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Old 01-16-2013, 06:15 PM
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Mechanical Oil Temperature Gauge question

I have an old Stewart Warner mechanical oil temperature gauge. The lead for the sending unit is a hard wire /cable but is too short since this is going in a Corvair and the gauge is designed for a front engine.

Do any of you know if there is a way to splice in an ‘extension’ so I could run the gauge all the way to the dash? The connector / cable looks the same as a mechanical water temperature gauge.

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What you have is essentially a pressure gauge hooked up to a sealed tube. The fluid inside the 'bulb" expands when it gets hot, and the gauge reads the pressure, but is calibrated in degrees.
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Mount it on the shelf panel, facing forward, and read it in the rear view mirror. Problem solved. It'll read backwards of course, but you'll get used to it.
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Thank you for the feedback, I will probably install it in the center console. It looks like I have enough wire to make it that far.
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