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Installing an AutoMeter Tach - Ignition Switch?

1969 Camaro.

I'm installing an Autometer tach. 4 wires: one to a 12v lighting circuit, one to ground, one to the ignition switch and one to the distributor.

How do I wire the connection to the ignition switch? Do I need to drop the steering column or remove the ignition switch to do so? Also, can I use a standard barrel fuse on this wire? Is there an easier way?

Second question. Do I need a special connector to hook up the "-" on a Delco-Remy HEI Distributor?

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Re: Installing an AutoMeter Tach - Ignition Switch?

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first hook up the lighting wire (i believe it is the white one on your tach) to the dimmer switch
second the 12volt wire can be spliced in to the connector that is located on the top side of the steering column sorry cant remember which color wire
third to connect to the distributor all you would need is a female spade connector that is wide enough to fit on the metal prong. also i believe that you would connect it on the right side of the coil i could be wrong

i will recheck everything in the morning when i get home from work and revise my post

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How do I wire the connection to the ignition switch?
The easiest place is right at the fusebox. There are 4 terminals at the fusebox for added stuff. (see pics below) They are marked BAT, ACC, IGN and LPS. The BAT terminal is always hot, the ACC terminal is only hot when the key is in the accessory or on position, IGN terminal is only hot when the key is in the on position, LPS terminal is only hot when the parking or headlamps are on. Use the IGN terminal for power and the LPS terminal for gauge lighting.




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Second question. Do I need a special connector to hook up the "-" on a Delco-Remy HEI Distributor?
Do you need one, no. A standard female terminal you can get at any auto parts store will work. Only problem is they don't have the hook to keep them from being pulled out. If you want the factory style terminal that has the hook you can get them here, about half way down the page.
http://www.americanautowire.com/prod...und_Straps.cfm
The factory style terminals also have the benefit of being idiot proof, you can't but the wire in the wrong terminal as in you can't put the tach wire on the BAT terminal and the BAT wire on the tach terminal. Hope this helps.

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Wow! thanks guys for all the great info - can't wait to get back from church this morning and put in a new Tach!

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