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I love car guages but have not purchased any because I don't know where to put them. I want mechanical guage not electrical. Guages I want are oil, temp and battery. Those are critical for me. I also don't want to put holes on the dashboard but I don't mind if I have to as long as it looks nice. No room for brackets under the dash. Have been going to toyota car show but I am not impressed with what I have seen. One car that had a nice guage placement is supercharged from the other forum but his gauge is on the dash and if the mechanical guage malfunction it could make a mess on the dash. His guages are electrical which is not my preference. . I love old school autometer gauges, vdo, stewart warner. Anyone here like gauges?
 
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Yeah, I'm planning to put oil temp and trans temp on my A-pillar, but I bought whatever garbage comes with the Derale kits but an Autometer pod. I only went off the gauge diameter so hopefully they fit.
 
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I want to add an oil pressure gauge but can't decide how to do it, mainly placement. Not a fan of A-pillar gauges at all.
 
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I have installed mechanical guages before in a 69 camaro. It was really easy. For oil you have a sending unit that goes to the block. I used copper and or plastic sending unit. For Water it is easier the sensor that goes in the block too.
I tried to install an oil guage to the nissan 240sx . It was really easy until I snapped the threaded part that went int he block. I got excited tightening it. I almost had a heart attack. I tried drilling it out but the metal formed into a big piece of something and it blocked the oil from coming out. I got really lucky and I just left it that way. :) I might get the ultraguage. People said they are accurate but I still want mechanical guage
 
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Thinking of putting in a digital oil pressure gauge to match the cluster there is a blank blank spot (where the PRND2L was) but everyone I've found is round don't know if the circuit board would fit.

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People said they are accurate but I still want mechanical gauge
Can get a mechanical gauge that uses an electronic sensor, unless that's what you mean.
 
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Thinking of putting in a digital oil pressure gauge to match the cluster there is a blank blank spot (where the PRND2L was) but everyone I've found is round don't know if the circuit board would fit.

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Can get a mechanical gauge that uses an electronic sensor, unless that's what you mean.
Mech guage would be old school like fluid running through sending unit. Electrical would be connected to obd port and read out all the value that goes to ecu.
 
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Mech guage would be old school like fluid running through sending unit. Electrical would be connected to obd port and read out all the value that goes to ecu.
I'm talking about a gauge that uses a sending unit threaded into the block, sends an electrical signal to an analog gauge. Like I had in my '81 Toyota Pickup I'll see if I can find a pic of the type of gauge it had.
 
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Thinking of putting in a digital oil pressure gauge to match the cluster there is a blank blank spot (where the PRND2L was) but everyone I've found is round don't know if the circuit board would fit.

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Can get a mechanical gauge that uses an electronic sensor, unless that's what you mean.
Guage is really crucial. Saved my butt so many times. I don't like the idiot guage that comes with new car. My corolla got hot ones and lucky I caught it, the idiot guage was already too late when I detected it.
 
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Guage is really crucial. Saved my butt so many times. I don't like the idiot guage that comes with new car. My corolla got hot ones and lucky I caught it, the idiot guage was already too late when I detected it.
Idiot light lives up to its name comes on at about 6psi by then your engine could be cooked! Doesn't take much oil to generate 6psi.
 
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These are the same as what was in my '81 I don't have the amp meter it must have been missing when I pulled these at the salvage yard.

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These are the same as what was in my '81 I don't have the amp meter it must have been missing when I pulled these at the salvage yard.

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I am not a fan of those. Here is an illustration.
The same with temp guage and of course the volts is just pos and neg.

I love autometers
 
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Anyone know of a gauge that fits where the clock is? I don't care if it's digital or not. Debated about doing battery gauge there.

My clock is a different green than everything else. And for some reason it likes to get 3 minutes ahead and stay there every time I reset it.
 
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Yeah I hate that boy-racer look but I can't think of many other places that wouldn't be intrusive. You guys are coming up with some good ideas, I'll be watching in case there's a better option

I want to add an oil pressure gauge but can't decide how to do it, mainly placement. Not a fan of A-pillar gauges at all.
 
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Ideal would be drill hole in dash. Top of dash or mount under dash. Pillar no experience but it’s a possibility. The old days you get a bracket put 3 gauges and mount under dash with 2 screws. If there is leak you catch it right away. Nowadays under dash is too low. I don’t want to put hole in dash and on top would look funny with sending unit showing in the back.
 
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