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Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1341536 Sat Jan 11 2020 04:13 AM
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I bought it on line through Classic truck. I ordered one for a 6 cylinder though mine is from an early 70’s Chevy.I ran the tube through the middle area of the firewall strait toward the front of the engine. I need another foot and a half or so. It bolts into the thermostat housing.
I guess all I need is 4 feet.
By the way, do you know where any insulators go on the gauge. Like the fuel bolts. Are those necessary to prevent grounding?

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1953 Chevy 153A, 3/4 ton, 4 stick in the floor. Not original engine, has a strait 6 chevy engine with a Ford Carburetor.
Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1341545 Sat Jan 11 2020 05:34 AM
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That would explain the short capillary tube. The sensor bulb on a 6 cyl is in the back next to the firewall. Not sure you will be able to get a stock appearing gauge with a capillary that long, but I've never tried.
Here's a shot of the rear of my gauge cluster with the insulator still in place on the gas gauge. There's another similar one on the ammeter, but without the larger "partition" between the two terminals. Both are needed to keep the terminals isolated from ground. The holes are larger than the terminal studs.

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Re: Removed the instruments😊
klhansen #1341548 Sat Jan 11 2020 07:00 AM
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Glenn, some of the usual specialty AD catalogs have a listing for a longer temp gauge tube. They are used in V8 conversions. Also, you can look for a temp gauge for a cab over, they were extra long and should work for you.

Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1341862 Mon Jan 13 2020 05:15 AM
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I thought I posted earlier today but I don’t see it.
I replaced the wires from the sender to the gauge & the ground wire. I tested the fuel gauge with the 12 Volt reducer, it did not work so I tested it with 12 volt, did not work.
I ordered a new 12 volt gauge but wondered if there is another way to test it or repair it?
The modern electric gauge worked so I assume the sender is good even though when disconnecting the wire I turned the threaded part coming out of the sender a little?


1953 Chevy 153A, 3/4 ton, 4 stick in the floor. Not original engine, has a strait 6 chevy engine with a Ford Carburetor.
Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342497 Thu Jan 16 2020 10:19 PM
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Got my new 12 volt fuel gauge in today . Both terminals look the same. No identification for sender or hot wire. I call Classic Parts and he told me that the hot wire goes to the “Empty “ side. I looked at my old one and the red.tag was on the Full side. I think that means it was wired hot to Full side?


1953 Chevy 153A, 3/4 ton, 4 stick in the floor. Not original engine, has a strait 6 chevy engine with a Ford Carburetor.
Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342510 Fri Jan 17 2020 01:03 AM
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No, the tag on the "Full" side terminal says:
"Connect sender wire to this terminal
WARNING
If hot wire touches sender will be damaged"
Hot goes to "Empty" like Classic told you.


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Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342542 Fri Jan 17 2020 05:04 AM
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Thanks, the new fuel gauge for an 8 cylinder just reached the thermostat housing! I should get the gauges in tomorrow!


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Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342602 Fri Jan 17 2020 08:01 PM
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I’m connecting the hot wire to the fuel gauge. Should I get one that has a fuse in it? I know that sounds dumb?


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Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342612 Fri Jan 17 2020 09:36 PM
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Next dumb question. Does it matter which wire goes to which terminal on the ammeter?

Dummy me I connected all of the instruments to the cluster, now I have to disconnect all of the in order to get the instrument in side of the dash! 🤔😕


1953 Chevy 153A, 3/4 ton, 4 stick in the floor. Not original engine, has a strait 6 chevy engine with a Ford Carburetor.
Re: Removed the instruments😊
glennj3 #1342613 Fri Jan 17 2020 10:22 PM
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I’m so frustrated with myself. After all of this I not only connected everything to the cluster with it outside of the dashboard, I connected the fuel gauge backwards for testing🙁.
Has anyone tried to repair them at home?


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