Move the float assembly up and down. Is the gauge 6 or 12 volt? Good luck, Tim - part of the family for 50 years - part of the family for 14 years - now part of Dave's family - If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem. But for someone like me who just wants to replace an old, decrepit electrical system in an otherwise stock truck, consider the scaled-down Highway Series which is also available in a 20-circuit kit. Your gauge probably has a ground post that needs to be grounded with wire from the post to your dash or a good ground. Turn on the key, but don't start the engine. Theres a ground wire from the gauge to sending unit but i used a regular wire. To remove the headlight switch, first push the little button on the switch to release and pull out the knob shaft.
This Yellow wire end needs to connect to the + terminal of the Ignition Coil. The meter should read the same as 2. One from the battery neg post to the frame and ground straps from the engine bellhousing to the frame on the pass. The meter should not move. Right after I hooked up the new wiring harness from Classic, I then went to hook the battery back up and all I got was smoke from under the dash. Remove the sending unit from the gas tank. I'll need to do some investigating to find out how to get the positive ground gauge working in a negative ground system.
Over that two-year period during which, I drove the truck quite often , I only had one real issue with the wiring. The meter should read somewhere between 30 ohms full tank and zero ohms empty tank. Factory Fit logo is a registered trademark. I have since replaced the tank, sending unit, gauge 12v and all new wiring throughout the truck. Instead of buying a new headlight switch, it is possible, depending on where your open is on the coil, to repair the open circuit. I made this mistake myself. Zig needs to get his gas gauge working.
Your whole system will run better. It could have been a really cool car. For example if the gauge is reading lower than the amount of gas that you know is in the tank, you would raise the gauge reading by bending the float arm down. ? The 6 volt generator just can't cut the mustard on this car. Just what they said when I ordered mine! Move the float assembly up and down. When you start the car, even the Ammeter will work correctly showing a + charge as you step on the gas. Connect the meter's black lead to a good ground.
Have 1953 3100 converted to 12 volt. Often times we paint our housings losing the ground. What is the symptom of the gas gauge not working? Look at the two photos at the link: 1. This is the bad one that I removed from my car. When up the meter should read 30 ohms ohms.
Then, move your mouse over the picture, click the arrow box on the lower right part of the picture to enlarge it. Unless you are a lot younger and more limber you may need a helper for these tests as you will be up under the dash. If you look close in Figure 2, you can see where this coil opened up. So, I swapped mounts photos 5 and 6 and the new one worked like a charm. Just one step closer to gettin my truck back on the road!! That's pretty darn high when you just want to put around town.
Close Up You will also need a bit longer fan belt. After having problems making it all align with the fan belt I discovered a better alternator mount that is sold both by and by see Resource page. In other words, you have a short. Wiring Steps for the new Alternator: All of the pictures below are expandable showing more detail. Had that not occurred, I may not have become fully aware of the imminent chance of a vehicle fire due to not only faulty wiring, but improperly wired components. Bought the sending unit and gauge from classicparts. Does it move at all? In the uninstalled off gauge photo, look at the ground metal between the posts and note a circular metal? Get some marking tape and label all the wires that connect to the switch to make sure you get them on the correct switch terminals when you are finished.
The alternator is made by Fifth Avenue from a company in Kansas. Luckily my dad disconnected the wires to the horns to shut down the noise. Support Arm Patrick's also includes the exact new top mount arm for the alternator. Attach wire removed in step 2. The first place to start is to check the ignition 12 volt power feed at the fuel gauge to see that it is powered up. Here is what mine looked like. As every one has said, ground , ground, ground.