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Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. #753348 Thu Jun 09 2011 08:26 PM
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laybacklenny Offline OP
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Was there an electric temp gauge available from the factory in 1954/55?


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #753369 Thu Jun 09 2011 10:25 PM
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Boltergeist

No, not on an USA Chevrolet truck.


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: tclederman] #753547 Fri Jun 10 2011 01:35 PM
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I think i have one, while going through my old dash gauge collection for guidance in rebuilding my good set i discovered that the temp gauge on one is electric. I am sure it came from a small dump truck. I am in Canada but i don't know if the truck is Canadian. Will do some digging on that.
If somebody did makeup the gauge they sure did a good job.


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #753603 Fri Jun 10 2011 05:07 PM
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Boltergeist

Here are 3 photos from Lenny of his 54/55 (GM/Chevrolet) Canada temp gauges.

It looks like it has electrical connections on the back.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: tclederman] #753620 Fri Jun 10 2011 07:44 PM
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Yes Tim they are electrical connections it also has the rubberized insulator pad.
Pics won't open for me.
Len


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #754482 Tue Jun 14 2011 12:13 PM
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Spoke with truck owner who gave me the old gauges they are from a Big front cab( large fenders), he is not sure what size the truck was just that it was a short style dump truck. Because of the location it was found in he thinks that it came from the American Navel base Argentia and could have been a Military truck.
Ant thoughts out there.


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #755699 Sun Jun 19 2011 02:45 AM
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Had to bring this up again ,somebody must know something about this gauge.If i try it will i need to reduce the voltage to 6 volt or is 12 volt ok on a temp gauge.
HELP


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #755735 Sun Jun 19 2011 04:19 AM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist

Lenny,

To be safe, use a voltage reducer. Maybe a Runtz-style reducer as sold for fuel gauges. Classic Parts has one at a good price.

This is a real oddity. Thanks for sending the photos for posting - some of us skeptics would not have believed this without seeing it.

Good luck.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: tclederman] #755764 Sun Jun 19 2011 12:37 PM
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Thanks Tim, I will take your advice, it may be awhile before i get this done but i will let you know how it works out,
Len


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #755805 Sun Jun 19 2011 05:07 PM
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I think that some of the buses used the 12V electic guages. The reason that I say this is that I recall probably 49 years ago, they showed me a bus that was in for service and told me hoy it would have been an ideal donor for my truck as my dad had converted it to 12V by then and it had a big old ugly woltage drop on the firewall that I wanted to be rid of.

Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: Greg_H] #756025 Mon Jun 20 2011 10:52 AM
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So Greg H. do you think the gauge i have is 12 volt?


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Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: laybacklenny] #756200 Tue Jun 21 2011 01:08 AM
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I don't know. To be safe, I would first try hooking it to an electric sending unit through 6V with the sender in a known temp pan of water. If it barely moves, you could try 12V then. I don't want to tell you something and be responsible for you trashing your guage.

Re: Electric temp gauge 54 /551st. [Re: Greg_H] #756761 Wed Jun 22 2011 09:12 PM
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Understand completely, will let you know how it all works out. I am told i will need to know what amp's are being drawn so we are working on that and the 12 to 6 reducer.
Thanks


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