do anyone use a gps speedmeter? if so what brand, price, what is its top speed, battery operated, etc etc.
i'm looking for an inexpenive one that will clock 60+/- mph. hanks in advance.
Got a smart phone? That's what I use. There's an ap for that.
I got one and love it. They are very pricey though. Mine set me back over $300 but I got all the bells and whistles. Mine is good for 80mph. My car will never see 80 but the only other choice was 40mph. I use it in my 49 Plymouth. I did have to buy a step up voltage converter from 6 to 12 volt to run it. It uses very little power. Like 25 milamp. I'm getting another one for my T this spring.
I use a Free AAP on my smart phone. I stick a hands free holder on the windshield and set the phone in it. Works great!
Tyrone: I've been using a Garmin 260 since 2008 to track my speed and mileage. At first I relied strictly on the internal battery, but since have realized that it can be plugged into a 6v power point and work perfectly fine. Same with my cell phone. The only issue I have is vibration at the dash causes the plug to work its way out of the socket. This was solved by using hair bands to hold the plug in the socket.
Smart Phone? aaaa did i mention i am a tightwad?
I did the phone thing for a while but running both the gps mode and the light it would make the phone hot and kill the battery. The gps speedometer I have records time, trip, and a lot more functions that I dont use. Plus I can use the phone for my maps.
I use a Garmin that I take out of my Subaru
. My battery is a 12 volt Hitachi lithium pac from my drill driver. It is good for about four and a half hours in my A. Expect a little less if it's also used for ignition in an early T.---Len
I use Garman GPS. You mentioned 60 plus mph. My Garman GPS and another has clocked 70 MPH in a model T. I don't know how much higher they would go but 70 MPH is the best I could do. Garmen costs have been steadily down. My first one was $500.00 I think this last one I bought was around $300.00 for the NUVI 50. The nuvi 50 has a lot more functions. I would recommend that you don't get some of the others because you have to use a magnifying glass to read your MPH and that is not very good at any speed. The nuvi 50 has so many functions that I can't mention them all, Elevation, time, Next street coming up, and dozens more.
I bougbt a gps powered speedometer from speedhut a few years ago and love it. It has numerous timing functions besides being a speedometer. The only complaint is that they don't make one that fits in better with the Model T era. Just connect it to 12 volts and go. In the winter you can run it from a cordless drill battery and see how fast the grandkids are going down the big hill on their sleigh!!
I use a Garmin Nuvi in both my modern and T. I power it with a small 12V gel cell battery under the seat. Takes very little power and is isolated from the mag so no voltage spikes.
I really like this unit in the T because it gives accurate distance traveled, speed and calculates average MPH, stopped and moving. max MPH which I do not know what is the highest but I know you will never reach it unless maybe over triple digits. They also give you tons of other info along with driving directions and traffic avoidance features.
It's satellite based not cell towers so it has better reception. I have a separate mounting in my T with a cig plug in so it's easy to switch from car to car. They use so little power it'll run all summer.
Side note is how many people comment/joke at a show about the GPS as original equipment 100 years ago.
Get one you'll love it.
These are available for a little over $100.
My Garmin Nuvi 260 doesn't appear to have an upper limit on speed. I used it once when on a flight to Cali and it told me the plane was cruising at over 500 mph. I think it will do just fine in a T.
I use a four-year-old Garmin E-Trex Vista HC, about $230 back then. While this model is probably several generations old, how I use it may be of interest...
I've taped three strong ceramic magnets on the backside, using a clear "paint protection film" scrap from an auto detail shop. This is thick enough to hold the magnets securely, and also provides a scuff resistant layer between the magnets and the metal dash/whatever.
I use it on all my cars and my bicycle as there is always some metal surface handy for the magnets to grip securely. Here it is in my '26 touring, when I step out of the car at the store I just stick it out of sight on the underside of the gas tank.
