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Re: Temperature Gauge

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06-24-2013 07:26:25

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manual don't care pos or neg ground. or voltage type.

and is pretty much auto-magic. put it in and it reads. power or no power.

me? i'd go manual. one less electrical component to mess with..

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Fuddy Duddy

06-25-2013 19:34:22

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to soundguy, 06-24-2013 07:26:25  
That's pretty much the way I looked at it. Just threw me when the Machinist said he thought electric was better. I think I've got a good machinist. Pass one up 15 miles away for this one 45 miles away. He told me he cut his teeth on 'N's. So I think I will be all right.

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36 coupe

06-26-2013 03:33:40

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to Fuddy Duddy, 06-25-2013 19:34:22  
He may think theres not enough metal in the head to take a tap.You will have a copper pipe running to the head.These pipes break easy and let one touch a hot terminal.No more gauge.The hose tap is still the safest way.A 60 year old cylinder head could be very thin.

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06-26-2013 04:42:00

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to 36 coupe, 06-26-2013 03:33:40  
the machinist shouldn't be doing too much guessing. witht he head in hand.. he should precisely know if it can be tapped. if it can't. he can always plug it.

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36 coupe

06-26-2013 04:58:57

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to soundguy, 06-26-2013 04:42:00  
Cast iron is never easy to tap.If you have ever looked at cracked heads or blocks you will know thin the casting is.If I could measure the thickness of the cast in the area to be tapped and found it thick enough I would tap it.You have to have an adapter for temp bulbs installed in block.The temp bulb needs a shoulder to be water tight.Cast iron can have some very hard spots in it.

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06-26-2013 05:11:52

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to 36 coupe, 06-26-2013 04:58:57  
i've been pretty lucky. have never had an issue cutting, drilling, or tapping threads in cast iron. if there is thin webbing.. I can see an issue with threading.. but that can be mitigated with a lil brass. besides. the new style heas have a boss for a temp bulb. i'd think the ford engineers probably designed it with sufficient metal for that to happen..

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06-26-2013 15:54:12

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to soundguy, 06-26-2013 05:11:52  
The 9n engines were used in light trucks and had heads that were different from tractor heads. the trucks had a temperature gauge.Ford did not use electric temperature gauges until 1940.

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06-27-2013 05:50:03

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 Re: Temperature Gauge in reply to 36 coupe, 06-26-2013 15:54:12  
all replacement heads will have the boss as well as the later industrial heads too.

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