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Old 02-10-2005, 05:57 PM
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oil pressure sending unit

I am putting together a sbc into a 1968 Firebird, and want to know what kind of oil pressure sending unit I need. The motor is a 1974 350, and my car has the factory guages. I'm sure that my gauge is electric ( note, no idiot light ) Is there a difference between the sending unit for guages, and lights?? Will the sending unit for the Chevy work in the Pontiac??

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Yes, if it is an electrical gauge sender.

BTW, most factory electrical gauges are not real accurate.
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The dealer no longer stocks them. You have to go to NAPA.
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I'm still a little unclear on a couple of points. I asked a couple of questions, but only got 1 yes, and I,m not sure for which question.

The sending unit for the chevy will work with in the Firebird ?



Is there as difference between the sending unit for a guage, and an idiot light?

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The sending units are different. The gauge unit is a lot larger and you will have to plumb it out of the way of the HEI distributor. I went to a plumbing store and bought some small pipes and an elbow to move it.

Also, my original unit had four wires going to it. The new sender only had one connection and I had to go to the schematic to figure out which wire I needed.

I bought my sending unit at AZ or Advance.

I don't see why a Chevy unit wouldn't work in a Pontiac. It's probably the same gauge anyway with a different faceplate.
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sending unit

Yes, they are different.
Yes, it will work in a Pontiac.
No, it does not install next to the HEI.

It is installed in the oil port directly above the oil filter.
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