The fuel guage in my 66 Camper Special has stopped working. Guage is good
so it has to be the tank sender. I have no hope of finding a 66 Dodge
truck tank sender and wonder if anyone knows if something from something
else could fit. What got me thinking was running across a 60s vintage
International AWD truck in a local wrecking yard that also has the tank
behind the seat.
Don't assume that because the gauge is good the sender is the culprit, if
the tank isn't properly grounded a good sender won't function correctly.
If it is the sender, you might contact these folks, they reportedly can
rebuild/repair your sender.
Instrument Services Inc. 11765 Main St. Roscoe, IL 61073. 815-623-2993 Toll
That makes good sense. I rarely use the Dodge anymore. Probably drive it
less than a 1K miles a year. The last time I used it last summer the
guage just stopped working. Used the truck last week to move some
firewood and took the time to test the guage. The guage works when I
disconnected the wire at the sending unit and used a test light to
complete the circuit. I'll ground the tank and see if that helps. Really
need to get this guage working because I think I need to make a 1200 mile
run in the Dodge this summer. Thanks for the advice and replies.
It's also possible that the float (which operates the sender) has sunk to
the bottom of the tank. With the tank empty, remove the sender and fuel
pickup -- there should be a retainer ring & rubber gasket. If you can hear
liquid sloshing inside the float, that's the problem. Pinhole(s) in the
float can be sealed with solder -- because of the explosion hazard, DON'T
use a torch. Clean any leftover flux with alcohol.
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