Speedo change - upgrade

Hello Everyone
I just got done with my fourth change to my "new" (well, new to me) camaro (Ahhh.. yes, the fun begin's :^)
I have been cruising eBay for the past few weeks
The first thing was that stupid power tailgate latch. The rear tailgate was not closing properly (water leak) and upon closer inspection I discovered that the motor has "lost" (sheared off) one of the mounts. There are three bolts that hold the motor on, and two of those bolts are rather close together. The farthest one was the one that sheared off and the motor could "rotate" which kept it from pulling the rear hatch down all the way. I tried to tighten the remaining two bolts (and bias the motor to what I thought was the correct position) but then the motor stripped out the drive screw when trying to close the door. A quick trip to a local junkyard and $45 (WOW they want a LOT of $$ for those things new) and a little R&R and I was all set.
The second thing was the gas struts that hold the rear hatch open were FUBAR, so they needed replacing. Off to Autozone and $54 later, I had a set, which was an easy install (once I found a pole that was the right length, that could hold open the rear hatch while I worked on it :^)
The third thing I changed was no big deal, just the door handles (I wanted them black to match the door opener, not the interior, which is gray) and I don't know why it didn't come that way, because it just "looks" better.
The forth thing, I just finished changing out the 85 mph speedo/idiot lights for the 100mph speedo w/gages and tach. This was a PITA (pain in the a**). It took me a little while to figure out how to get in there and get it all apart. Then it was dropping the fuse box to get my hand in to were the speedo cable was (to re-insert it) and dropping the steering column to get the clearance to get the "pod" in and out. I am happy to say that everything went back together (no left over screws/parts) and starting the car shows that the gages/tach are active.
Humm.. if you are still reading this and have not dozed off, I do need some help/advice. The Oil pressure gage is "pegged" at the high end of the scale and I did not let the car run long enough to see the temp gage rise (The Tach, Voltmeter, and Fuel gage seem to be correct).
Will I need to switch out the sending units for the Water Temp and Oil Pressure ?? Anything else I should watch out for (I know, I know.. its a fine time to ask that now :^)
Also, my next "adventure" is to fix the headliner, which has fallen down (currently held up with some staples in various locations). My plan is to remove it from the car, and use a spray adhesive, then a roller brush to push it into place. While the headliner is out, I would like to install the overhead console that I got off eBay. Has anyone ever installed an overhead console ?? Tip's and suggestions are most welcome.
NonFat 87 Camaro LT 90 Harley FXRT
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Take the board of the headliner out, have a trim shop do it, and you do the R&R back into the car. In this way, it's bound to stay up.
I paid $60 back in 1993 for my '80 T/A headliner (I did the R&R, they did the sticking of the material). Well worth it and still looks great.
You may have a bad sending unit and that is why the gauge is not working properly. Shouldn't be more than a few bucks at any auto parts store.
Did you switch just the speedo or the whole gauge cluster? As I recall there were 60lb and 80lb gauges in certain F bodies depending on the year and application.
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Bigjfig wrote:

Hello Joe
I was told of a collision shop that would do the headliner for me and after hearing what you said, I think that's what I will do (have them do the re-gluing).
Today I made a call to a friend and he said that I needed to change the temp and oil pressure senders. So I guess that's what I need to do next (maybe tomorrow :^)
I did replace the entire unit (the old 85 mph speedo and idiot lights to the new cluster => 110 mph and it has the 80 psi oil pressure gage in the gage pod).
What I really need to find is the GM service manual (and parts book too). The Chilton's and Hayes are ok, but I have a feeling that the factory books would be MUCH better.
Anyone out there have (or know) where I can get my hands on the official GM books for a 87 Camaro ?
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I had the 82-92 F body parts microfiche sets, Ebay took care of them. EVERY one sold like hotcakes. LOL. Interestingly enough, no one here ever asked me about them. LOL.
I only have 4th gen sets left, mostly from 1993 to 1996 on both the Chevy and Pontiac.
The parts books have been out of print for years, Ebay has some now and then.
As for the GM books, they show up on Ebay all the time or try the various vendors on Ebay and ask them directly.
I bought my 89 Cavalier book on Ebay and the guy had the one for the '84 Olds as well. Gave me a stellar deal on all of them, I was stoked.
I paid less for the Cavalier manual than a Chilton and it's the real deal :).
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