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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: tachs Reply with quote

who has a tach on their ghia? what kind? where did you mount it. how does it hook up? would you change to a different kind if it were free?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my 66 (large clock) convertible, I sent my clock into North Hollywood Speedometer and had them convert it into a 6,000 rpm tach that matches the original speedo. It was spendy, but matches perfectly. I had originally planned on using a 914 tach, but I was concerned about it not matching due to the black bezel and red needle.

In my 69 (small clock) coupe, I removed the clock and enlarged the hole to fit a 3 3/8" VDO Series 1 tach. With a chrome bezel and white needle, the Series 1 gauges are a reasonable match to factory VDO gauges.

As far as hooking it up, I ran a wire from the negative terminal of the coil, through the hole in the firewall to the rear quarter panel interior, under the driver's side door sill plate, and up to the dash.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a tach made from an old clock body.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an AutoMeter Tach,

Hopefully, I'll get the parts that to put the engine in this weekend and see how it works.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Converted my clock using a SunPro tach. Works ok for what it is. I don't like Autometer, and VDO's tachs didn't match my speedo exactly how I wanted, so I had the face made.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SkrapMetal do you have any pics of your install? Im wanting to do this to my 74. Its that just a vinyl overlay?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hosspowerinc wrote:
SkrapMetal do you have any pics of your install? Im wanting to do this to my 74. Its that just a vinyl overlay?


Sorry no pics. I removed the clock mechanism, Glued in the tach, and used the needle from the clock. The face is a decal made by a sign shop.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, thanks. Which tach model did you go with?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Awesome, thanks. Which tach model did you go with?


Autozone should carry them, it was the smallest one, a little 2" or so... made by SunPro. Remove the bezel and cover, and just use the guts. The mechanism is what you glue to the back of the face. The electronic part you can leave out, or you can stuff it behind your wiring.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got one from ovalboy, he makes a nice repro tach!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This was in my old 74. The speedo is from a 78 or 79 Super, and the tach was a Porsche 912. A 914 tach fits right in the stock hole. Had to do some rewiring, but using the Bug speedo gives you all the idiot lights you lose in the Ghia's clock, plus a fuel gauge. If you paint the needle white, it looks like it's always been there.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her's mine. It's just a 2 1/6" VDO cockpit style with a chrome bezel. My car never had the stock gauges, so I think these look good. Porsche speedo, all with chrome bezels. I now have an old Blaupunkt raido to match also. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Westach; one of many new wires added from the dash to the rear.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got one from ovalboy, he makes a nice repro tach!!!


Working on a couple as we speak. Should be ready in a few days. They mount right in the dash of 66 and earlier Ghias.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skrapmetal, I love your tach! I'm gonna do this, too! Can you tell us, please, where did you get the graphic to give the sign shop?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Skrapmetal, I love your tach! I'm gonna do this, too! Can you tell us, please, where did you get the graphic to give the sign shop?


I actually bought it from another member on shoptalkforums a few years ago, and he had a local sign shop make it for him. The decal he used was good material though, it has held up through summers and winters, but it was a pain to put on. I bought 2 from him because I knew I'd mess up the first one.

If you design something, I'm sure a sign shop with up to date equipment should have no problem scanning off a few sheets of them.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: tach Reply with quote

got a "SUPER PREMIUM" tach from local auto pts. store $30. got it mounted and the light doesn't work i believe because the inline circuit invader clamp did not make contact. back to my termination kit tomorrow. i tested it at the rear of the ghia but have not tested it after installation. pics tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought this from HF. Its cheap but it does fit in the dash(clock or gas). I bought it for a test stand that I'm building and I noticed it would fit in the dash.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=98480


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:16 pm    Post subject: tach Reply with quote

drove to car show today and got to see my new tach work. i had been afraid that i had been over revving. i have been peaking at about 4k according to the speeds at which i shifted when really getting on it. here is the pic of the mount. yep! i screwed it to the bottom of my ash tray. i can see it just fine and it's out of the way. ain't it fun?

yep! i screwed up the pic post. tried to add it from photobucket and it didn't work so i posted it in the gallery. in 3 years or more i've never been successful in posting a pic to this site.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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