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Fuel gauge insulator #1230738 Fri Aug 18 2017 03:27 PM
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46Sparky Offline OP
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The '46 Chevy fuel gauge has a chevron shaped piece of thick grayish brown paper between the two lugs on the back of the gauge. That paper piece is now brittle and needs to be replaced. Not knowing otherwise, is there anything special about that material? Can any paper of similar weight be used as a replacement?

Re: Fuel gauge insulator [Re: 46Sparky] #1230761 Fri Aug 18 2017 04:17 PM
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As you say, it's just an insulator. I would make my own using the closest (gasket paper) that I could find. Sounds like you're getting close.


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Re: Fuel gauge insulator [Re: 46Sparky] #1230781 Fri Aug 18 2017 07:35 PM
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Talked to a buddy that an electrical engineer. He said any kind of noncondutive material would work. That's what I figured beforehand, but wanted to make certain there wasn't more to it than I understood.

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Re: Fuel gauge insulator [Re: 46Sparky] #1231028 Sun Aug 20 2017 04:01 AM
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If you get it wet first, you can use heavier paper that will give more protection.

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Re: Fuel gauge insulator [Re: 46Sparky] #1231130 Sun Aug 20 2017 07:53 PM
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52Carl Offline
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What does the original construction paper insulator protect us from? There are many unprotected hot wires under these dashes.

Re: Fuel gauge insulator [Re: 46Sparky] #1231136 Sun Aug 20 2017 08:34 PM
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tclederman Offline
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It might be there to try to help in preventing shorting the two wires/posts on the rear of the gauge (when connecting/disconnection the wires). I think that paper was more like cardboard on my 1954 gauges.


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