Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

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Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by works4food » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:01 pm

The Fuel gauge has "Temp" and "Oil" indicators on the bottom and left, respectively, but what is the other light on the right side? And what is the "Oil" indicator indicating? Pressure, level? I attatched a pic.
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by ICON 1961 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:43 pm

When I had my 61 i remember the right side light is for the generator...It would flash if the generator would be low on power.
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by VTTBird » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:26 pm

The light on the right is, in fact, a generator charge indicator light. This light flashes on if the battery is discharging and the generator is not supplying current. Similarly the oil pressure light, on the left, flashes on when the oil pressure is below a safe value. Both lights can be tested by turning the key to the "on" position with the engine NOT running. Both lights should light when this is done, and both lights should go out when the engine is started.
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by RAVEN » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:56 pm

Do you have an Owners Manual for the car? All the operations and how they work are explained in that handy little book. One very important bit of information is the position of the gear selector lever and how the car operates in Drive. These functions are all explained clearly in the Manual. Many have had Transmission problems due to not reading or understanding its operational functions.
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by ICON 1961 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:58 pm

I strongly agree with Raven, You need the owner's manual did you have one that came with the car?, If not you can buy from Jim Osborn reproductions. www.osborn-reproduction.com ph 770 962 7556
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by GeoffInCarlsbad » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:09 pm

Yep, it is GEN and get a manual. I agree that if you don't have a Shop Manual, you should have one, along with Steve Christ's "How to Rebuild a BIG BLOCK FORD ENGINE".
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Re: Lights indicators on the Fuel Gauge.

Post by RAVEN » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:20 pm

Take note guys, if memory serves, both the oil pressure and gen lights would flash and also stay fully lit depending on conditions. Example, with the oil light, in a rapid decell condition the light would flicker for a few seconds and if an extended period of low oil pressure occurred it would stay lit telling you to SHUT THE MOTOR OFF
In regard to the gen light, at idle if an over load occurred, it would flicker, telling you it had a higher draw than what it could satisfy, but if the gen failed totally it would glow steady telling you, you had a problem no matter what speed you went at.

I highly recommend that anyone who owns one of these 50 year old wonders should retain an Owners Manual, a Shop Manual, plus any Osborne catalogues at will satisfy the levels of information required to maintain, repair, or even drive a car of this level. The number of guys who use to fix these Birds are slowly leaving this world and we have to fend for ourselves.
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