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I am getting close to installing gauges in my Malibu. The question is how good are the Autometer eletric gauges compared to the mechanical. I really don't want a oil capilary running into the dashboard unless the eletric ones are real junk. I could live with some delay, anything better than idiot lights.

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"Real men" use mechanical

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My 67 uses a mech oil, which at first sourt of freaked me out until I thought, hey, when I was a teenaged gearhead we always used mechanical. The only problem I ever had was not tightening the fitting on the gauage properly. Heck, the oil smelled better than that musty smell the carpet had anyway. I did put a Russell stainless sheath over the nylon line in my 67 though.
 

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I would go with mechanical, seem to be more accurate. However, if you are going to use mechanical oil pressure, get rid of the nylon hose and replace it with copper tubing. You can find the tubing at you local hardware store, or to be sure and get the right connectors and everything. If you look on page 144 of the Summit catalog, you can see copper as well as braided stainless on the page.
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Don't tell Harley I said this. (get my a$& whupped) Real 'old' men use mechanical. I would put up the aggravation of running those tubes around and through the firewall, especially the temp unit. Electric for me. Autometer gauges are pretty good stuff. tom
 

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hey hey heyheyhey,your makin me feel old now.
If I install electric gauges will I feel younger?Ill try anything.had a oil pressure gauge line break in my 68 gto,there I was walking around school with my feet all black.yea all my moterhead freinds callin me oil boy.also had a electric temp gauge fry.I mean cook!hell,they are both good.I must be old,I have stewart warner mech gauges,Now wait,is that a gray hair,man, I GOTTA GO!67rat member #199
 

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Back when I was a young punk kid, I used mechanical gauges. Worried about the nylon hose, I had braided line made up and found adapters to fit the back of the gauge.

Now that I'm older (or just plain old), I'm running the Autometer electrical gauges.

All kidding aside, as long as the gauges are from a reputable manufacturer, you should have no problem. As far as accuracy, think about how the pressure is marked on the gauge face. It's not in 5 psi steps!

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Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like the mechanical are the crowd favorite.
I may still go with the eletric, even though they are a few more bucks the oil gauge is $50.

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