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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 04, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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i have a 69 camaro with console guages. it used to be an automatic but now it has a borg warner t-10. anyway, everything works on the car except the reverse lights, guage lights, and the amp guage. i replaced the console harness with new manual harness because the old auto. was chewed up. the courtesy lights work. i of course transfered the neutral safety pins from the auto harnes to the manual harness and looped them to bypass. the console guage lights still do not come on, neither do my reverse lights. but the biggest problem is that the amp guage trys to fry itself. smoke fumes from the guage. the first time (it happen twice) smoke came from the front of the car near the voltage regulator. i thought i had grounded the guages by accident because i did not have the cover on. but that was not it. any ideas of what to look for. i'm in the last 2 days of a 14 month rebuild and am at a lost, not to mention out of money and ready to hit the road.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 04, 08:15 PM
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The Console guages were originally grounded to one of the Bolts that held in the old automatic shifter , Also the Backup lights were incorperated in the Neutral saftey switch. Depending on what you looped and how you grounded I would start looking right there. The new Tranny or Shifter should incorperate some provision for the Reverse lights.

If that Batt Guage spewed Smoke start Ordering a new one as its more then likely Fried. Its actually a Mili-Volt Gauge not rated to take the amp draw of the alternator itself so a mis- connected Guage dosent take alot to cook. Again Start where you looped the wires and make sure everything is wired properly and grounded.

If this was a GM spec Harness you used to convert from the Console being auto to a Manual you probably didnt have to loop or jumper anything there just removed the old console harness and installed the new one it should have eliminated the Neutral saftey switch wiring at that point. Those are 2 different harness's to my knowledge and the Manual Harness has no provision for the Neutral saftey switch.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 04, 01:31 PM
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There should be a wire connected between the B+ junction behind the battery and the buss on the horn relay. The wire has very low resistance (less than 1 ohm) and generates a very slight voltage drop when current flows through the wire. The meter should be connected across this wire - accross the small voltage drop. If one end of the amp meter lead gets grounded, or that wire isn't connected properly and the genie will get out. [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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