hi everyone!i have a '69 caprice 2-door coupe with 78000 original miles and i'm here for advice and knowledge from like-minded enthuseists.oil pump just let go at 70 mph and the idiot light had burned out.i'll be in the engine section for a while.look forward to talking to everyone.
thanks larry.that has got to the worst feeling in the world.one moment if cruising down rt 2 in mass headed towards concord with my girl sleepn on my lap,and the next,click,click,boom!and the engine dies...at 7 pm.thank god for local gearheads!towed with inside storage for 3 days for only 75 bucks!
Gauges are only worthwhile if you have trained yourself to look at them constantly while driving (it also helps to orient a full 270 degree sweep gauge so that normal is straight up; instead of how most people install them so you can read who made the gauge).
In addition to my full compliment of Autometer Pro Comp 2-5/8th inch mechanical gauges I installed a Holley 5 psi oil pressure switch that will ground out the ignition should oil pressure ever fall below that point. The normal back feed wire from the starter has power from the start position of the ignition key to feed the HEI distributor until the motor builds oil pressure when cranking.
This way should I be distracted by everyone elses driving while attempting to avoid the junk in the road that rips off your oil pan it will still save the motor (and let's be honest; no one ever checks gauges as frequently as they should while cruising mile after trouble free mile).