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Old 04-06-2018, 05:02 AM   #1
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Does anyone make a good quality ammeter??? I am on my second one and it fell out yesterday. Seems like they are VERY flimsy.
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Old 04-06-2018, 05:59 AM   #2
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Good ammeters are out there, just not new manufactured stock. I found a couple on ebay. I think I paid around $20.00 each but they are accurate dependable, and of good quality. What you want is the D'arsonval type movement in the gauge.
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Tom Wessenberg has designed some tools which are a big help in disassembling an ammeter. In some cases they can be repaired/improved.
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Anything will be an improvement over what you can buy now from China.
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:14 PM   #5
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Good ammeters are out there, just not new manufactured stock. I found a couple on ebay. I think I paid around $20.00 each but they are accurate dependable, and of good quality. What you want is the D'arsonval type movement in the gauge.
I can find good vintage ammeters pretty easily on ebay, but they don't fit in the small space of the A instrument panel, and/or they don't look authentic.

Growley- are you finding good quality authentic looking meters? Could you please post a photo?
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Buy from Dan Bixby. He on,t carries originals.
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Buy from Dan Bixby. He on,t carries originals.
Untouched, or rebuilt, or NOS?
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How do we contact Dan?? Just did a google search and didn't come up with anything. Would like to talk with him
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How do we contact Dan?? Just did a google search and didn't come up with anything. Would like to talk with him
Put 'Dan Bixby' in the search box for this forum. He has several items for sale here, so you can contact him that way. Please keep us informed.
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I can find good vintage ammeters pretty easily on ebay, but they don't fit in the small space of the A instrument panel, and/or they don't look authentic.

Growley- are you finding good quality authentic looking meters? Could you please post a photo?
I'll get a couple PICS today. Finding the proper size is a challenge, but they're out there. One thing to remember is that Ford did not have his name on the face of the ammeter.
And as someone else said, almost anything is a vast improvement on the new stuff out there now. I bought one a couple years ago and it fell apart during shipping. It was well packaged very poor quality.
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Avoid China at all cost. Don't ask why I said this.
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Got in touch with Dan and he had one. Look forward to getting it in. Will update when installed. Thanks for the tip and thanks to Dan for the quick response. What a great group!!!!
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I replaced my original model A amp meter with a aftermarket. Before I had it installed the needle fell off (found out this happened to a friend also). Open it up and reinstalled the needle and at this point I found out how cheaply it was made compared to the original. After I finally got it reinstalled but with a hose clamp to keep it in place because the tangs broke off removing it to fix the needle problem it read backward. Not a issue . Just switched wires. Now the meter works but not very accurate. I used the studs from the aftermarket to rebuild my original meter. Now I am happy.
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