Move the Nee­dle With Auto Me­ter

RE­HASH YOUR DASH WITH­OUT THE BACK­LASH!

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

Re­hash your dash with­out the back­lash!

Un­less you’re in a late-model car with an elec­tri­cal glitch, there’s no rea­son to have jit­tery gauge nee­dles. Now, I don’t know about you but I like my cars di­aled in—lit­er­ally. I can’t stand gauges that stick—or don’t work—and if gauge nee­dle ro­ta­tion isn’t smooth it’s enough to make you want to park the car and tear apart the dash­board. This also hap­pens to be a com­mon prob­lem with older clas­sics.

That said, gauges are an im­por­tant part of your car. They’re re­spon­si­ble for re­lay­ing ve­hi­cle di­ag­nos­tics to the driver, and it’s the one part of your car that lit­er­ally stares back at you while you drive. So when it comes time to up­date or re­place the gauges in your ride, go with a com­pany that needs lit­tle to no in­tro­duc­tion: Auto Me­ter.

A trusted brand since 1957, Auto Me­ter has rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way rac­ers and ve­hi­cle builders think about in­stru­men­ta­tion and ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics. Founded by Vern West­berg, he spent his early days pour­ing sand cast­ings in his fam­ily’s back­yard, while his sons would help him as­sem­ble prod­ucts in their base­ment at night. Since then, the qual­ity and pride they pour into each of their prod­ucts hasn’t changed and they con­tinue to be the bench­mark by which pro­fes­sional rac­ers and top show con­tenders swear by.

In this tech in­stall­ment, we de­cided to re­place the gauges on a pro­ject bomb and we went with Auto Me­ter’s two-piece gauge kit. (In­stru­ment gauges in­stalled by Jesse Al­varez at Cus­tom Di­men­sions Au­dio & Fab­ri­ca­tion in El Monte, Cal­i­for­nia.) Like most old cars, the gauges in the bomb

were shot. Some were non­func­tional, oth­ers were too weath­ered to re­pair, and we wanted to go with re­place­ment units that sported a clas­sic ap­peal with a mod­ern soul. To fill that void, we went with a kit from Auto Me­ter (PN 1803). The kit comes with two gauges: one 5-inch quad gauge (which reads wa­ter temp, volt­age, oil pres­sure, and fuel lev­els) as well as a 5-inch speedome­ter. Fin­ished in an­tique beige and an el­e­gant chrome bezel, each of the gauges fea­ture pe­riod-cor­rect type­face, and the look, ac­cu­racy, and

de­pend­abil­ity you’ve come to ex­pect from Auto Me­ter.

In­cluded in the kit is a sin­gle-wire 1⁄8-inch NPT tem­per­a­ture sender and an 1⁄8-inch NPT oil pres­sure sender. The volt­meter reads from 8-18 V on neg­a­tive ground elec­tri­cal sys­tems and fuel level re­sis­tance range is 240 ohms empty to 33 ohms full (com­pat­i­ble with Auto Me­ter’s 3262 fuel level sender). In­stal­la­tion for the prod­uct was re­ally as easy as re­move and re­place, and our best piece of ad­vice is to take your time.

"A TRUSTED BRAND SINCE 1957, AUTO ME­TER HAS REV­O­LU­TION­IZED THE WAY RAC­ERS AND VE­HI­CLE BUILDERS THINK ABOUT IN­STRU­MEN­TA­TION AND VE­HI­CLE ELEC­TRON­ICS."

Cus­tom Di­men­sions Au­dio & Fab­ri­ca­tion cus­tom_di­men­sions@hot­mail.com

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