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Old 11-04-2010, 10:08 PM
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Anyone have Autometer "Old Tyme" gauges?

I just got a bunch of these in 2 1/16" size (except speedo). I have them all mounted and I'm staring in disbelief as none of the lamps will fit into the holes in the back. What's happening is that a nut for one of the electrical connections interferes with the lamp base. I can kind of cobble it together by removing the nut, inserting the lamp and then tightening down the nut. This is really cheesy though since the nut sits at an angle due to the interference, and I will be cussing up a storm some day when I need to replace the bulb while standing on my head under the dash.

I spent $350 on all these gauges that seem to have a design flaw. Any words of wisdom?

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:08 AM
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Not a fix but have you thought of returnning them, seems to me you have a valid reason ..

I would not accept that, always have liked the SW line myself.
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Yeah, I have one SW gauge and the quality seems higher. I'm kind of irritated with them though because I either lost or never got a panel mount bracket with their gauge and they seem to be unobtainable. I ordered Autometer panel mounts and of course they don't interchange. The SW tech support site is worthless (the E-mail addresses are to third parties, one of them bounced and the other I never heard from). Can't win it seems.

Last night I just snipped off some of the lamp holder and got it to go in without hitting. Kind of lame, but it works and it still seems sturdy. The Autometer support guy wrote back fast, but all he said was that they knew it hit but to just screw it in anyway. I didn't feel like arguing with him.
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