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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 01, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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I am installing a 3 1/2" AutoMeter Street Tach in my 69 (no factory tach; bummer). Just looking for some opinions on where to install it. I really don't care for installing it on top of dash and can't see it on the console.
I thought about on the steering column, but it blocks the speedo.
Right now I've got it hanging from the left bottom screw that hold the dash pad in place right in front of the AC vent (AC is removed so it's not blocking anything useful). It looks kinda OK there and I didn't have to drill any holes in the car.
There are a lot of creative minds here so I thought I would pick your brains.
Also, I don't have it hooked up permanently yet. I'm looking for a spare hole in the firewall for the wire to the ignition module(hate to drill into good metal. Any suggestions?
Again, I thank you for your help.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 01, 10:45 AM
 
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Hey Joe, my favorite place is the steering column, right where the camaro emblem is in the middle, is it too big for that? Thats where mine is. Unless of course if you have a factory clock (if you dont have a fact. tach you probably dont.)
Way to go with not drilling holes. I route most of my wires through the speedo cable hole, either the rubber groumet never existed there or rotted away, so they all fit. good luck
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 01, 01:55 PM
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Joe,

Some states vehicle codes may not allow this.

I have an Autometer 5" Monster Tach with Shift Light hanging from the interior REAR VIEW Mirror mount, I run two outside mirrors which is legal hear in NV and in CA because you can black out the back window as long as you have the outside mirrors (I used to be stationed at Moffett Field CA).

Can't Miss seeing it there and I didn't drill any new holes.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 01, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought about the mirror. I have a Grant steering wheel so the tach doesn't fit on the column (my first choice) cuz my fingers hit it. Makes it a bit difficult to drive that way.
This is a great site!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 01, 03:25 PM
 
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I mounted mine on the top screw of the A pillar garnish (top left). I used a longer screw if I remember correctly, and it has been there for several years.

The tach is an Autometer Shift Light (5"), and you cant miss it when that light comes on.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 01, 07:30 AM
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I mounted mine under the dash to the right of the steering column. There are two screws about 1-1/2 inches apart that hold the Speedometer / gas gauge bezel. The screws just happened to be spaced exactly the same as the holes through the backet for my AutoGauge tach. No drilling required. I mounted it low because I wanted it to be inconspicuous and I have an automatic anyway.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys. I ended up keeping it mounted to the left of the wheel using one of the dash pad screws. It's hanging between the speedo and the vent on the dash. I can see it well and it looks pretty good there. It doesn't block the speedo. No drilling and easily removed. Ran the wires under the corner of the dash pad. I covered the visible wires with some of that black plastic wire loom.
Since the interior is black, everything blends well. I did replace the bright plated tach mounting bracket screws with black allen heads to help blend it in.
Ran the wire through the firewall with the speedo cable as suggested.

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