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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:44 pm    Post subject: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

So know there have been a lot of post made about making the 3 1/8" VDO Tachometer fit into the extra Bay of the Dash cluster. Every time one of those post was followed up with a post to BusBoys and their retaining ring to hold it in. Any body out there have a method of making it fit in that extra bay without using that ring from BusBoys or found another place that has that ring? I've made several attempts to contact BusBoys and have gotten no where.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

http://www.germansupply.com/home/customer/product.php?productid=17749&cat=&page=1

Might try over there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

Randy in Maine wrote:
http://www.germansupply.com/home/customer/product.php?productid=17749&cat=&page=1

Might try over there.


YES! Thank you! I have order items from them before but I completely spaced checking them for this.

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I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.


That's what I found after posting this. There's a thread in the "Buyer and Sellers Feedback" Forum where they seem to have come to conclusion that they've gone out of business. From what they were posting about the BusBoys, I can't say I'm surprised.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I made this template a while back. I just cut mine out of thin sheet metal.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cl1b6i7i0nhx72i/gauge-mounting-plate-1.pdf?dl=0
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

Just trim the block off plate w/Dreamial Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:59 am    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

madmike wrote:
Just trim the block off plate w/Dremel Wink

This ^^^
I took my block off plate and reversed it, then used a hole saw to cut the opening. Just took a few minutes to do.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

richparker wrote:
I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.


Their website still works:

http://www.bus-boys.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I put a Sunpro Tach in my 71 Westy about 15 years ago. It fit up against the original trim and I think whatever held the dummy plate in place holds this in (been so long I can't remember). Was supper easy install and I think looks original @1st look. I posted a pic.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

chabanais wrote:
richparker wrote:
I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.


Their website still works:

http://www.bus-boys.com/


The water was still turned on at their property, but the electricity wasn't when I was there two months ago. There is also tons of product just sitting out rusting, and all the donor cars are gone…

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I liked Walter over there. Good guy.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I just cut the center out of a spare block off plate like others. Fit perfect and hasn't moved in over five years. No need to buy one pre made.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

asiab3 wrote:
chabanais wrote:
richparker wrote:
I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.


Their website still works:

http://www.bus-boys.com/


The water was still turned on at their property, but the electricity wasn't when I was there two months ago. There is also tons of product just sitting out rusting, and all the donor cars are gone…

Robbie

Just curious, how do know the water was on? Did you wash your bus in there driveway? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

asiab3 wrote:
chabanais wrote:
richparker wrote:
I'm pretty sure Bus Boys is out of business. As far as the ring goes, you can just make one. It's really not that hard, that's how mine is held into place.


Their website still works:

http://www.bus-boys.com/


The water was still turned on at their property, but the electricity wasn't when I was there two months ago. There is also tons of product just sitting out rusting, and all the donor cars are gone…

Robbie


Couple of Vanagons and a lovely sad little BMW 2002 when I stopped by on August 1st.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

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Just curious, how do know the water was on? Did you wash your bus in there driveway? Wink


AHEM! I'll have you know I do not was my bus in drought-struck states unless the water can be reclaimed. I legitimately checked their utilities to see if the business was still in operation; I assume the water is left on for fire protection if necessary.


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Couple of Vanagons and a lovely sad little BMW 2002 when I stopped by on August 1st.
Colin


The little BMW was cute, but I didn't figure it was part of their inventory! Did they have the mountain of rear axle parts still rusting out in the rain?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Tachometer Questions Reply with quote

I think Wolfgang sells those retainers as well

Buuut, IMO you should spend another $100 and get one that matches the rest of the gauges. I just put one of the Smith tachs from CIP1 in, it's pretty noice

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