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Old 05-12-2012, 12:05 AM
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I recently bought a wrecked 2003 f150 with a 4.2L 5 speed. I decided to put that drivetrain in my 87 chevette. after 3 weeks of working on it after work when i had time i got my motor in and transfered both wiring harnesses. i got it running. the only problem is i have to have the guage pod of the f150 plugged in to be able to start the chevette. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to where i can bypass that so i can use aftermarket gauges so i dont have to make a custom dashboard to fit the gauge cluster of the truck. any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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There's a chip in the gauge pod that the ECU reads. It's a theft device. I've heard of guys just plugging the gauge pod in and zip tying it up under the dash somewhere out of sight, but that might be hard in a Chevette (lack of space). I'd be reluctant to disassemble the gauge pod to see if it can be cut down or the circuit board removed and plugged in without the rest of the pod. Using the factory gauges is probably your best option.
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There's a chip in the gauge pod that the ECU reads. It's a theft device. I've heard of guys just plugging the gauge pod in and zip tying it up under the dash somewhere out of sight, but that might be hard in a Chevette (lack of space). I'd be reluctant to disassemble the gauge pod to see if it can be cut down or the circuit board removed and plugged in without the rest of the pod. Using the factory gauges is probably your best option.
OK Thanks. And yea theres no room to hide it anywhere, I had to take off the heater vents and core just to be able to tuck the wiring harness and fuse panel under the dash
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