I just broke in (~200 miles on car) my fresh 69 302 with gauge pod. Took momma for a ride, got about 1/2 mile from home and noticed black gold bubbling up in my gauge pod!!!!
Needless to say, we didn't move to Beverly....
I'm talking major leak, not a drip. Whole pod and carpet soaked. Based on my dipstick, probably dumped 2-3 quarts. Pulled her home to the shop and took apart console. While restoring, I needed a new oil line, fittings and oil pressure gauge; so ordered all from Rick's this past April. Classic Headquarters parts....had the black plastic line with proper fittings for each end. All seemed to seat well.
After looking over the oil pressure gauge itself, I noticed that the brass housing the line connects to seems to have broken away (looks like it was soldered on).....I need some feedback here. How does this gauge work, and would broken solder explain the rapid loss of oil? The line itself was not broken, kinked, cracked or melted. The nut holding the line on was tight (I was really careful assembling due to brass...).
I've read multiple threads here about copper vs. plastic oil line and it seems like many have differing opinions. My previous origianl Z/28 had plastic, but as I recall it was white and seemed to be heavier duty, plus all were GM original parts. My replacement gauge & line was repro...
For now, oil pressure sending unit installed and idiot light....I'm a little uneasy about that happening again!
Additionally, do ya'll think Rick's would pony up and help me out with gauge and carpet?