Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
When I first noticed that my tach didn't work, I notified GMPP, which, I guess refers it to GM Goodwrench. Of course, their first response was to refer me back to the dealer, as it always is.
Here is my 2nd email to them, some 3 weeks ago:
"You SHOULD be able to answer this. I'm going to try one more time. Please do not ask me to call my dealer again, because they don't know the answer. I have a 68 Camaro. Very nicely restsored. It has GM console gauges and a GM tic toc tac. I had a GM 385 fastburn, with h.o.t. cam and 1.6 roller rockers installed last month. It has the MSD HEI. The tach does not work with this motor. (It used to work perfectly with the old
350, with points in the distributor!)
I spent a small fortune having the GM console gauges and GM tach installed by the GM dealer, and I spent almost 5,000.00 on the GM motor, NOT including installation. I have a GM car, GM gauges and a GM motor...they should work together! I deserve an answer from GM. DO NOT
REFER ME BACK TO THE DEALER. Earn your money and do a little research on behalf of a very frustrated customer, PLEASE".
Here is their timely response, received today:
"Thank you for visiting the Performance Parts website. With regards to your inquiry about Tic Toc Tachometer, this is more than likely a cable driven tachometer and at this time we do not have a distributor with the 'Tachometer Drive'. If you want to keep your tachometer, you may have to use the old distributor. Mallory does have a conversion kit to make the distributor HEI and then you will be able to keep your tachometer. However, you will need to change the gear to either a bronze or a melonized gear.
Thank you for your inquiry.
Goodwrench Internet Response Team"
I was shocked when I read that, so I sent this response:
"OK, I was wrong. You can't answer the question!
You really need to do your homework before you are allowed to represent GM Goodwrench. You couldn't be more wrong in this matter, and I am amazed at your lack of professionalism.
Please tell me when GM ever installed gear-driven tachometers in first generation Camaros?
In the extremely long time it took you to respond, I did my own research. It seems that GM (you) now uses MSD ignition with the GMPP 385 Fastburn crate motor.
I contacted MSD, and they sent me the filter right away. They have been aware of this problem for a long time, and with all the MSDs they send GM (you), they include the tach filter. Somehow though, this seems to get lost by the time it gets to the GM dealer.
You should know this. They do. Now I do too. Seems like you're the only one who doesn't...and you are who? GM Goodwrench? I don't think so. This is really disturbing to someone, such as myself, who is trying to stay loyal to the brand.
I would like a response from whomever is supposed to supervise this site."
Jeeze, I know that I probably worded things a little too strongly, but I was pissed!
Just thought I'd share...
1968 Camaro Convertible
1966 GTO Convertible
1995 Harley Road King
"You can't always get what you waaant..."
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