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Old 08-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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OK so im restoring my 66 impala getting close to finishing it. i had a few minor issues at initial start up but no biggie the car came with all idiot lights no gages and even though i changed the motor it was stock and it all worked fine. so now i'm thinking i have a cam in the motor and im in the 350 HP area i guess i really should have gages. i figure a tach, water, oil, and volts and maybe vacuum.

now the question is can i keep the warning lights in service and connect new gauges ? i know i will have to change the temp and oil senders im not going to hunt down oem gauges for my car i will mount some under the dash and use a column mounted tach
one of the cool features the car has is a "cold" light when shes first started up i would like to keep that functional.

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Temp - There is usually an extra threaded port in the intake manifold or thermostat housing, and you can use that for a temp gauge. There should also be a threaded hole in the driver's side head, the same as the one on the passenger side.

Oil - you can put a Brass T in the fitting for the oil pressure sender and use both gauge and light. There also may be an additional oil pressure port down near the filter, but I've never verified that it is on all blocks.

Volts - This is very useful to check that the electrics are working right, and its very easy to add. Don't try to add an ammeter gauge.

Vacuum - Very useful to keep track of engine load and engine health

Another useful gauge is an AFR meter, but its a little more expensive to add. The wideband gauge kits are about $200-225, and you will need to have an O2 bung welded into one of the pipes. However, its a very essential gauge when you are trying to tune the carburetor.

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the driver side head port is an easy one i can do that. now the oil sender is electric so if i put in a tee i can just screw the sender into the tee and feed the gauge off the side.
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