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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DesertDueler, Dec 8, 2001.

  1. DesertDueler

    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    I am atempting to put an autometer mechanical water temp gauge in the burb, but the problem is that the adapter they give you doesnt fit in the head. Which one do I need? I didnt run into this problem on the Jimmy, but the burb has centerbolt valve cover heads.

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  2. '73 K5

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    I have Vortec heads on my K5 with the centerbolt valve covers of course. I also use an Autometer mechanical temp gauge. Mine just screwed into the intake manifold...right by the water neck.

    '73 K5
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    I just did this, they make an autometer adapter, or you can just get the tread size of the sending unit and the thread size of the head, go to a pipe and fitting store and buy the fitting for next to nothing, thats what I did.
    Ben 87 Jimmy
     
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    Thats what I figured, would you happen to know the sizes off hand? I need to get it done here soon. On the TBI motors you have to put it in the head because the one on the intake is for the CPU.

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    well, it tells you the size of the sender in the directions, then what I did was take the electric sending unit out of the head, bring that to the store and say, I need a reducer that goes from this size(the sending unit that is attached to the wire on the guage) to this size,( the orig electric sending unit size).
    I hope this makes sense to you. Good luck.
    Ben 87 Jimmy
     
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    Buy a thermostat housing for an older chevy cars with a 350. They had a sensor in them and the thread matches what comes with the gauges. I think I used one for a 1975 nova.
     
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    Yea it makes sense, but I just didnt want to pull the sending unit out, without putting the new one right back in sinse it makes a mess at home. I guess I will do it at work tomorow.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&33"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     

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