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There seems to be no power thru ignition switch the windows work but the guages in the instrument cluster don't, and the starter won't crank

There is power in the battery but there is no power to the instrument cluster

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Don't want to make it sound too easy, but simply put, there is a bad wire or connection somewhere between the two. 1st thing to check is to make sure the battery cable connectors and battery posts where the cables attach to the battery are clean.

remove the cables from the battery and inspect them for corrosion. They should be clean. If they are not, battery will show charged, but car willl not start, or even light the dashboard if they are corroded enough.
This is the best place to start if you have not checked them already.

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