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  • #7465
    wastegate
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    Thanks for the air cleaner replies, I’ll just keep my eyes peeled like walking the streets of Amsterdam looking out for dog shit.

    Now, after a PB blast and a soak I have the distributor free and smooth with no play. I couldn’t help notice the part number collar tag and the Tachometer drive. I know I’m the console there’s a useless economy/power gauge, but no proper jetfire instrument cluster. Since this barley predates the era of hood tachometers, the question on my mind is did the I/C on a jetfire also include a cable driven tachometer? Like a big ford Y block or early corvettes?

    All answers are appeiciated!

    #7466
    jensenracing77
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    i don’t think the tach was an option on the Jetfire but the others will have to say for sure. i think i am going to add a tach to my jetfire. i am so much of a purist that i hate to add one but at the same time i hate not having one. i think i will add a small one down low so that it is not seen very well from just looking in the car.

    #7467
    macf85
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    I have a 1963 Cutlass with 215 & 4 Speed manual trans and a console. This option came with a factory electric tachometer. To the best of my knowledge the Jetfire only came with the vacuum/economy gauge. The distributor with mechanical drive was probably changed by a previous owner. Or it may have been a dealer added option.

    #7470
    wastegate
    Member

    Anybody with a parts bible?

    The aluminum collar tag has the part number.

    I could write it now, but I’d rather talk to a jetfire guy because Moroso makes a centrifugal advance spring and weight kit, but I have one spring with less coils, and Moroso says this kit covers the whole BOP slew past 63 to like the V6 & the 300 cu/in….

    #7473
    62oldsf85
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    I run a small (2 and 1/4 inch) tach that I attached to my steering column. Wouldn’t do without it. There was a console tach (same size and fits exactly in the console like the turbo gauge) that was put in upper level Oldsmobiles in 62-63 (I’m fairly certain they went in Starfires in the floor shift console. ) If you don’t like your turbo gauge, you could swap it out for one of these tachs with no modifications whatsoever. I went the other way – I found a 4 speed console with a tach and swapped in the turbo gauge. Still have the tach if anyone is interested in it, though it would likely need to be rebuilt. It is beautiful, however, same look as the turbo gauge.

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