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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: '68 SS Console temp gauge not working on: June 09, 2011, 03:20:09 PM
Good idea! After trying three different sending units and much searching I found upon a company that specializes in wiring and misc electirical components and they make temp sending units. The company is They make claim that todays sending units from GM and after market are generic in nature i.e., designed to cover a wide range of applicatiions and are not very accurate.  Anyway they calibrate their sending units for vintage cars and for individual models. I purchased one of their gauges but haven't gotten around to  installing. I"ll post results as soon as I do.


2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: '68 SS Console temp gauge not working on: May 15, 2011, 05:10:54 PM
Thanks for the replies. I've bought a new gauge (Classic Headquarters-GM Restoration) that has an external resistor. I'm not real technical but it seems changing out the gauge and resistor is straight forward bolt up. It you have any tips along the way I'd appreicate it.

thanks for the information

 PS - It was mentioned using a different resistor might move the gauge closer to have way at 180 degrees - are they readily avaialble at auto parts stores? 
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / '68 SS Console temp gauge not working on: May 15, 2011, 12:38:49 PM
 My temperature gauge is not working or barely registering on the cold side. Itís not worked since I got the car a couple months back. I had a small anti-freeze leak at the sending unit so at the same time I had the shop put a new sending unit in thanking the other was bad and Iím getting the same cold reading on my gauge.  I did some research on google and a couple searches I found tech threads that say when installing temp sending unit do not use teflon tape or any thread dope as the unit will not ground properly. Of course when the shop changed mine out they used thread dope but it wasnít working prior so not sure if it was doped or not. Iím certain that we used the right part number for the gauge application and check grounded the wire and the gauge will fly to the hot side signaling it works.  Iíve bought another temp sending (ac delco) and plan on changing it out this weekend (after cleaning threads the head) but now Iím concerned about threading it in without anything on the threads preventing it from seeping anti-freeze again. 

Update: Changed out to new gauge (a/c delco G1852 #12334869) same as pulled out. Installed with no thread dressing ran motor up to temp (180) still gauge only will register one line above cold. Grounded temp unit wire and console gauge will fly all the way too hot side. Hooked wire bace to sensor and ran motor temp up to 190 and still no reading change. Had to pull sensor back out to teflon threads to keep from leaking. The only thing I know to do is change out temp gauge in console maybe gauge is bad but I can't figure out why when we test ground wire gauge registers!

Has anyone had this issue  - how difficult or easy is the gauge to change out?

thanks for any feedback. . .rags

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Rear disc brake conversion on: May 01, 2011, 09:00:09 PM
front are stock power disc  - I'm going to 15X8 wheels - it appears most aftermarket rear disc kits require "15 wheels.

5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Rear disc brake conversion on: May 01, 2011, 08:57:09 PM
Are your front discs aftermarket?  If so, it's a good idea to use the same brand front & rear.  Most conversions require a min. 15" rim w/min. backspacing requirements specified by the manufacturer.  Some would argue its a better investment to increase the size of your front disc's vs install disc's on the rear. 
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Rear disc brake conversion on: April 30, 2011, 08:25:45 AM
thanks. . .
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Rear disc brake conversion on: April 29, 2011, 04:24:09 PM
I'm new to the forum. I recently acquired a '68 SS with front disc brakes and was considering upgrading the rear drums to disc. I was hoping to get feedback from any one thats made the upgrade and if it's an improvment to what degree, Also, what kit does the best job as I've seen 3-4 on the market. I'm also considering changing out the "14x6 rims to "15x7 - are there any problems going with the 15's front & rear? What tire sizes would you recommend 225 or 235? Is therd enough clearance in front for these?

Thanks for your feedback

'68 SS
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