Easier Said Than Done

31 10 2012

I’ve got my new replica fuel gauge ready to plug in.  Originally, I was told by the seller that it would “simply reconnect the same way that the old one did.”  One small problem.  Old fuel gauge has 4 posts on the back.  Two that secure it to the gauge plate, one that receives power from the Constant Volt Regulator and one that receives information from the fuel sending unit.  Wow.  When you re-read that last part it really sounds like I know what I’m talking about.

New replica fuel gauge has 8 posts on the back.  Two that secure it to the gauge plate, one that is marked for ground, one that is marked 12V, one that isn’t marked at all, one marked T, one marked B and one that appears to be for a light bulb.

Also include in the purchase: no instructions.

So take me back to that “simply reconnect it the way the old one was” part.



Fuel Gauge – Part 4… or maybe 5.

24 10 2012

When I first started this blog, it was going to be all about Milwaukee food and my truck.  Two things that I love.  One year later, I look back and see that it’s really a blog about me trying to fix my $%&*@! fuel gauge.  The food blogging is practically non existent and the rest is just filler to waist my time in between fuel gauge fixes.

I hope that I’ll soon be bringing this chapter to an end.  But first, let’s recap:

  • Purchased the Scout – Gas Gauge didn’t work
  • Found a disconnected wire under the hood – reconnected it and everything started working
  • One week later – Gas Gauge stayed at 3/4 of a tank – all the time
  • Replaced the fuel sending unit – everything working again
  • One month later – Gas Gauge drops to E and stays there

I’m suspecting now that something was shorting out the fuel sending unit and/or the gauge.  I re ran all new wires, but still, no luck and my fuel gauge is totally unresponsive.  Recently I was informed of an odd battery test that I could do on the gauge to see if it is responding.  Basically wire your gauge up to a D cell battery and the needle should bounce a little.  Nope.

New replica gauge has been ordered.  I couldn’t find an affordable original.  Fingers crossed that this will do the trick and the new wiring will keep it all safe and working properly.  If not, please forward all my inbound messages to the NUT HOUSE.



18 10 2012

I pulled the dashboard off the Scout this past weekend.  Objectives are as follows:

  • Fix the Fuel Gauge (again)
  • Remove old Vacuum Wipers and install new Electric Wiper system

So far I’ve done none of these.  In running through a few simple tests to see if my new Fuel Gauge problem is just the result of a loose wire, I noticed that my ignition switch was spitting out sparks every time I started the truck.  Sparks are not good.  I mean, I’m sure sparks are supposed to be present in some locations of the engine… like in the spark plugs for example.  But not directly behind the instrument panel.  I think that could lead to problems.  So the hunt was on for a new ignition switch.  I used to have an extra ignition switch from the spare dashboard I bough from North Carolina.  I sold it on eBay a few months ago for 20 bucks.

Spare Ignition Switch

Well that was dumb.  A few quick searches and I found a matching replacement for only $150.  So that’s 150 bucks to fix something that I didn’t set out to fix.  Frustration set in, so I dug in hard to the intertubes.

As fate would have it, NAPA Auto still sells this same friggin switch for $19.


Napa Auto Parts – stop.  You had me at Nap.