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73-79 ford gauge swap

Hey guys,
I have looked all over the forum and I know I remember seeing someone swapping out their 48-50 gauge set for one from a 73-79 pickup.

Anyone have the link still?

Thanks!
 
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I can anticipate your question beforehand...
I bought an instrument cluster from a (pick one) 1975/79 F100/350, 1975/80 Econoline, 1978/79 Bronco and the composition cluster back TURNED TO DUST before my very eyes!

Oh woe is me, how can I fix it?
Get a cluster from a 1981/91 Econoline and you won't have this problemo.
 
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Speedo isn't from any 1973/79 F100/350 (or the other piles I mentioned in post 2). The highest MPH speedo was 100, and only 1973/76. 1977 and etc was 80 MPH
 
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Speedo isn't from any 1973/79 F100/350 (or the other piles I mentioned in post 2). The highest MPH speedo was 100, and only 1973/76. 1977 and etc was 80 MPH
So 70mph isn't fast enough?
TJ I think you need to talk to Dale! He knows where those faster speedo's are!
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/m...0&ref=gnr-next
 
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I did this swap years ago. Unfortantely did not take good pictures of the process. PM me if you would like and I could send over pictures I have. I posted a picture of my cluster in my gallery.

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Originally Posted by Jeff Olsen View Post
I did this swap years ago. Unfortantely did not take good pictures of the process. PM me if you would like and I could send over pictures I have. I posted a picture of my cluster in my gallery.

Jeff
Thanks Jeff! This is exactly what I was looking for and have saved the link. What did you use for your sender to match up with the gas gauge? Did you do the Mustang tank swap? I was thinking about taking the housing and guts from a 68 Mustang gas gauge in order to match it up with the Mustang sender in my 16 gallon tank.
 
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Thanks Jeff, this one helps out too. Appreciate your help.
 
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Surprising how many of these gauges interchange.......
I recently installed 61-64 pickup gauges in a '50 Ford car cluster. Drop in deal after swapping the mount plates. Was able to find some NOS gauges on ebay, now just need a speedo.
Searching around the net, it looks like Mustang and Torino gauges are also real similar to the old truck style....and those are everywhere.
If you use the truck gas gauge, you can probably use the matching truck sender the tanks are similar. The mustang sender may also work with it...
 
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I have placed a mustang gas tank in the rear of the truck, but have not worked on the sending unit issue yet as I am not driving the truck yet. Hopefully get to that this summer.
 
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could be me

It just could have been (me a long time ago posting that). I carefully use
gauges from any F series 73 & up also Cabovers they are all KingSeallys
and just switched the face plates except the ampmeter which doesnt
care. But I used the senders for the new gauges. They work perfect
as I speak the only telltale is the temp gauge now will point to cold when
the key is off. Also they do sell the 48-50 gauge decals. Now for the
speedometer, we simply spliced the cable for the 73-79 from the 48-50
just make the splice were there is no bends then swap face plates.
 
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Originally Posted by tinman52 View Post
Surprising how many of these gauges interchange.......
I recently installed 61-64 pickup gauges in a '50 Ford car cluster. Drop in deal after swapping the mount plates. Was able to find some NOS gauges on ebay, now just need a speedo.
Round speedo: 1961/66 F100/750 (except 1965/66 F100/250 2WD Custom Cabs) / 1963/69 N/NT/T500/1100 / 1967/69 F800/1000.

Similar round speedo, but with a slightly different face: 1966/77 Bronco's.
 
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Round speedo: 1961/66 F100/750 (except 1965/66 F100/250 2WD Custom Cabs) / 1963/69 N/NT/T500/1100 / 1967/69 F800/1000.

Similar round speedo, but with a slightly different face: 1966/77 Bronco's.
Bill, thanks for that....but what I need is a speedo for a '49-'50 Ford car cluster I am rebuilding. Sorry, don't mean to hijack...
 
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Does the ammeter need to be swapped or does the original work with the 12 volt system. The rest of my guages are out of a 90's bronco but I wasn't sure about the ammeter.
 
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The ammeter does not need to change. It works via magnetic field strength. If it happens to read backwards (shows charge when headlights go on..) then simply route the wire through the loop in the opposite direction.
 

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