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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 04-19-2001 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need to put a tach in my '70 Mach I. The car originally had a hood tach, but the previous owner removed it when he had the car painted. (He said he didn't like how it broke the lines of the car.) He had purchased a VDO tach, but never installed it. Luckily, he kept the original hood tach.
My question to you is - what would you do? Install the hood tach or strap an aftermarket tach on the steering column? The hood tach is in pretty good condition. The plastic housing is just a little worn. This car isn't concourse, and I'm not trying to make it that way. There *is* something nostalgic about the hood tach.

What do you think? You can look at my car at the address below.

Harley

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Harley D. Huggins II
Laguna Niguel, CA
1970 Mach I
1998 GT Convertible
http://www.geocities.com/hh_machi/

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The Iceman
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From: Shelton, CT
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 04-19-2001 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hmm personally, the only reason I can think of having a hood tach is if you are so inendated with guages that you NEED to put it outside haha
but it is really up to YOU, i DO agree with you that it would give the nostalgic, classic musclecar era look to it
your choice! have a good one

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SundanceKid
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posted 04-20-2001 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blah....hood tachs! IMHO

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine Toys: '70 Mustang Mach 1 - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150
Registered: May 99

posted 04-20-2001 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
***Opinion***

I can't stand the looks of hood tachs on '69-'70 Mustangs. If the Mach 1 I'm looking for has one, it will be the first thing to come off, and I'd factor the cost into my offer.

If you don't want the hassle of installing a dash tach, mount the VDO on the column.

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'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
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posted 04-20-2001 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the opinions. As I said, I have mixed feelings about it. I'm really leaning towards the VDO.

Harley

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Harley D. Huggins II
Laguna Niguel, CA
1970 Mach I
1998 GT Convertible
www.geocities.com/hh_machi/

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-20-2001 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The advantage of the VDO is is that if you don't like it later, you can just remove it.

With the hood tach, you'll need to toss the hood.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'97 Probe GTS 2.5L Disposable Commuter
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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
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posted 04-20-2001 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point! I'm thinking of switching the car to a shaker-hood, which would require a new hood anyway. I don't like the idea of trashing the new hood to find out I don't like the hood tach.

Harley

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Harley D. Huggins II
Laguna Niguel, CA

1970 Mach I
1998 GT Convertible
www.geocities.com/hh_machi/

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JAAZZY
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posted 04-21-2001 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I've never liked hood tachs on any car. I believe you could also modify you instrument bezel to accept one. I just mounted mine on the steering column.

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mustangs68
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From: Hampton,Virginia,USA 1968 Fastback & 1995 Vert MCA#39406 M&M #12
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posted 04-21-2001 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STUPID QUESTION

But these hood tachs weren't optional were they..

Only Gm was dumb enough to put a tach in the elements.
sam

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Troy
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posted 04-21-2001 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Troy   Click Here to Email Troy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harley,

If you don't want that nasty old hood tach, I'll take it off your hands

Like it or not, that tach would probably fetch you some $$$ since it is a highly sought after option (so I've been told).

Here's a picture of what we are talking about:

Tom's

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Troy Esrey
1970 Mach 1 351C 4V
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HHuggins
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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
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posted 04-24-2001 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know, that is funny - some people tell me I'm lucky to have it, others tell me how much they can't stand them. I guess I'll hold on to it .

Harley

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Harley D. Huggins II
Laguna Niguel, CA

1970 Mach I
1998 GT Convertible
www.geocities.com/hh_machi/

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SUBMARINER MUSTANGER
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From: Grandview, Missouri
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posted 04-25-2001 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SUBMARINER MUSTANGER   Click Here to Email SUBMARINER MUSTANGER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a hood tach on my '69 Mach, and I believe it gives it a 60's era musclecar look. As far as it being an option, Yes Sir, they were dealer installed options on Mustangs, Cougars, and Torinos. Bob Perkins printed a VERY detailed article in the January 1995 Mustang Monthly about ALL factory AND dealer optioned tachometers, the hood tach being the rarest and hardest to find now-a-days. Troy is exactly right about it being worth some money!! I sold one on Ebay (a repro) a year or so ago for $175. I bought it at Charlotte in 1995 for $40. At one time I had three, one I sold, one I traded, and the last one I installed on my Mach 1. The repros to my knowledge are not being made anymore, and if you've got an original, better hang on to it!!!!! They are a hot item right now!!!

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1994 Arrest Me Red
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Troy
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posted 04-26-2001 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Troy   Click Here to Email Troy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey craig,

I figured this topic would get you to "surface"

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Troy Esrey
1970 Mach 1 351C 4V
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[This message has been edited by Troy (edited 04-26-2001).]

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SUBMARINER MUSTANGER
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posted 04-26-2001 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SUBMARINER MUSTANGER   Click Here to Email SUBMARINER MUSTANGER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I surfaced, but luckily I didn't "hit" anything on the way up!! Troy, check your email.

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1994 Arrest Me Red
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