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Old 10-04-2012, 11:48 PM
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I bought a used Stewart Warner mechanical oil pressure gauge to install in my truck. This is a step by step photo essay of the install.

The gauge:



Connecting the oil line to the gauge:




Had to fab a mounting bracket:



Gauge mounted in single pillar pod, plumbed and wired for lights:



Oil line connected to top port on oil filter housing:


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Flex line connected to copper tubing:




Cutoff valve and transition to plastic tubing near firewall for entrance to passenger compartment:



Hole marked and cut for tubing and wires in pillar cover:



Be sure to not cut supports on back side of cover:



Route of copper tube in engine campartment:



Gauge installed showing pressure with engine idling:



Wide view of install:



While I had the pillar cover off I fabricated some supports to beef up the plastic mounting posts. I did both sides of the front. While not as classy as the ones you can buy they do the job of making the grab handles MUCH sturdier:



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Pretty good job on complete install. Too bad you could not find a white faced gauge. Still looks good.
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I'm curious. Why the plastic tubing going to the interior? I've seen this stuff come apart (where copper wouldn't have) in an interior and make the worst mess you've ever seen.
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I'm curious. Why the plastic tubing going to the interior? I've seen this stuff come apart (where copper wouldn't have) in an interior and make the worst mess you've ever seen.

I used plastic on the inside because it is more felixible and easier to to install. I've never had any problems with plastic lines.
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Pretty good job on complete install. Too bad you could not find a white faced gauge. Still looks good.

That gauge is a classic!
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Obviously there is already an oil pressure gauge so do you do this to have finer granularity in the reading?
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Obviously there is already an oil pressure gauge so do you do this to have finer granularity in the reading?

granularity? there's no grain in my oil....lol

The stock Dodge oil pressure gauge is booogus....it's only a pressure switch that tells the computer when there is over 6psi of oil pressure.The computer then makes a false reading showing what the engineers thought people would want to see accorcing to engine speed and temperature.

The Cummins takes a couple of seconds to build oil pressure and when cold the pressure is much more than shown on the stock gauge. When the engine is warm at idle the stock gauge shows a false 40psi when it is really somewhere around 20!
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