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New tachometer intall: unique knee knocker style

I just installed a new tachometer in my 67 Camaro. My car did not come with a tach and I didn't want to change anything in my dash etc. so I mounted it to my steering column. I wanted something that looked period correct and that I could remove easily once I begin the full resto. I found that this auto meter gauge has similar styling to the knee knocker tach originally installed in the '67 Chevelle. The green light provided matches the original green cluster lights perfectly at night.
http://www.autometer.com/cat_gaugede...id=3821&sid=13

Autometer tach:


67 Chevelle knee knocker tach:


Installation:
This was very simple. This gauge comes as a pedestal mount and has a cup and mounting ring. I mounted it to the column using a standard hose clamp. When you are sitting in the drivers seat it sits just below the field of view for the gas gauge so that you can see both the speedometer and gas gauge directly over the center of the tach. This would not be the case if you mounted it in the center. (The picture is at and odd angle but it does line up).

Wiring:
Again, this was simple and there are 4 wires. I ran the wires through the grommet used to hold the firewall insulation in place as it was right next to the ground strap for the black wire and a close route to running the green wire to the ignition coil.
White wire (Dash lights): to fuse block "lamps" connection
Red wire (Power): to fuse block "ign. fused" connection
Black wire (Ground): engine to firewall ground strap on the firewall
Green wire: negative of the ignition coil

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Please excuse the cheap incorrect reproduction washer pump. Once I fix the original I will be putting it back in. Yeah, yeah I also know about the over spray. Other than a 80's repaint the owner left everything else original so I can't complain too much!

Dash:


Connections to the fuse block:


Underhood connections: (the ground connects to the ground screw just below the wiper motor)

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Re: New tachometer intall: unique knee knocker style

That's what I had in mind for my 69.... except I have a tilt column and the tach would hit the dash when tilted forward.
BTW: they make 1/2 inch width black nylon cable ties to use instead of a hose clamp.

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Re: New tachometer intall: unique knee knocker style

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BTW: they make 1/2 inch width black nylon cable ties to use instead of a hose clamp.
You don't like my hose clamp? Ha ha... I had one in my garage that was the right size so that is what I used. I like your idea better! I can't say on the 69 for sure but I have alot of room to bring the tach forward without touching the wheel.

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Re: New tachometer intall: unique knee knocker style

I needed a tach also and decided on this one after seeing your post. Really easy install. Thanks for the info.
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I needed a tach also and decided on this one after seeing your post. Really easy install. Thanks for the info.
No problem... glad I could help!

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Re: New tachometer intall: unique knee knocker style

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I found that this auto meter gauge has similar styling to the knee knocker tach originally installed in the '67 Chevelle.

Not that it really matters here on Team Camaro, but 1967 Chevelles had what was called a "Blinker Tach" located up on the instrument panel.
It was the 1966 only Chevelles that had the "Knee Knocker" tach under the intrument panel to the right of the steering column.

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