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aksyta
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:23 pm    Post subject: Engine gauges and overal operating conditions Reply with quote

I recently reconstructed my 1970 with a 1972 body, and 1500 single port engine with some modifications. The engine is stock as far as I can tell, aside from the round paper air cleaner, high flow oil pump, oil filter bracket, and deep sump, none of which I installed, it was there as long as I've had the car. There were some gauges installed in the original 1970 body, including a sunpro tachometer and mechanical oil pressure gauge. I kept the tach (haven't reinstalled it) but let the mechanical pressure gauge go with the body. I was considering getting some vdo electical oil temperature and pressure gauges, but have concerns about accuracy. I'd be using the dual sender for pressure that installs where the idiot light sender goes (retains idiot light function) and the sender for temperature that installs at the pulley-end relief plug.

Some indicated statistics I vaguely remember from the old gauges were I'd be able to cruise on the freeway at between 2.5-3k rpm while holding 10-15 psi/1krpm on even hot (>90 F) days. On cold (<40 F) days, even after letting the engine warm up until the electric choke was fully open, I'd get oil pressure spiking up to 70 psi at 2k rpm before shifting up. I ran and still run 10w30 valvoline vr1 synthetic race oil changed every 3k along with the filter, which is a bit pricey having 6.5 quart total capacity with deep sump.

In short:
Want gauges, are vdo's accurate?
Is engine setup alright to run with?
I want the engine to run correctly, last a while, and not fail without at least a warning.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: Engine gauges and overal operating conditions Reply with quote

I've been using the same VDO gauges since 1977.

I get about 10 psi oil pressure for each 1000 rpm once the engine is warmed up. The VDO dual-sender will cause the warning light to come on at idle after a decent run, even though the oil pressure reads about 8 psi, just be aware of that.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: Engine gauges and overal operating conditions Reply with quote

the gage accuracy can be tests against a know good gage.

for best engine get a stock air cleaner with the correct warm up and crank case breather provided for.

the big fuel filter wieghts the carb inlet. the carb inlet can fall out of the carb with no warning, specially as temperature changes, often resulting in a fire. so move the filter to under car near tranny, and also see link below on engine fires and safety wires .

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