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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-08-2017, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a single gauge (oil pressure) pillar mount

I see Autometer has 1,2,3 pod pillar mounts but come black so would need to paint with the SEM "grey" to match interior

Found this "grey" one at Classic Industries

https://www.classicindustries.com/product/am10231.html

EDIT: apparently no longer avail painted grey so it looks like I need this and paint it

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anyone running a single pod pillar gauge have a pic??

Looking at this Autometer gauge. Mechanical tube feed

2-1/16" OIL PRESSURE, 0-100 PSI, MECHANICAL, ULTRA-LITE

NTP 1/8" so assume I need a 1/4 to 1/8 NTP adapter to screw into the port above oil filter

I need to wire the gauge light into my headlight wiring somewhere so ideally it comes on when my "sentinel" lights come on. Anyone know which/where that wire may be?

or is there a "electric" signal gauge using a NTP sensor for oil pressure?

I have a tranny temp gauge in my Ford truck that is a NTP sensor in the pressure port of the tranny

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I do not recommend the nylon tubing,at least use copper if not AN-04 hose/fittings. There are electric versions,but I've always preferred mechanical oil pressure gauges. I can see how electric may be easier to install though.

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yeah I was looking at the copper line kit Autometer has...have not run the plastic tube stuff since I was a kid in my 57 cheby

Holly exploding wallet Batman....$235 for "electric" one

http://www.autometer.com/2-oil-press-0-100-psi-fse.html

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As accurate as they are, I've never been comfortable with a Mechanical Gauge vs a Electrical Gauge for a few reasons. dont like having to run a tube with oil into the car. With a mechanical Cooling Gauge, the used to or maybe still do, have a huge fitting on the end that you have to feed thru a large hole somewhere. If your fully committed to Mecahnical Oil Gauge, then as 1slow mentioned something other than nylon or I'd ONLY consider something in a Braided/AN setup.

But I would think with today's technology, a Electrical Gauge and its Sensor are pretty "dead on balls accurate". It's so much easier/safer running a few wires over any hose with Hot Fluid. Just MHO

Btw - interested in seeing what you come up with and considering adding a couple of gauges myself. Just not sure if I'm going in the dash bezel or A pillar. I have a few extra pillars to work with and may even consider molding my own pods similar to what I've seen done for Tweeters. Lots of info out there on how to do this and refinish the pillar yourself. If your going to add those pods, I think they need to be blended in for a "clean" look.

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Love my gauges,and have more on the A-Pillar

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yeah I was looking at the copper line kit Autometer has...have not run the plastic tube stuff since I was a kid in my 57 cheby

Holly exploding wallet Batman....$235 for "electric" one

2-1/16" OIL PRESSURE, 0-100 PSI, STEPPER MOTOR, ULTRA-LITE
Are you stuck on the ultra lite series? I bought an electric Autometer oil pressure gauge but it was only around $70 or so but it's not an ultra lite.

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The "full-sweep" electrics are pricey,but also have a far better display than the more generic "short sweep" style. All mechanical gauges have full sweep faces...

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I have the full sweep electric gauges in a two pillar pod. Fuel and oil pressure. I checked calibration when they were new, very accurate. they have been there several years. I think they are the Ultra Lite. 2 1/16.
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I have always been hesitant on the pod gauge look. Oil pressure has always been something I would like to monitor vs just testing it with a pigtail mechanical gauge.

I get the nylon tubing is not what I would want and would either go with the copper line version or the braided/AN kit offered...although the braided kit is more than the cost of the mechanical gauge

The electric I see offered by Autometer in the 2 1/6" is $235...so not cheap. It is the "stepper motor" type

I will dig deeper to other gauge options.

Way back when I had Stewart OP gauge and nylon line in my 57

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You can get an Autometer #2334 for just under $50

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