Hello from the UK

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  1. jonnie

    jonnie In Second Gear

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    Hi I’m in the UK & just scratched an itch & bought myself a ‘65 V8
    It’s all good & roadworthy, there are a few things to do but nothing major. it is a fresh import to the UK & has motorsport bits all over the engine and a race demon carb ... it has a wicked throttle response!
    There’s a blanking plug where the oil pressure switch should be and I need to sort this, does anyone know the thread size for this?
    thanks in advance for any help,
    Jon
     

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  2. 72GTVA

    72GTVA Administrator Staff Member

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    I believe it is 1/8" NPT. Does it have an oil pressure gauge plugged in somewhere else?
     
  3. jonnie

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    Thanks for the reply, no it doesn’t! It has an aftermarket gauge under the dash and a wire hanging where I presume the switch should be!
     
  4. 72GTVA

    72GTVA Administrator Staff Member

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    Typical aftermarket oil pressure gauges are a tube type, a long copper or plastic tube with compression fittings either end to connect such as the one in this link:

    https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-SP0F00...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00UZ9HEJ6

    (Not recommending the item in the link, just providing an example. I would imagine this would be common pretty much world wide)...

    Are you certain it is a wire or just a hollow plastic tube?
     
  5. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    The problem with a pressure-tube type is whether it has a nylon, copper or steel tube. You DO NOT want nylon. But, if yours is an electric sender type, all the better, as you don't risk oil leaks inside. Not fun to clean up, I'm telling you. And if you can source an extender that screws into the block, and the sender screws into it, all the better. I'll see about getting a pic of it, if I have one on my laptop.
     
  6. jonnie

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    Thank you for the replies, I borrowed a pressure testing kit today & found the right thread & that the pressure is good.
    It’s an electric gauge & I think we have a sensor that will fit with the right adaptor.
    The whole dash is wrong with wood trim & a pressure gauge but I intend to change all this & try to put most of it back to original.
     
  7. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    If there was a factory gauge package for those, it'll be an electric one. I find it interesting that, for the majority of new members, the rigs they bring to the table center around my birth year, 1965.
     
  8. plumcolr

    plumcolr In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    I put a "t" fitting on mine, with the idiot lite sender on one leg and a good electric gauge type sender on the other. Liked the idea of the idiot light if I was not paying attention to the gauge.
     
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  9. jonnie

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    I have a pressure sensor with two connections, one for the gauge and one for a light, now I know the thread size I can get an adaptor and get it fitted.
    With regard to the ‘65 model, I considered a ‘62,a 66 & 69 but I just love the shape of the ‘65.! Also the one I bought has never been welded and has no rot, I just have to seal it all up fairly soon to protect it from our lovely English weather!!
     
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    plumcolr In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Weather with which you have been getting well and truly hammered lately, from what I've read.
     
  11. jonnie

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    Rain, rain & more rain with a bit of wind thrown in for good measure.!
    I just want to get the underneath of the truck sealed up to stop corrosion before it starts.! I think I’m going to use colour coded raptor as it seems to be fairly tough.
     
  12. neil brown

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    Hi Jon,truck looks nice in your very small pic, got any more?
     
  13. jonnie

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    B4BB5027-FABD-4F84-A891-FF13838ED957.jpeg hi Neil,
    Good to hear from another UK owner, do you have any trouble getting parts? If you know of any good UK suppliers it would be handy to know. I think I may have to rebuild mu steering box at some point!
    as for pictures, I don’t have many more but here’s one..
    cheers,
    Jon
     
  14. neil brown

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    That looks very nice Jon, if you dont mind me asking, how much was it?
    I now buy all my parts for my truck from Rockauto in the states, 3 day delivery, to your door, customs paid, and usually far cheaper than anyone in the UK. Amogst the parts ive bought was a petrol pump that turned out to be faulty. I contacted them via their 'return parts' link, replacemnet pump in 3 days, no questions, and I didnt have to return the faulty one.
     
  15. jonnie

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    Thank you, I’m pleased with it so far. Thanks for the info, I’ll look them up.
     
  16. PonyExpressRider

    PonyExpressRider In Maximum Overdrive

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    Nice Car... welcome to the blog
     
  17. Saff54

    Saff54 In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    Welcome!
     
  18. uk ranchero

    uk ranchero In Second Gear

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    i get nearly all my stuff from the USA usually cheaper and quicker just double check you order the right bit.
     
  19. jonnie

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    Thank you for all the replies & info.
    I've ordered some new shocks from Rock auto, great price & they should be here tomorrow.!
    My truck had a small wood rimmed steering wheel which I’ve changed for a proper one. It has also had a wood trim put on the dash & non original dials. I have an instrument cluster &want to change the wood to original trim, maybe I need to advertise in the wanted section here?
    I’d prefer second hand as I feel it would look better on my dash.
     

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