North American Turbocoupe Organization



Accurate Gauges
Birdman78758 Offline
Senior Member
#1
If we've got any EE people, do you think it's possible to take a standard instrument cluster and upgrade some of the components (resistors, capacitors, etc.) to better specs (milspecs) so that it would be accurate?

Just a thought...
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#2
Not really many resistors, caps, etc. in the cluster you can get to. the oil, temp, fuel gauges are just bimetallic strip gauges, and you cant do much about those. The senders are crappy too, not to mention the 50s tech mechanical IVR. The IVR can be upgraded to solid state pretty easy. Tach and speedo accuracy is more a function of the return spring on the needles than anything electronic.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Birdman78758 Offline
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#3
Thanks, Jeff. Sounds like you took a close look at some point. I guess that with factory-specs and "50's" technology it's not really worth it. No wonder they're considered a POS.
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