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Old 06-30-2008, 10:37 PM
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Ribbed trim panels means 81-85 so a Diesel would be a 300SD. Plain trim panels means 86-91 so a Diesel would be an 86-87 300SD or 90-91 350SD/SDL.

That looks like a 126 gasser gauge set (Diesels don't have a vacuum gauge) since there's no fitting for the mechanical oil pressure gauge that would be in a 123 gauge set. At least I think all 123s have mechanical oil pressure gauges.

The 124 gauge board includes the illumination and turn signal bulbs - left side integral, right side on a pigtail. No way that's a 124 board.

I suppose you can transfer the mechanism. I'll check the PNP here the next time I go. The $7 or so I paid for the gauge panel means doing custom work had better be a really easy job.

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Old 06-30-2008, 11:11 PM
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You are correct, I was sloppy. It must have been an SE to have that kind of gauge panel.

I did a crude calibration with the "Economy" gauge using a large vacuum gauge I just bought and my Mityvac. The right hand stop (in the red zone) of the Economy gauge is very close to full atmospheric pressure (0" Hg vacuum) as would be expected. All the way to the left stop in the black turns out to be 14.5" Hg or about half an atmosphere.

Since atmospheric pressure at sea level is about 14.7 psi (1 bar), the range of the gauge is equivalent to half of that, or about 7 psi, maybe a bit more. Thus if you pry off the pointer and move it from the right end of the scale to the left end, you will end up with a range of 0 to 7 psi. By applying 5 psi to the gauge, calling that "zero," and setting the pointer at that point, you will get Sixto's range of 5 to 12 psi. I wish it were possible to increase the range to 0-15 psi but I don't think the gearing of the Economy gauge will allow it.

I'll do some more experiments later and report.


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