Hood Mounted Tach

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  1. super green dog

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    Does anyone know if Ford's Hood mounted Tach is compatible with a 1969 Ranchero GT w a 390? From what I can find - it was used on some Ford products from 1969-70, but maybe only designed for the Boss 302 - a higher revving engine... (understand I'll also have to noodle out how to connect/support power & engine speed info...) .

    INFO: Ford 1969 1970 Mustang Torino Cyclone Hood Mounted Tach Tachometer Boss 302

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  2. 5.0 Chero

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    they were also Dealer installed and available over the counter so technically yes it is correct for your 69 Gt 390 You have one? they are worth and bring some coin the last one I had brought me over $500 on ebay a few years ago
     
  3. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Fourth Gear GOLD MEMBER

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    red is power, black is ground, green is negative side of coil, white is for the light
     
  4. handy_andy_cv64

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    Yeah, if that actually works correctly, you should sell it, then use some of the funds to get a newer one for interior installation. I could not ever trust that to stay on the hood because of sticky-fingered moron theives.
     
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    Thanks - appreciate the input... Well - i don't have one yet, but have been looking.. And you guys are right - prices are $400-500'ish... While i do not have my mitts on the hood mounted tach - I do have an option on a 1968 in dash tach... (its black and the 69 is silver face - so will have to deal w that and the correct dash printed circuit . Plus - being tall - i can barely see the instrument cluster as is, so was thinking the hood mounted one might be a viable option... Part of the fun is watching the revs... So, am thinking how best to move forward...
     
  6. handy_andy_cv64

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    You can get an aftermarket dashtop-mounted one, which would put it in your view. If it weren't for how hard it is to see the gauges when we sit tall in the saddle, I'd likely have a late '60s to early '70s one.
     
  7. super green dog

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    ha - thanks Andy... once/after i get the dash re-worked (its cracked...) - it will pain me too much to punch holes in it...
     
  8. TestDummy

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    Does anyone really look at a tach anyway. My ears told me when to shift.
     
  9. pmrphil

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    I took the tach out of my Sprint and use a miniature shift light, velcro mounted to the column. Go to a show, just unplug it and tuck it in the glovebox. :cool:
     
  10. 1965 Ranchero 66G

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    I mentioned that to someone in here and all I got was an earful, you would have thought that I referred someone to Facebook.
     
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  11. TestDummy

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    Common sense isn't something many are gifted with. Violent behavior is, apparently.
     
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  12. 1965 Ranchero 66G

    1965 Ranchero 66G In Overdrive PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Ain't that the truth.
     
  13. ribald1

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    Guess you still haven't figured out what a tach is used for.
    Keep trying, you will get it sooner or later.
     
  14. 1965 Ranchero 66G

    1965 Ranchero 66G In Overdrive PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Some people need the visual, I prefer instinct.
     
  15. ribald1

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    My dog operates on that, so you will be fine.
    Carry on.
     
  16. super green dog

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    As always - appreciate the feedback... Honestly, all things being equal, who doesn't like or wouldn't want to have a Tach...
     
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  17. ribald1

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    Obviously, at least one person
     
  18. 1965 Ranchero 66G

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    I have nothing against tachs, I have many cars and trucks with tachs, great for reference and looks but I don't go lockeye on them or depend on one when to shift.
     
  19. ribald1

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    I'll accept that you are learning, so I won't repost what you said before.
    A shift light or alarm is better than a tach when racing.
     

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