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Do I install aftermarket oil/temp/volt gauges or not?
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Guys, I need help making a decision. If people remember and it was sometime ago, I posted a thread on upgrading a center dash panel and adding a set of Bosch aftermarket oil, temp. and volt gauges. Trouble is my car is pretty original and actually a 1 of 6. It did not have anything option wise other than a 351 C 4V M code, 4 speed with Hurst shifter and AM radio, that's it. The car has been upgraded somewhat, power steering, brakes and some better suspension parts as well as a stripe kit and hood blackout. That's the way it should have been imo. Nothing that can't be put back as it was if someone so desired.
My dilemma is this; The aftermarket gauges are mechanical, so I would need to drill a F.B.Hole through the firewall to get the fittings through. Next problem is where do I drill it. The heater box takes up much of the under dash so that's no good. I was looking at the very top of the tunnel as a possible site. My intent was to use the double hole grommet that is used in the left shock tower where the fuel and brake lines go through. I bought one, now I can't find the damn thing!!
Bottom line is I must cut a hole for this. There is no other convenient place I can see. What do you guy's think. Drill the hole and do it or put it back as it was with no gauges. I have spent around 250 buck on it, so what to do? And yes, the No Chrome look was intentional.
Geoff.

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#2
Let er rip, let the next guy worry about, its not like its a boss 351 or 429cj car. I like the looks of those better.
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#3
^ +1

Having the gages/center console is way worth the extra hole.

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#4
Look for dimples that ford used as locators on the firewall. Holes were drilled using the locaters on assembly line for added options
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Thanks guys, The good news is I found that 2 hole grommet. So that takes me one step closer to deciding. More later.
Geoff.
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Go for it.

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#7
Ok, you talked me into it............ or at least looking more closely at the possibility.
Being that these gauges are mechanical and I'm very limited by the length of the Temp sensor tube, which is very delicate and filled with Ether I believe. I am thinking ahead to a time if and when I need to pull the center section out again, for whatever reason. Do I have enough space for a coil of tubing up and behind to allow for this. This is a question I'm sure many have thought about. An electrical set of gauges is easy, no problem there, but most replacements are mechanical which we all know are more accurate. How have others solved this problem?
All your help and guidance is appreciated.
Geoff.
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Ok, I'm doing it!! I found about the only suitable location to drill that 1" hole. I'll post pictures later. For now I'm still sorting out the wiring which is taking way longer than I thought. Why can't people just leave the wiring and plug sockets alone. Why do they have to "cut them off" and leave a rat's nest??
More later folks!
Geoff.
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(05-18-2018, 08:00 AM)Stanglover Wrote: For now I'm still sorting out the wiring which is taking way longer than I thought. Why can't people just leave the wiring and plug sockets alone. Why do they have to "cut them off" and leave a rat's nest??
More later folks!
Geoff.

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(05-18-2018, 08:02 AM)midlife Wrote:
(05-18-2018, 08:00 AM)Stanglover Wrote: For now I'm still sorting out the wiring which is taking way longer than I thought. Why can't people just leave the wiring and plug sockets alone. Why do they have to "cut them off" and leave a rat's nest??
More later folks!
Geoff.

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 That's too funny!
Without doubt, if I was doing a complete rebuild of the car, I'd definitely opt for a new harness, but for now, it is what it is. Hopefully, I have it done today.......... or not! Huh
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