Half Price Junkyard Sale Yields $3.01 Fiat Tachometer For 20R Sprite Hell Project

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When I stopped by my local self-service yard to photograph the Crusher-bound '49 Ford on Friday, I discovered that I'd walked into Half Price Weekend. Might as well do some shopping!

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The usual crowds of grimly determined men were plucking engines from minivans, of course, but I wasn't interested in minivans.

Illustration for article titled Half Price Junkyard Sale Yields $3.01 Fiat Tachometer For 20R Sprite Hell Project

Now that I'm applying the lessons learned during Race Car Wiring Hell to my Personal Hell Project, I figured I could just rig up any old 4-cylinder junkyard tachometer in the scrap-aluminum dash I'm fabricating. I had this perfectly serviceable late-70s Volvo 240 unit that came with one of the free parts cars we obtained for the Black Metal V8olvo, but it's only about 3" in diameter and- well, let's face it, that Volvo emblem wasn't quite sporty enough for my sports car.

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As you can see from my under-construction wiring harness and fusebox, this project is all about image, because I am truly an image consultant at heart. So when I spotted a Fiat 124 Spider with a nice Veglia tach still in place, I grabbed it.

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On Half Price Day, you can score any tach in the yard for $3.01 out the door, including all the Rip-U-Off™ fees and taxes that magically appear during the transaction. When I saw the long line, I hesitated, but an Italian tachometer in a Japanese-engine-powered British car would be just so right that I decided to wait it out.

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I haven't tested my new find yet, but there's no way such a passionate, soulful gauge could refuse to function!

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I wish I had a junkyard in my area that still allows you to actually walk in and pull what you want. Virtually all of the ones within a two-hour radius of me don't allow you in! You have to tell them whatever you are sure you need, then you need to wait for them to stroll their lazy asses out there and pull it for you, for a nominal fee. Stupid liability bullcrap.