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    Paul Kemp is offline Tyre Kicker
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    Fitting an Autometer mechanical oil temperature gauge to a small block Chevy 350

    Problem - 2 really. secret is out and Paul is fitting ( or trying to) the oil temp gauge, but there is nowhere to put the probe - only suggestion is in the sump but that seems potentially a vulnerable spot!
    Sandwich plates don't seem to have 1/2 inch or 3/8 inch npt outlets so that doesn't seem to be a possibilty.
    Autometer said they don't do much for small block Chevy - very prompt response ( good) but answer not helpful.
    Mocal don't seem to have any ideas - currently musing and may get back to us. But same response from other potential suppliers.
    Wanted all Autometer full sweep so they are all the same on the dash!!!! ( and it's what Ann bought me for Christmas!!)
    Any ideas, Chaps??!!
    Thanks, Paul Kemp ( and Ann Poole)

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    A little early for Santa

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    Aye up Lester mate, Not too early, Sorry about the pic, couldnt resist!
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    Sump is the best place for reading oil temp.
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    Mine's a mechanical, full sweep Smiths and mine is connected to the sump.
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    Hi Paul and Ann,
    I'd drill and tap the sump plug, unless of course it's on the bottom of the sump, or if you fancy a bit more work drop the sump and add a new boss to take the temp sender.
    I may be able to help with it if don't have anyone local with the tech to drill tap etc.
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    If you have an oil cooler fitted, Mocal make a housing that will accept the temp probe that will fit inline in the hose run out to the cooler (which should be equivalent to sump temp).

    Is how mine is plumbed. Only issue is that I have an oil stat in the take-off plate, and so I get no oil temp rreading until the 'stat opens, which is fine as it tells me the engine is warm enough for the red line to be available.
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    advice on installing oil sensor on Chevy 350

    might be worth having a look at this thread. I used this location for my oil pressure sender but guess it would work for an oil temp sender as well.

    my temp sender was in one of the mocal remote housings as well, with a seperate stat after the housing so it was constantly in flowing oil. worked fine although quite an expensive route and no good to you unless you have an oil cooler already fitted.
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    In my original chebby there was an NPT hole blanked off just above the oil filter which enters the oilway. Although the reading will be higher relative to a sensor in the sump it worked a treat.
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    I think I've got my oil pressure warning in that one and my oil pressure wet line in the one adjacent to the dizzy.
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