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Tach Removal

PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:36 pm

Is it possible (feasible) to remove/replace the tachometer with the dash in situ? I don't want to remove the whole instrument panel unless avbsolutely necessary just to have the tach polarity reversed and the gauge calibrated. :roll:
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:48 pm

Yes ....bit of a PITA but take out the speedo first then it gives you some room to work.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:04 pm

types26/36 wrote:Yes ....bit of a PITA but take out the speedo first then it gives you some room to work.


Do you need to drop the steering column as well or will the gauge come out at an angle ?
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:06 pm

Ignore this one. See next post.
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:07 pm

types26/36 wrote:Yes ....bit of a PITA but take out the speedo first then it gives you some room to work.

Might well do that as the speedo needs work too. It jumps about all the time so I can't get a steady reading. I've removed, cleaned and lubricated the cable so it's not cable bind that's causing it. I might have to send both units to Speedy Cables for refurb and calibration. Anyone know typical costs? :?:
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:10 pm

oldelanman wrote:Do you need to drop the steering column as well or will the gauge come out at an angle ?


I've done it without but as I said it is a bit of a wrangle.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:23 pm

Galwaylotus wrote: I might have to send both units to Speedy Cables for refurb and calibration. Anyone know typical costs? :?:


According to their website.......from ?55 for speedo and from ?65 for tacho (+VAT and carriage.)

I've removed, cleaned and lubricated the cable so it's not cable bind that's causing it.


Did you check the right angle drive as well ?
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:57 pm

oldelanman wrote:Did you check the right angle drive as well ?

No I didn't. Something else to add to my list! Thanks. :roll:
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:08 pm

Galwaylotus wrote:
types26/36 wrote:Yes ....bit of a PITA but take out the speedo first then it gives you some room to work.

Might well do that as the speedo needs work too. It jumps about all the time so I can't get a steady reading. I've removed, cleaned and lubricated the cable so it's not cable bind that's causing it. I might have to send both units to Speedy Cables for refurb and calibration. Anyone know typical costs? :?:



When I have had the speedo jumping like that in the past, it proved to be a faulty cable, even though it looked OK and felt OK and I had lubricated it like you.
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PostPost by: reb53 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:14 am

Just pulled mine out today.
Didn't undo column or remove speedo.
Came out no problem but suspect it'll be a bastard to get back in.

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PostPost by: Uboat » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:57 am

Had my tacho out this winter, because of the bouncing that my pertronix ignition caused. No need for me to remove speedo or anything else, but then I have a LHD +2.. Although you do need some dexterity in your hands to remove screws and lamps...


I sent my tacho to Speedy cables, and I believe I paid 65 pounds. The electric stuff is simple, you just need to extend one cable and connect it to the coil.

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