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Question 1968 - Adding Voltmeter. Need to ask a question

Ok. I'm thinking about adding a voltage gauge to my aunt's 68 Camaro. For now it's going to be mounted under the center dash panel above the console. I was wondering; where can I tap/splice from to get a accurite voltage. I was thinking somewhere like the voltage regulator; but i'm not sure. There is already a grommet missing down about between the parking brake and brake pedal that I can route the wires through.

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the fuse box works just fine for me should be less than .5 volt off
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Ok. I'm thinking about adding a voltage gauge to my aunt's 68 Camaro. For now it's going to be mounted under the center dash panel above the console. I was wondering; where can I tap/splice from to get a accurate voltage. I was thinking somewhere like the voltage regulator; but i'm not sure. There is already a grommet missing down about between the parking brake and brake pedal that I can route the wires through.

Thanks in Advance!
How accurate do you want. The most accurate is way is wired straight to the battery, through a relay thats controlled by the IGN switch. The purpose of a voltmeter is to monitor battery voltage. You can use the IGN terminal at the fuse box but just as 400bird said it will read a little lower, lower yet when the headlights are on, and pulse some when the turn signals are on, all because of voltage drop in the wiring. If you can live with that, then use the fuse box, if not, use the battery through a relay.

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That's perfect. I'll use the fusebox.

*riccbhard goes looking for connector that will fit IGN terminal.
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I'm wondering if this quick-disconnect will fit the IGN terminal in the fusebox?
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=64-3134
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Yes, the one on the right. You can buy these at auto parts stores too.

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Re: 1968 - Adding Voltmeter. Need to ask a question

Thanks for reply!

I also had another question:
Is it possible to add a tachometer to a stock distributor?
Distributor is still the stock points system. Engine is the stock L6
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Re: 1968 - Adding Voltmeter. Need to ask a question

It's certainly possible, make sure that you get one with a "number of cylinders" switch.
It'll need ignition power (there is a spare ingition spade terminal on the fusebox) a ground, and the third wire goes to the neg post on the coil.





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Thanks for reply!

I also had another question:
Is it possible to add a tachometer to a stock distributor?
Distributor is still the stock points system. Engine is the stock L6
A factory tach or a aftermarket tach? Nearly all aftermarket tachs have provisions for using them on 4,6 or 8 cylinder engines. A factory tach, it would have to be a original one for a 6 cylinder which would be almost impossible to find. For wiring to stock points system, tach wire would go to the coil negative terminal.

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Re: 1968 - Adding Voltmeter. Need to ask a question

Cool. That'll be the next project. I need to find a aftermarket tach first; lol .

Tomorrow i'm heading to radioshack to get the quick disconnects.

I'm wondering if this tach will work?
http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...tnumber=CP7901
I'd have to go to Advance to get more info on it.

I'm not sure if there is enough room between the Speedo and Fuel gauge for a steering column mounted tach...
The tach may end up on the console. lol

Thanks for the replys!
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