A little more progress

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A little more progress

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:52 pm

I made a new part for my car out of aluminium, it's a distribution block for oil pressure, so I can have a gauge reading and a dash light. I made it to look like a 5/8 deep well spark plug socket. Now I have to extend the wiring to make it functional.

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Re: A little more progress

Postby theholycow » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:11 am

That looks great. I need to do the same thing but I am planning to use off-the-shelf parts to piece together a system with a tee and such. I wish mine was in a location as open and accessible as yours...mine's in a hole barely big enough to fit a socket on an extension after unbolting an engine mount to clear the frame.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:54 pm

Thanks man, good luck with yours.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby NotDadsW41 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:31 pm

Very nicely done.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:08 pm

NotDadsW41 wrote:Very nicely done.


Thanks, being a machinist really helps a car nut like me lol!
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Re: A little more progress

Postby rabidmadman » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:25 pm

Awesome. Man that oil pressure port is so damn convenient on the 455. On the Chevy, the port is in the back and absolutely a nightmare to get to. I snapped the nylon tube running from my sender to the gauge and it took me hours to fix. In hindsight, I now regret not using a brass tube like the one you are using. I think I should have actually gotten an electric oil pressure gauge to avoid running the oil into the car altogether.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:15 pm

rabidmadman wrote:Awesome. Man that oil pressure port is so damn convenient on the 455. On the Chevy, the port is in the back and absolutely a nightmare to get to. I snapped the nylon tube running from my sender to the gauge and it took me hours to fix. In hindsight, I now regret not using a brass tube like the one you are using. I think I should have actually gotten an electric oil pressure gauge to avoid running the oil into the car altogether.


Thanks man, i ran into the same problem on my 79 Malibu dumped about 3 quarts out in my floorboard didn't have any oil to put in it and was 35 miles from home,glad i was with my best friend he had oil and tools, glad it was just the floorpan and not new carpet. I replaced mine with copper in the Malibu it's been fine ever since.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby rabidmadman » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:44 am

That's awful. I luckily have a rubber floor in the event this happens again...and I'll probably have to endure a hot oil bath also. Mine snapped in the engine bay though...and I highly regret not using the braided wire or the aluminum one that you have....not a fun job on the 350.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby hotwheelsboy28 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:44 pm

Naw, just takes time it ain't no fun at all. I had a nylon line to spew on the Malibu also at the firewall eeerrr! then inside the car, that's when i went to a copper line. Good luck with it!
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Re: A little more progress

Postby theholycow » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:34 am

hotwheelsboy28 wrote:Naw, just takes time it ain't no fun at all. I had a nylon line to spew on the Malibu also at the firewall eeerrr! then inside the car, that's when i went to a copper line. Good luck with it!

This is most of the reason why I went with an electric oil pressure gauge with a remote sender. I don't want to pipe hot oil into the cabin.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby rabidmadman » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:51 pm

What kind of electric oil gauge are you using? Would you mind directing me to a similar one? I replaced the nylon tube with yet another nylon tube last year..so hopefully nothing goes wrong. I haven't even thought about it, but this thread just made me really want to swap out my mechanical gauge for all these reasons.
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Re: A little more progress

Postby theholycow » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:39 am

This is mine:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunpro-CP8202-Sty ... B000CPINK2

I'm not sure I want to recommend Sunpro though. Their sender is huge, almost as large as the gauge.

I have no idea if the senders for these are any better but they sure are pretty:
http://www.amazon.com/VDO-350702-Electr ... B000CCDLFM
http://www.amazon.com/Auto-Meter-1827-E ... B000CIH36Y

I use white faces because that's more like my spun aluminum OEM gauges than black is.
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