I installed a strap-iron tongue extending down from the mirror mount on my '24 speedster:
The large display mode shown above and be easily changed to small numbers, below, to give greater detail. This data is upon returning home from a very memorable trip from Edmonton to Leavenworth WA in the speedster this past Labour Day:
There is adjustable back-lighting, very handy for night driving. and the readouts have been consistently accurate, aside from the altitude reading turning wacky about a year ago.
This unit has very limited mapping and navigation ability, but that's just fine because we are real men here and real men use only paper maps (and the sun, the moon, bear droppings, etc.)
My GPS Speedometer
OK - its really a $15 bicycle speedometer from Amazon.
2. No buttons to push - starts when the car moves
3. Not easily visible to others
4. Battery lasts 3 years - cheap - easy to replace. No need to recharge.
5. Highly accurate
6. Gives speed, time of day, total mileage since installed, mileage for last trip (no setting needed - all automatic, time engine ran on last trip.
7. 1 second to remove if your worried about theft.
What more could you want? (OK, it won't give directions to Chickasha).
i had wonderd about the bicycle type. since i can only ride 12 mph on a bicycle....
Bud. your setup is the little magnet that attaches to the bike wheel spoke and then you have the pickup with the wire lead mounted to a bracket?
I also have a bicycle speedometer. I've had it up to 54MPH with no problems except for my knuckles getting white!
I mounted the sensor magnet on the rear wheel as I had I had read that some folk had experienced interference from the ignition coils when wiring ran thru the engine compartment.
When I bought my '15 Touring, it didn't have a speedometer and I understand many Tin Lizzies of that vintage never did have one. Of course, it would be nice to have one because not only would it tell me how fast I'm going, it would look cool, besides. But, from what I've read, locating a correct speedometer and its associated equipment in working condition would be difficult and rather expensive—and from what I can see in photos, they'd be difficult to read while rolling down the road, anyway.
I make do with a cheapie Garmin Nuvi like this one, which sticks very nicely to my windshield with a suction mount.
It has a nice, legible speedometer and it keeps me from getting lost on the backroads.
I use a garman nuvi works fine on 6 volts
Bob, Your speedo mounted on the rear wheels will not be accurate because of always spinning the wheels taking off!!!!
Gene, that error is nulled when my disc brakes lock up the rear wheels
Good One Bob!!
Hopefully we don't do either often Hee hee
I've found a great thing about the GPS is when on a tour and you always get lost is easy to just punch in the motel and you can always get back.
I put Walmart in the GPS when I wanted to find a Walmart Supercenter in Bentonville, AR. The GPS came up with at least 8 "Walmart"s. After driving to Distribution centers, Training centers and Corporate Headquarters,etc. I stopped and asked a fella getting gas at a convenience store. He asked me if I was serious. We all laughed, I got directions and finally found the Supercenter.
Ya that's funny and so true. My older Garmin does not search well. I'm forced to use my cell phone to get the address then use the GPS. Works mostly
Wouldn't it be nice if a kit was available that would retrofit a GPS speedometer into an original model t speedometer case? Many originals have the internals swollen up and are unusable due to pot metal. These would be excellent candidates for such a retrofit.
Hey Gary, Great idea but of course that wouldn't be original and probably be the first thing to fail on tour and leave you with no speedo.
Next thing you know then someone would want to put electronic stuff inside of the timer too.
SORRY, I just couldn't help a little humor...hee hee
That is Really Funny!
I use 2 different GPS in my T. One is a small wrist Garmin which eats AAA batteries and the other is a in Nuvi 1200 that I run off a 12v MC battery. The MC battery was originally installed as a Mag substitute prior to pulling the engine and fixing the mag problem. Ignore 6v ground strap routing.
Gary, The Speed Hut GPS speedometers come in various sizes. They can be customized to replicate old style gagues. Just a thought.
Thanks Gary. I had seen those and there are also some small units that are quite cheap available for boats. The downside to the boat units is they don't record miles but that isn't a big deal. If I did one I would like to make a new face for it with the Stewart nameplate or the universal car logo in Autocad. One of these days when I get a bunch of other stuff done first I may attempt it.