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Hello all,

Our 83 FC lacks transmission and turbo temperature gauges not to mention the overhead genny stuff too. I suspect this is the case on coaches built prior to 84? How did they manage without them for 20 years?

I am wondering if it is worth the bother to install some. From what I read in these threads, it sounds like tranny temp is a good one to have.

I notice some after-market products that are standard sizes for existing dash openings and some offer dual function. In other words, one physical gauge actually has two functions and gives readings for each.

Do any of you have experience with these dual function units and would you recommend them? If I do decide to install additional gauge(s), I would like to avoid mounting another thing along side the existing panel.

The possible exception to this might be a multi-function digital panel that could track temp, pressure, fuel etc. I know nothing about these, but off the top they sound expensive and involved.

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Bill,

On the later models with the ZF trans retarder, the temp gage is really important, Also the turbo temp is good, The gennie needs atleat oil and temp gage, Lots more gages is always better
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Bill,
I know the tranny temp is a good guage to have. I see mine climb rapidly on hills when it drops out of lockout. I kick in the engine fan manualy when it gets high. Thet seems to help a little. My fan doesn't kick in automaticaly till 200 degrees. I would like to change the switch to 190 or 195.
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Gardner,

I don't know how of if you can adjust it, but my Horton Fan kicks in at 190 every time.

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Bill,
I think it is a fixed temperature switch, I just need to get the right one.

As far as your guages, I think a multi function system would be great. If you could set warning levels for the various measurements it would be awsome. But I doubt it would be cheap since most of the FC systems are not compatible with modern technology.
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Bill,
I know the tranny temp is a good guage to have. I see mine climb rapidly on hills when it drops out of lockout. I kick in the engine fan manualy when it gets high. Thet seems to help a little. My fan doesn't kick in automaticaly till 200 degrees. I would like to change the switch to 190 or 195.
Our auto fan is set at 190, flip the manual switch , I would change it.
These gages could be off by 5 % , 10% would not surprise me.
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Bill,
I think it is a fixed temperature switch, I just need to get the right one.
Here is a thread with pictures of the location of the Horton fan Themoswitch which is a fixed temperature switch, mine come on by the gauge at around 200 degrees, I don't put complete trust in the analog gauges for accuracy and I have installed an override switch also that really comes in handy, to get a head start on potential overheating situations. I can't remembr what the temperature is, but I believe it is what came from the factory, because I got the part number from Benny and then ordered it from BB Parts the same day i was there.

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Your Horton fans should come on about 10 degrees over the thermostat temperature. So if you have a 190 degree thermostat which most Cat 3208s should have, the Horton fan should come on at 200 degrees.

For those forum members that would like a set of gauges that will monitor their tranny temperatures etc I would advise you to buy the digipanel which costs $210 and will monitor your tranny temps, engine oil temp, battery voltage etc and not only reads out but also has an alarm you can set and will give you an audible alarm when the set point is met. You can add it to your coach in about 2 hours. They can be obtained at Applied GMC in Freemont California. Jim Kanamota is afriend of mine and I have agreed to see if I can get a group buy at a lower price on the Wanderlodge.us forum. I will do the same here.
http://www.appliedgmc.com/level.itml/icOid/451
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I am not sure what brand the fan clutch is. I have the invoice from the PO where the shop installed a new air operated fan clutch and fan. The invoice only says 'fan hub parts $1707.40, and fan blade $137.36. I assume the temperature switch is not specific to the clutch brand, so I just need to find it and replace it.
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nice unit Tom, and the price is good too.
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