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Old 02-27-2018, 06:30 PM   #1
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So I took off the outer nut to rebuild the gas gauge and now not sure how to remove the rest of the gauge from the tank, out the front of the dash or out the top? It is stuck so not sure which way to move it.

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Old 02-27-2018, 07:23 PM   #2
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Comes out the front. Replace the float with the new style and use CORK gaskets on the glass when you re-assemble.

Hopefully you dis-connected the battery first.


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Old 02-27-2018, 07:25 PM   #3
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Before trying to remove it make sure the gas tank is close to empty and the battery disconnected. Then unscrew the instrument panel for full access to the gauge area.

The gauge comes out of the tank by pulling it towards you. It does NOT come out through the top of the tank, the gas fill opening.
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Thanks!

I don't have a battery installed until I get all the things sorted out and a fuse on the starter, but I assume cigarettes are also not recommended ....
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AS barnstuf just told you, disconnect the battery!!! Once again, DISCONNECT THE BATTERY.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:30 PM   #6
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sorry, I did not see that you do not have battery installed
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thanks!

i don't have a battery installed until i get all the things sorted out and a fuse on the starter, but i assume cigarettes are also not recommended ....
boom!
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Yes this car has had every nut and bolt removed at least once and most all aftermarket parts removed or waiting to be sold.

It does mostly look like it exploded (boom), but one day and one part at a time it is looking like a car again.

The inner nut is way harder to get out than the outer and so soaking in carb cleaner overnight and hoping for the best.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:41 PM   #9
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Also, what is correct for original gauge for judging? the gas gauge dial is etched numbers on aluminum I think, one of my numbers looked like black paint but all others are cleaned off or never were painted. Do the gauges need to have some gas resistant black paint in the 0, 1/4 and 1/2, F, notches for example? Or are they just left bare metal?
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:42 PM   #10
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# are painted. I used catalyzed enamel, well cured.
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Yes this car has had every nut and bolt removed at least once and most all aftermarket parts removed or waiting to be sold.

It does mostly look like it exploded (boom), but one day and one part at a time it is looking like a car again.

The inner nut is way harder to get out than the outer and so soaking in carb cleaner overnight and hoping for the best.


Remove the pin and float arm, then clamp a 3/4" thick board in your vice. Set the gauge down on the board, like a saddle, then unscrew the inner nut. I soaked mine with Kroil.
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Tom,

Thanks for your idea. I used a half inch wood dowel that just fit in between the gauge and that allowed it to be held tight. Then after 3 days of various soaking and liquid wrench I finally got it off.

So now, what type of sealant is recommended to put on the cork gaskets so they don't leak?


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I put them together dry, but be sure to use cork, and NOT the black one.
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Like Tom said none needed.
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make sure the brass slip washers are in place when you assemble.
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It helps if you put a little oil on the slip washers to keep the gauge from spinning when you tighten the nuts.
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