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Old 03-18-2012, 09:13 PM
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I am replacing the wiring in a '51 I just got. Anyone know how the light and ignition button are secured to the dash. Also, I am removing the speedo and gauge cluster and want to use the originals again. The brass tube to the temp gauge doesn't disconnect from the back of the gauge like the one for oil pressure. Do I pull it from the fitting on the head? When I pull the oil pressure gauge line, will I have to bled off the line to reinstall? Lastly, I think it best to eliminate the starter button as this is a street rod. Just seems like a lot fewer connections to go through under the dash. Anyone have experience there? It is currently my plan to leave the original column in place so I will need to use a dash mounted key switch. Thanks very much.

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If you want to eliminate the starter button, you can buy a '53-'54 switch from chevsofthe40s and it will fit and work like it was original. It has the start position. common upgrade for '49-'52's. The headlight switch is retained by a nut. not really sure on the starter button
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I am replacing the wiring in a '51 I just got. Anyone know how the light and ignition button are secured to the dash. Also, I am removing the speedo and gauge cluster and want to use the originals again. The brass tube to the temp gauge doesn't disconnect from the back of the gauge like the one for oil pressure. Do I pull it from the fitting on the head? When I pull the oil pressure gauge line, will I have to bled off the line to reinstall? Lastly, I think it best to eliminate the starter button as this is a street rod. Just seems like a lot fewer connections to go through under the dash. Anyone have experience there? It is currently my plan to leave the original column in place so I will need to use a dash mounted key switch. Thanks very much.
Brian: unless you have already figured it out, check the back the backside of those two items and see if there a release clip or pin especially on the light switch. the starter button might be a threaded collar. good luck. Doug
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The temp gauge brass tube is a capillary tube meaning that is has a factory sealed calibrated thermal fluid which expands as it heats and contracts as it cools to drive the gauge needle. Don't cut it, kink it or curse it. The tube that is.
The oil pressure will work OK without bleeding.

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Thanks my friend. After a few hours of looking at that gauge I figured pretty much the same, but nice to know there is no bleeding of oil gauge.
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