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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 14, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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My camaro (68) doesn't have a gas gauge for whatever reason. (car was a hack job and I am trying to turn the ship around) so I am going to order up a gauge cluster with the fuel gauge included (my gauges are worn down and I would like to spruce her up). Now my question is this:

All the gauges, speedo, tach, fuel, oil, etc would be MECHANICAL gauges correct and not Electrical?

I don't have a PCM or ECU or any computer in the car. So it would be mechanical?

Maybe I am wrong. Was always confused by this.

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Re: Stupid Question:

oil....could be either....I prefer mechanical

I like gauges Vs. idiot lights

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 14, 04:25 PM
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You can also get an aftermarket panel and gauge set with mechanical or electrical gauges. I have electrical gauges which came with all the sensors and wiring harness. You can just about order with any gauge package you want. Check out their website : I bought the blank panel and bought these gauges from Speedway Motors. I had to purchase the tach. separtely.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 14, 07:18 PM
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Personally I favor mechanical gauges. That being said I hope no cash has changed hands yet as your fuel level gauge issue is 90% most likely a bad ground. Might be another 8% a defective sending unit in the tank and about 2% of the time it is a bad gauge.

A gas gauge (aside from a cork with a coat hanger stuck in it; poking through the gas cap of the gas tank in front of the cowl of a L-16 "Bird Dog" spotter plane that I learned to fly with a half century or more ago) are rarely mechanical. It is nothing more than a volt meter measuring voltage to GROUND by way of a float activating a rheostat. Without a good ground nothing works.

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