Console Gauges - Team Camaro Tech
Electrical & Wiring Troubleshooting electrical.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 01, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
Senior Tech
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Columbus, GA
Posts: 867

I am in the process of replacing my original console gauges in my '69 Z11 with a repro set. None of the original electric gauges were functioning.
I got started by assembling the new gauge set into the new pod, using the originals as a model. The original set had a ground wire attached to the base of the rear mounting plate and the other end attached to the top of the front mounting plate - I used the same wire in the new gauges the same way. The only other variation was a flat piece of wound small wire on the back of the original fuel gauge, I attached this to the new fuel gauge.
All the new gauges were wired as follows:
Fuel - double pink and brown wire plug, small green wire to one terminal, small red wire to one terminal, black ground wire and small black wire to the other terminal.
Volt - black/white and black wire plug.
Temp - green and pink wire plug, some sort of ceramic piece connecting the other terminals, This may be incorrectly installed. Is this supposed to be covered by the plastic piece between the two other terminals, because it appears that the plug terminals are touching the ceramic piece?
Anyway, here is what happened.
With the gauges in the pod, I connected the harness plug. The 4 small lights came on without the key or the light switch on.
I figured that the ground wire needed to be attached to the shifter plate location.
As I was attempting to attach the wire is sparked. I detached the positive cable on the battery, then attached the harness ground wire.
When I reattached the battery cable guess what? Yep, it fried the two black ground wires in a nice mushroom cloud of smoke.
It didn't damage any other wires, and none of the gauges seem to have been affected.

Where have I gone wrong with this?

'69 Z11 Pace Car, 350/4 speed
drdave69 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 01, 05:39 PM
Senior Tech
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Shrewsbury, MA, USA
Posts: 6,509

Check out this thread:

Find my post with links to the console wiring pictures and wiring diagram.

Mark Canning
1969 Indy Pace Car
350/300HP RPO Z11
My 69 Pace Car
Mark C is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 01, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
Senior Tech
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Columbus, GA
Posts: 867

MarkC, the pictures help but can you tell me where the ground wires apply?
The ground to the transmission hump - where is it attached on the gauges?
The ground between gauge plates - was yours there like mine?
I have done this before on my original Z/28 gauges and they also had the short ground wire that attached between each mounting plate on the topside.

'69 Z11 Pace Car, 350/4 speed
drdave69 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Team Camaro Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address.
NOTE we receive a lot of registrations with bad email addresses. IF you do not receive your confirmation email you will not be able to post. contact support and we will try and help.
Be sure you enter a valid email address and check your spam folder as well.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome