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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm attempting to install the autometer gauge pod into the console in my 68 camaro. The car was an original Column shift car and did not come with Factory gauges. I don't believe their is a simple wiring harness that will work for my application so I'm wiring it up myself. The console is not currently wired. Each Gauge has 5 wires(except for the voltmeter) coming off of it 1)Sending unit, 2)Gauge ground, 3), 4)bulb 12v, 5)bulb ground. Is it safe to connect all of the common wires together into a heavier gauge wire? for example, take all of the ground wires and connect them into 1 ground wire? Can I pls get some general tips on wiring this up? I'm dying to get the new motor fired up but need the temp/oil pressure gauge operational.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 06:10 AM
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If you want quick and clean, there is a wiring harness offered for this conversion through

I would give them a call to see what they say about completeness of the harness-beats making one up for the price imo. Sorry, can't anwer your question though.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 06:13 AM
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I did the same install last year. Made up my own harness using a trailer plug under the console to be able to disconnect it.

Right after we were done, Autometer came out with it's own harness for the gauge pod cluster. My buddy used that one in his 69 ragtop; made it much simpler and cleaner. I think it's about $50. Well worth it.

But to answer your question, yes, tie all the grounds together in one wire; same with the power supply and lighting.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 11:34 AM
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You might want to separate your bulb and guage grounds. In fact, it would be best to ground the sensor circuits to the block or firewall near a bonding strap. The reason is that the sending units for temp and oil ground through the block. If you can keep bulb currents and other stray currents out of you guage circuit, your readings will be more accurate. You can ground them all together, but you're likely to see a bit of deflection on the needles when the light are activated etc. If your grounds are in poor shape, you'll see a lot of deflection when other electrical loads are turned on or as alternator charging currents change.

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