I was asked about my temp. gauge. I got several gauges like this from a close out deal on the internet. They are no longer available to my knowledge. However, Harbor Freight has a reasonably priced 3 pack of gauges with a small mechanical temp. gauge that I've used with good luck. They mount right in place of the amp gauge. The other end mounts into the front outlet on the head. This is probably where the water is the hottest, so it gives a good indication of what is happening, temperature-wise. I sacrifice that amp gauge, but with a regulator, I feel the temp. gauge is needed worse.
For the earlier models you need this SW. plate
Thank you for the information.
Tom, that is cool. Does it just tap into the bottom side of the upper rad outlet? And what temps do you normally see when climbing hills, cruising, and sitting at lights? Seems to be a great add on for a t to help avoid engine damage in hot weather!
Here is the other end
Is that Model A gas gauge connected to the gas tank?
I would rather keep the ammeter and mount the temperature gauge somewhere else, maybe hang from the dash or drill another hole for it. The ammeter is important even if you have a voltage regulator. Without it you will not know when your car is discharging until the battery goes dead.
David, it fluctuates around 200 degrees. The main thing is that it indicates that something is wrong if it goes above 210. For instance, if the water gets below the tubes in the upper tank for some reason.
Erich, thanks for the photo of the other end. That was before the body was done.
Norman, yes, the A gas gauge is grafted into the tank. On my Montana 500 car an amp gauge is not important to me. On several of my other cars I have the temp. gauge hanging below the dash. If I recall my 1917 has a temp. gauge in the ammeter hole and an ammeter hanging below for some reason. Maybe because I added the charging system after the fact since it didn't have it to begin with.
That's a very nice bit of info to have while driving a t! Gives you the time you need to pull over before cylinders get scored or head gaskets fail, Thank you for posting it!
I like it Tom and it is not permanent so you could always switch back for a show or some other reason.
Assuming that you have no thermostat, do you see much cooler temperatures in the winter that would require blocking off the air flow through the radiator?
A gauge would be useful if you did cover the radiator to make sue if did to get too hot.