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W. Bonsell
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Wanting to order a water temp gauge for my '91. Probably an autometer. Question I have is whether best to get an electric or a mechanical one. Will install in the nearest center console air vent.

And if anyone has best source let me know. Thanks

Bill

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William Bonsell
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Mechanical gauges must be installed in the upper radiator hose, due to the large size of their sender. Electrics can go in either the hetare hose or the radiator hose.

I have adapters for both applications

Dave

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Thanks Dave!

I was planning on doing a similar upgrade to my car this winter.....which location do you think is more accurate to pull the temperature from?

-Vick

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fishguyaz
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yes another thanks dave, i have a guage in my car but its not hooked up. i will contact you for the adapter.
Josh

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I used the electric and hooked it into the hose coming out of the rear of the head before in went into the heater core. Seams to work just fine.

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I like the AEM digital water gauge installed in the small water hose on the back of the head to the heater core (adapter from http://advanced-autosports.com/)

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I bought the radiator hose adapter from Advanced Autosports which allowed both a guage and warning light. Nice piece, works/looks great. Electric is low maintenance, make sure you match the guage to the sender(s).

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W. Bonsell
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Just ordered the hose adapter from Advanced for an electric gauge after a bit more checking.

Hope I got the right one. Anyone with the best place to purchase an Auto-Meter gauge?

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I have the same setup as Frank. Electric, measures off the heater hose coming from the back of the head. Advanced Autosports adapter with an Autometer gauge.

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Greg H.
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This is a nice AEM gauge that shows a numerical readout so a quick glance is all that is needed.

http://www.aemelectronics.com/gauges-26/digital-gauges-27/water-oil-trans-temp-47/

Amazon has for $140.

http://www.amazon.com/AEM-30-4402-100-300F-Transmission-Temperature/dp/B001DX9KJK

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David Spencer
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I would use a mechanical for reliabity purposes. I have had the electrical sending units fail. I also like being able to monitor the cooling of my motor without turning on the power.

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quote:
Originally posted by W. Bonsell:
Anyone with the best place to purchase an Auto-Meter gauge?

Got mine at Baxter Auto Parts.

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I think to do it all over again I'd go mechanical too. I've put in elec gauges twice now and it can be a real pita. Unless you want to run the signal into data acquisition.

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Even with data aquisition, this winter I'm sticking in a set of backup gauges. Paying attention to gauges has saved my motor more than once. I've had my digital dash die mid race and had to just cross my fingers that I wouldn't need those warning lights for the next 20 mins. If my dash konks out again, I want to know that the engine isn't going with it.

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Oh...and if you go to the Longacre site, they usually have really good deals on out of box stuff used for trade shows, previous years models, etc. I picked up a set of gauges with warning lights for something like $40.

Not sure how I'm going to do the oil P yet but the DAQ runs off the heater hose and the temp gauge and warning light will go in the radiator hose using one of Dave W's adapters.

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Keith Novak
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