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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 18, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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hello does anyonr know how to wire a voltmeter in the center console in a 69 camaro i picked up one from heartbeat city it stated works with factory and aftermarket electrical connections does that mean it is plug n play replacing the amp gauge or is it wired different
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hello does anyone know how to wire a voltmeter in the center console in a 69 camaro i picked up one from heartbeat city it stated works with factory and aftermarket electrical connections does that mean it is plug n play replacing the amp gauge or is it wired different
It is a different wiring and if you are replacing a factory style Ammeter console gauge you should remove the connections up front at the main junction and the Voltage Regulator, and then tape off the leads in the console.

A voltmeter uses one positive lead and ground to body. You can jump power for it from any accessory (vehicle running) power source easy enough.

These Voltmeter replacement style gauges are made by AAW - American Auto Wire (http://factoryfit.com) originally for folks who have installed their update series of wiring harness. But then others started buying them to get a true volt reading of the battery, and not the state of the charging system that the Ammeter gives them. Visit their website has full directions for gauge owners swapping to voltmeter from factory ammeter, or new installs.


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Re: volt gauge

I'm not sure which voltmeter you purchased that fits into the console, but I too purchased one that looks identical to the amp meter that it replaces and fits in the '69 console and it ABSOLUTELY IS NOT PLUG AND PLAY. You cannot just use the existing wires used to connect the factory amp meter to connect the voltmeter, this warning is clearly emphasized multiple times in the instructions. Your volt meter should have come with connection instructions and a template for drilling an extra hole to fit it into the console mount.

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the instructions say this post is poitive and this post is negative and there is a template to drill but the vendor website is misleading they make it seem that it is plug n play and thier staff has zero knowledge of anything
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the instructions say this post is poitive and this post is negative and there is a template to drill but the vendor website is misleading they make it seem that it is plug n play and thier staff has zero knowledge of anything
Positive and neg. That's it in a nutshell.

Brian's more detailed instruction is spot on.
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Re: volt gauge

And even if you did mix the positive and the negative the gauge would either report the inverse or report nothing.
I don't remember drilling any holes on the last one I replaced but then again the gauge set I was working on was a CHQ made set, and the mounting maybe different on OER built reproduction gauge sets.


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