino/GMC Caballero and 1978-83 Chevy Malibu with round speedometer and gauges (will not fit rectangular sweep-style speedometer dashes) - VHX-78C-MC

Finally, a good-looking solution for Chevy G-Bodies! A simple installation into the stock instrument housing, Dakota Digital squeezes six analog gauge readouts plus two digital LCD message centers into Monte Carlo-style clusters. Upgrade your El Camino, Malibu, or Monte Carlo's individual-gauge cluster! Will not fit sweep-style speedometer dashes.

Full 6 Gauge Instrument System installs into OEM bezel (bezel is NOT included). Fits 1978-88 Chevy Monte Carlo/ 1978-87 Chevy El Camino and Malibu with the round speedometer and gauges. Also fits 1978- 87 GMC Caballero.

*The VHX-78C-MC fits into a stock or reproduction style dash bezel (bezel shown in any pic is NOT included, shown for demonstration purposes only).

**The VHX-78C-MC gauge system will NOT fit the rectangular sweep-style speedometer cluster.** If you have the rectangular sweep-style speedometer, please look up the VHX-78C-MAL instead!

This system fits the following vehicles:

  • 1978-88 Chevy Monte Carlo
  • 1978-87 Chevy El Camino / GMC Caballero  (with round gauges / does not fit clusters with sweep-style speedometer)
  • 1978-83 Chevy Malibu  (with round gauges / does not fit clusters with sweep-style speedometer)
Fully lit needles, backlit faces, and three 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!

Please scroll through the listing for more information and pictures of this system.


MHX-78C-MC 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 - 0-140 MPH (optional metric version 0-225 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 (100-300ºF / 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 GM style speedometer cables with a 10 ft harness. Sensor requires approximately 5" clearance extending between the cable drive output and any obstruction. Part # 130011 (sold separately) allows for relocation of the pulse generator when additional clearance is required. (Tremec and Ford style adaptors available on request.)

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-78C-MC with SILVER ALLOY style and BLUE display (bezel is not included):

VHX-78C-MC with SILVER ALLOY style and RED display (bezel is not included):


VHX-78C-MC with SILVER ALLOY style and WHITE display (bezel is not included):

VHX-78C-MC with CARBON FIBER style and BLUE display (bezel is not included):

Shown mounted (housing not included):

Blue At Night:

VHX-78C-MC with CARBON FIBER style and RED display (bezel is not included):

Red At Night:

VHX-78C-MC with BLACK ALLOY style and BLUE display (bezel is not included):


VHX-78C-MC with BLACK ALLOY style and RED display (bezel is not included):


VHX-78C-MC with BLACK ALLOY style and WHITE display (bezel is not included):

At Night:


Limited Lifetime Warranty through manufacturer, see installation manual for details

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  • 4
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    Posted by Timothy bietz on 7th Oct 2019

    After installing IAW the supplied instructions , the tach did not work. I connected a wire from my 1986 Monte Carlo GM HEI terminal labeled tach , then to the main control box. After several hours of trouble shooting and checking different forums with no luck. I decided to bypass the factory installed voltage filter (not mentioned in the instructions) and the tach works great.

  • 5

    Posted by David Tweelings on 2nd Jun 2019

    This kit is very well thought out and complete, which makes the installation very easy. The look and assembly , if you take your time, is better looking and functions so much better than oem.