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07-15-2020 09:14 PM
JEEPFELLER I really looked hard through my many many pics.

Sorry, I could not find the pic I took at a car show.

A feller with a old Ford truck had an empty gauge hole.

A very realistic looking mouse held the hole at about 5 and 7 o'clock with his front feet as his little head poked/ peered through. A fake gauge face and bezel dangled below the hole.

I thought it was cool anyway!

----JEEPFELLER
07-15-2020 07:34 PM
4Low2G0
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Originally Posted by JBrandabur View Post
And i like the ambient temp gauge idea, although i like the analog look so i wonder if its possible to wire up a coolant/oil temp gauge to just display outside temp? Maybe by placing the sensor somewhere behind the dash?
That's stupid. Where do you live that a coolant temp gauge would ever even move reading outside temp??

If that gauge shows anything when reading outside temp. you have bigger issues going on than with you jeep.
if it's 160 outside your screwed.

if you want outside temp look at Volvo 240 or VDO gauges for analog outside temp
07-15-2020 11:13 AM
JEEPFELLER Hey John!

I used a Geritol bottle to house my air/ fuel gauge up there on my column.

Over there where my radio is supposed to go in the dash, which someone buggered up the dash. I had a chunk of aluminum street sign that I used hole saws to craft in for 4 gauges. I also chopped out the messed up dash behind it and installed 4 blind nuts behind it.

You might leave the dash alone behind it and cut holes in the new plate that might line up with the old holes.

The modern rectangular radio is now mounted under the dash and has a sheet metal enclosure with a rain shield/ drip guard over the top of it.

My daughter tried to match my dash and got a little carried away with the "texture paint" and got it a little heavy on my plate. But you know, she did help, she was proud and happy.

So y'all look at my daughter's contribution to my dash!

----JEEPFELLER
07-15-2020 08:03 AM
GusTheCat I also put a vacuum gauge in place of the clock. The clock wasn't working when I bought the Jeep years ago and plan on having it rebuilt after I retire.
07-14-2020 08:03 PM
John Strenk
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Originally Posted by BagusJeep View Post
The vacuum gauge used to be fitted to cars in the late 70s, it was an "economy" gauge. Basically if you drove to maximise vacuum you got maximum economy.

it is also useful in setting the ignition timing, tuning the carb idle etc. Unfortunately with it in the dash it is harder to see.
I have a vacuum gauge on my dash also. I find it quite useful.
07-14-2020 06:28 PM
StoneTower If you have access to a drillpress and a fly cutter (adjustable circle cutter) you can easily make yourself a flat spacer that will take up the extra space in the old holes and be able to use slightly smaller gauges.

I used flat ABS plastic that I picked up out of the scrap bin (purchase the scrap for something like $2.50 a pound) at my local plastic store.

You can also make them on the lathe but not everyone has access to one of those.

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Originally Posted by BagusJeep View Post
I have a vacuum gauge in my J20 (cheap Autometer) in 2" and seeing it spin around is quite amusing.

The oil temperature gauge is not actually wired up, it is just to fill in a hole.
07-14-2020 09:01 AM
John Strenk i have found that any changes in latitude is directly proportional to changes in attitude.
07-14-2020 08:33 AM
bob4703 Don't need no attitude gauge. That's what I have a wife for!
07-14-2020 07:37 AM
mpulokas "attitude" not "altitude" I want the Attitude gauge you mentioned.
07-14-2020 06:47 AM
John Strenk
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Originally Posted by mpulokas View Post
My attitude fluctuates a lot. It would be really helpful to have one of those. ...Cost?
It varies...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aircraft-In...0AAOSwSH9e88pT

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sigma-Tek-A...UAAOSw3fZfCRZb

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Castleberry...sAAOSw0eRe7qM4
07-14-2020 06:31 AM
mpulokas
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Originally Posted by John Strenk View Post
Maybe put in an artificial horizon or attitude indicator.
....

OK, maybe either one of those will cost more than your Speedhut gauges.
My attitude fluctuates a lot. It would be really helpful to have one of those. ...Cost?
07-14-2020 05:47 AM
John Strenk Maybe put in an artificial horizon or attitude indicator.
And a Very High Frequency (VHF) Omni-Directional Range (VOR)
(does anyone still use these anymore? )

Maybe a heading indicator (also known as the directional gyro or horizontal situation indicator commonly called the HSI

OK, maybe either one of those will cost more than your Speedhut gauges.
07-14-2020 04:57 AM
BagusJeep
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Originally Posted by JBrandabur View Post
Nevermind on the compass, too much metal around so judging by the reviews it wont read direction when mounted in my metal dash.... maybe ill just weld up some phone and wallet holders to cover the holes
We use magnetic compasses in aircraft dashes. They do deviate a bit depending on the metal but there is a label with the corrections marked.
07-14-2020 12:12 AM
JBrandabur Nevermind on the compass, too much metal around so judging by the reviews it wont read direction when mounted in my metal dash.... maybe ill just weld up some phone and wallet holders to cover the holes
07-14-2020 12:01 AM
JBrandabur Thanks for all the ideas, i think that the whole outside temp gauge wont work as you guys said (i did find one that went down to 20 degrees but it gets colder than that in the winter here). So i think ill look into a vacuum gauge and probably put this compass in the other open spot. https://www.boemarine.com/marine-nav...ack-black.html
Its slightly smaller than the hole so i might need to build an adapter plate but that shouldn’t be too hard
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