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Old June 28th, 2013, 09:21 PM
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Oil level gauge for a Fairey Overdrive

Before I install the overdrive, I'd like to tap it with a sender that flashed a light on my dash if it needs oil.
Has anyone done this?
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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Be sure to wire it so the light is on in the "on" position. Would suck to be relying on a light that is burned out. Or, at the least, use a light that has a test function, like the SIII brake warning light setup. Then you can at least manually test it, provided you remember to.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Thanks - that seems like a good way to go.
Now, if I could just figure out how to do it - i.e. what type of sensor?
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Another thought

Depending on how you do this you may have issues cdb. What you propose could only be active when not running the gearbox. In motion the oil is no longer pooled at the bottom but in motion everywhere from gear and shaft action. What I had thought about was a plastic sight tube......vertical and using banjo fittings tie to drain and fill plug holes. Then when stopped I would have a visual indication on sight tube. In the end it is best to check it often.
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Thanks Wayne....

Yes, I figured that it would be like the Porsche 911 which reads the oil level before you start it.
I like your sight tube idea, but how would you be able to see it without pulling the center seat and metal plate?
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