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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2003, 07:27 PM
91GrandpaCaprice
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I'd like to have some REAL gauges instead of the stock temp gauge and the oil "idiot light." I'm considering Auto Meter electrical (don't want to run oil or water lines in the cabin) gauges for Water Temp, Oil Pressure and Voltage. Is this possible and if so, what all is involved? Thanks!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2003, 04:09 PM
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Anything is possible. Some things just cost more.

How did you want to mount them?

If you can find a 91-93 Police instrument cluster bezel you can use an instrument cluster out of a 91-93 9c1, a 91-92 Olds Custom Cruiser or a 92-93 Buick Roadmaster. All three of these clusters have a tach, volts, oil pressure and fuel level. The 9c1 cluster has a digital speedo, the other two are analog. Several people have posted pictures in the past. There is some wiring to do, but a quick search should tell you all about that part. Be sure to get connectors out of the donor car!

Pillar pods are still out there in black IIRC. Then you just follow the instructions that come with the guages. I used Autometer for vacuum, fuel pressure and trans temp.

There are also three guage clusters that have the common idiot light functions at the local parts stores too.

But to add aftermarket guages, you might have to mount a sender and you'll definitely have to run some wires, but it isn't hard.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 02:05 AM
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I've thought about a cluster swap but I dunno how accurate the "new" cluster would be compared to aftermarket gauges. I'm looking to mount AutoMeter gauges in an A-pillar pod. I'm not too concerned about running the wires as my dad's done that before. [img]smile.gif[/img] For the voltmeter I should just be able to tap into the voltage wire that runs to the dummy light, right? I figured the same could be done for the water temp gauge. The one that has me "baffled" is the oil pressure gauge. The only factory sender that I'm aware of for oil is for the oil level dummy light. Out of the three gauges the oil pressure gauge is the most important to me, thus my concern.

Any thoughts or tips on how to accomplish this?

Thanks!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 03:28 PM
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The idiot light oil pressure sender isn't going to run any gauge, so you need a new sender no matter what you do.

The Olds cluster's gauges have proven to be reasonably accurate, but marked poorly. Only bottom, mid and top are labeled and there are eight tick marks between each label. So the voltage gauge reads, 8, 13, 18 and each tick is 5/8 volts. And it reads right. The aftermarket gauges would prolly be easier to read.
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 05:15 PM
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I put a 2 guage "A" pillar pod on my '94, in it I installed VDO white faced electric 2 1/16th guages. Oil press (0-80) and water temp (100-300) the temp sending unit went into a non-used head hole on the drivers side, that way the factory guage ( or in your case the light) still works. The oil press sending unit was installed with a "T" so the factory guage (or light) still works. Most aftermarket guages come with good instructions. BTW a good (easy) spot to tap into the dash lights is you ash tray light because it to dims. Sorry for the long post and I hope this helps
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 10:39 PM
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Thanks for the input guys I really appreciate it!!! Sounds like I'll be undertaking this project very soon! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-15-2003, 01:56 PM
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You're welcome! Keep us posted on how it turned out.

Don't forget about the rubber plug right in front of the parking brake that you can run the wiring through.

And for the record, I'm running a pillar pod too, vacuum, fuel pressure and trans temp.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-15-2003, 09:21 PM
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Thanks for the tip about the parking brake. Looks like I'll be ordering everything from Jeg's, they have the best pricing so far:

105-12231 Triple Gauge Pod $52.99
105-4327 Ultra-Lite Oil Press. Gauge $53.99
105-4337 Ultra-Lite Water Tmp. Gauge $39.99
105-4391 Ultra-Lite Voltmeter Gauge $35.99
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2003, 10:54 PM
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Well, got the gauges and pod last night. Painted the pod, it looks darker than it appears in the pic so it looks like it'll match up well with the interior (the white "scratches" are actually dog hair).

Click on Caprice Gauge Pod

Only problem I think I'm going to run into is the oil press. sender. Talked with my ASE Chevy buddy tonight, he says there should be a provision for the sender towards the rear of the engine (near the distributor) but that it probably takes a special tool. Gonna check that out and get his friend's # (a local ASE Chevy mechanic) if that turns out to be the case. I'll keep you all posted.

Of course, the most exciting news was hearing about the possibility of getting an LT1 complete w/wiring, computer, etc, for around $300!!! He's supposed to call his buddy this weekend, crossing my fingers!!
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