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Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel

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motorv8N

01-14-2008 12:01:53
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Anybody ever drill out holes for additional gauges on a Fergie? I want to add a water temperature gauge and maybe even an oil temp gauge to my TEA 20 but the steel plate dash looks pretty thick.
How does one go about getting a nice round hole of the correct size? Are there hole saws made to cut metal? Tell me your stories and show me your pics!

While authenticity isn't a huge deal for me I'd like the job to be neat and as "factory looking" as possible.

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motorv8N

01-19-2008 21:45:28
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
Thanks for all the replies folks. I'm pretty sure my dash is steel owing to the clunk it makes when tapped.
I had thought about the aftermarket brackets that hang under the dash but figured I'd knock it flying with my boot. I'll probably try the hole saw approach although I realize position is going to be tricky as someone installed a light switch to the left of the oil pressure gauge and a cigarette lighter (?!) to the right of the volt meter. This leaves no real room on either side unless I go ahead and cut in one of those two areas and move the obstructing electrical piece somewhere else. Fun to plan this stuff.

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Alex MacEwing

01-15-2008 13:01:13
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
just a FYI, I added a Temp Gauge to my 1951 TEA20, a couple months ago, easy with the above mentioned hole saw. If you need the number of the gauge I used, check postings by me, or send me an email..... L8tr Alex



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gshadel

01-14-2008 14:34:38
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
Hole saw, like the other guys said. I drilled a hole in my dash too... I was both cursing the seemingly "inexplicably extra thick steel dash" that I was trying to drill out, and praising how "they don't make tractors like they used to" at the same time.
Use patience and drill slow, fast drilling will just get you a wallered out rough hole that you will need to clean up or cover-up the edges with a ring. Get your gauge first & measure the O.D. to make sure you get the right hole saw size. 2" sounds like what I used too though.

George

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Lance J.

01-14-2008 13:18:10
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
Friends-
I believe the easiest thing to do would be to purchase an aftermarket add-on guage panel which already has guages installed in it and can be screwed or velcroed to any flat surface. These are commonly sold with 2, 3, or 4 guages installed in a neat cluster. Auto Meter, Edelbrock, and Summitt Racing are a few brands which produce them. many auto parts stores keep them in stock, I've installed many of them on to cars and they are easy as can be. This way, you don't have to cut holes in your nice Fergie sheet metal and can easily remove them if desired.

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jeff-oh

01-14-2008 14:47:47
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to Lance J., 01-14-2008 13:18:10  
This is what I was getting at with my under battery mounting possition comment. I plan on doing as lance says, and I'll put the gauges that do not need to be monitered there. That way I have an unmodified dash.

This fits my needs.



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Steve (PA)

01-24-2008 19:49:10
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to jeff-oh, 01-14-2008 14:47:47  
Jeff,
I need to ask you about your temperature gauge.
Email me if you don't mind.
Thanks Steve



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Bob (Aust)

01-14-2008 13:00:51
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
Klaus. The dash panel on my TEA20 is steel. I have all three gauges, drilled the third with a 2 inch hole saw in my drill press and cleaned up the edges.

My gauges are in a row with the new gauge hole on the left. (Two on the left of the steering, one on the right under the air intake.) Light switches above the left hand gauges. Looks neat. Sorry, one of the few things I don't have a photo of.

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klaus

01-14-2008 12:21:17
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  
Hi motorv8N.
I recently made a hole like the one you want. I got myself a 2 inch hole saw for metal. Made a hole in about 10 sec. Apparently the TEA dash is made from aluminium so that should not be a problem. Made the hole just above the "blinded" hole inthe dash. So now I have a oil pressure gauge (factory) + water temp gauge + ammeter. My camera just broke. But if you want I can post pictures when I have a now one.
Happy drilling. Klaus

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Bendee

01-15-2008 05:10:48
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to klaus, 01-14-2008 12:21:17  
mine is about 12 gauge steel. Holder for steering wheel is Aluminium.



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jeff-oh

01-14-2008 12:14:13
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 Re: Adding gauges to TEA 20 dash panel in reply to motorv8N, 01-14-2008 12:01:53  

hole saws are made for metal. Goto a good hardware store and get a 2" hole saw for metal. Milwalkee make a good one. The way they work is there is a central drill bit 3/8" or so that will keep the saw centered. The saw then cuts the plug.

Another Idea is to use the Amp guage slot for the water temp and move the amp guage and what ever else you may want to a bracket mounted under the battery tray. Amp gauge does not mean much to me other than it is charging or not. Thus it can be checked as needed but does not have to be watched while working. My thoughts at least.

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