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Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:07:49 PM »
Long story short, I bought a fairly complete (but rusted to all hell) '77 Pinto Stallion Wagon (4-speed stick) to 'donate' parts to my '74 Runabout (automatic).

My main concern (since I have most everything else lined out) is that the RPM gauge (uses a black plug w/4 prongs) may not be able to mount in my runabout (not worried about the dash, just plug-ins). I've never taken my dash apart in the Runabout and have no honest idea.

Also: In the wagon, there's 3 gauges in a cluster; Oil, Amperage, and Engine Temp. Since all three of these are located within my Speedo on the runabout...can I just re-route the wires to the middle-of-the-dash cluster?

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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 10:39:57 AM »
not too sure but if you dont end up using the 3 gauges from the wagon i would be intrested in them for my 78 wagon, some one before i bought it took them out and installed custom cheap china ones!!
thanks and good luck!!
 
 
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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 11:21:42 AM »
I thought there was a write up somewhere that showed what needed to be done to convert to the tach cluster without changing the wiring harness.  I would do a search.  I want to say 77turbopinto did it.  If you want to do it right, I would change the harness as you will need to run the wires for the tach feed and change the sensors from the idiot light ones to a gauge.
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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 10:14:02 PM »
What is this wiring harness of which you speak?  ???
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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013, 04:24:25 PM »
What is this wiring harness of which you speak?  ???
The engine / underdash wiring harness.  I sold the harness out of an 80 bobcat I had along with the gauges to a local guy.  Two days later, he had the car running and driving without too much trouble.

However it is possible to get them working with the non-tach wiring harness.  I have never done it though.
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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2013, 11:48:18 PM »
Damn.. any chance you'd have a diagram of which ones went where? I just sold the old wagon (with most wires still attached))
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Re: Can Gauge Clusters Interchange?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2013, 02:59:05 AM »
Bill (77turbopinto) documented it somewhere.  I looked a little tonight but did not find it.  It might be buried in his tan Pinto thread.
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