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How old is this Sun tach?

I just bought this old Sun tach along with some other parts. It's in pretty bad shape and will probably serve as a shelf piece. I haven't seen one like this with the raised front. Does anyone know how old this is?

Sorry it's side ways!
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This is just a WAG, but I'd guess late 40's to 50's (6 volt era)
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Most definitely for an aircraft. Depending on the number of cylinders it was made for you may need to do some electrical magic.

I did a google search and found an old thread from the hamb on making a tach work with different # of cylinders. That is if this one isn't set up for your particular engine.

8 cylinder tachometer attached to 6 cylinder engine question - THE H.A.M.B.

That would look pretty cool in a early hot rod.

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I just bought this old Sun tach along with some other parts. It's in pretty bad shape and will probably serve as a shelf piece. I haven't seen one like this with the raised front. Does anyone know how old this is?

Sorry it's side ways!
Thanks for your time,
I think Dave and 64ss are on the money, late 40's aircraft I suspect.
Looks killer in this Duece Roadster
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I just did a '48 Ford F3 that had one of them in it, it was cup mounted and had a transformer on the firewall. It was 6v and i didn't even try to connect it, i converted the truck to 12v and felt it was best left alone. Very neat piece.
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Thanks guys!
That's pretty cool knowing it came from an aircraft. It's in pretty bad shape and will make a nice shelf piece.
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this is a mint NOS one. but another one on their sold for $30 and missing parts and looked worse then yours. also they only go up to 35 on the dial.


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Thanks for the links 64SS327 and killeratrod. You can see the front of the tach and it's condition. The back of it is rusted pretty bad. However it will still look cool sitting on a shelf in my shop.

Thanks again everyone for your help!
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I love stuff like that, perfect for a fifties hotrod.

One thing to remember that after the war there was a LOT of stuff out there, it STILL exists! Go looking for Harley 45 parts and a TON of it is Army Surplus from WWII!

So just as the hot rod scene was born after the war when all the young lads came back ready to go fast as they did in the war machines so did the parts to make the cars do what they were after.

I had a Tear Drop trailer made in the late forties that had a bunch of War bird stuff on it, damn I wish I still had it.

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Thanks MARTINSR, for the nostalgic info!
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