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3/10/14 5:11pm - Original Message: 'Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
KSNBRUCIE
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Howdy Everyone,
 
New member here with a 1975 Stingray. Not the most horses but it is still a Vette and the year I graduated from High School and joined the U.S. Navy. It is my 2nd C-3 and 6th Vette I have owned. Anyway, I bought it a month or so ago. I was told it had the original engine(confirmed) and 74k miles. I was also told the the Tach and clock do not work....Come to find out NONE of the gauges work. Even the gas gauge. Now after I bought a Service Manual, I found out they all have the same grounding point. Anyone know where that is, and is that a common issue?? I think it is behind the gauges and I tried to take off the bezel, but there are 2 studs coming out the bottom of the bezel, with nuts on them...Which I can't seem to get to. Is there a special tool or a contorstionist I can hire to get to the nuts ?? I only looked at the from the drivers side and it is not gonna be fun. I haven't tried the passengers side ...yet. So, that's where I am at. I don't mind some of the gauges not working, but I'd like to get the gas gauge working. There is a troubleshooting procedure for the gas gauge, but since they all are not working, I figure it is a common problem, with all the gauges in the cluster. Any help would be appreciated.


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3/10/14 10:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Check the ground at the blower motor....the ground for the instruments/gauges piggy-backs from the blower motor ground. The black wire from the blower motor should be  attached to the backside of the gauge cluster.
I can e-mail you the wiring diagram, if you would like. Or you can view or download any of the '68-'82 Corvette wiring diagrams from my web page. Wink


Of course, I'm sure you have already checked all the fuses? Does the blower motor work?

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3/11/14 12:12am - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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I just installed my vert gauge cluster last sat. There is a silver lining, you don't have to completely remove the nuts on those 2 studs that attach it to the front of the center console. Just loosen them. The mount tabs on the console are open ended not holes. You can get a view of the nuts even with a stereo in there once you cram you head into the right spot on the floor. I used a couple of 3/8" box wrenches. One very slim with a 90 degree head....my dad calls them distributor wrenches. But I also was able to get a 1/4" drive socket on it....enough to loosen and spun it down with my finger after. But don't take the nut off!
The bad news...once its loose and you removed the side screws and wiper bezel at the top you now need to remove the e-brake housing (easy, 4 screws), and then the center console screws, which there are 2 up front under those removable side flaps. I think you can then pull the console back releasing the gauge bezel from the front of the console where those little studs are. I don't think you will need to pull the console top plate but I installed that over a month ago and can't recall if there were a couple of anchors under there or not. Do all the rest and give it a yank...you'll know. You only need to pull it reward less than half an inch to release those studs. Have fun!
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3/11/14 10:02am - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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Joel,


Thanks for the reply. The blower motor works and I checked the fuses. I have a 1974 Service Manual with the 1975 Supplement, so I have the wiring diagrams. I wanted to know where the actual physical location of the grounding to the chassis was, to check continuity. They are pink wires, according to the diagram. I just have a feeling they got lifted or corroded and need to be re-landed. Thanks again


Bruce

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3/11/14 10:07am - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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Dave,


Vette looks SWEET. Merry Christmas !!! Thanks for the lowdown on how to remove the Gauge bezel. As they say "Love will find a way"


Bruce



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3/11/14 12:07pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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 Shocked  PINK grounds?!?
Unless you have a car made in Australia or something(LOL), the PINK wires on the diagrams are POWER from the fuse(image 1). Pinks, or reds, are always power circuits, with Pink normally a control circuit.
Check the following sections of the wiring diagram....all of the pinks coming from the cluster come from the fuse box. You'll see the cluster ground terminating at the lower right of the diagram.
There should be a ground also right under the shift console, just rearward of the gauge cluster. It will be screwed into the metal bracket/support for the shifter/gauge console. I'll see if I can find a decent pic....don't hold yer breath tho....LOL

       
btw...that diagram is one I made from the two pages, and just kinda spliced them together, but the PINK circuit is correct....Thumbs Up
We try to stay away from posting LARGE images here, so I had to improvise.

Well...this is the best pic I can find  right now, but it should give you an idea of where to look. Hopefully your car is not as torn up as this one is! I was putting insulation in it at the time.




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3/11/14 1:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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3/11/14 2:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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Thanks(again!) Bob. The #3 ground(far right of the 3 circled) in that diagram is the one on the lower right corner of the diagram I posted. It is to the left of the speedo/tach cluster, below the headlight switch, screwed into the cage metal. Big smile

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3/11/14 2:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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Just adding my 2 cents of experience...Check ground continuity from the bird cage to the frame as well. I had this problem while restoring my car. There is a ground wire from the bird cage to the frame just behind the driver's side front wheel that can get messed up with road grime.  Good Luck!

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3/12/14 8:22am - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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Hello again !!


Thanks to all you guys for the help. When I looked at my Service Manual, the Pink wires looked to be all going to one point. So I assumed it was a ground. I thought it was kinda weird, but what do I know. Anyway, I can't wait to take apart the interior of the Vette to see what fun stuff I have going on behind the plastic. HA !! Thanks again and I'll keep ya posted. I need a good stock AM/FM radio. Anybody have one for a '75 ?? My Vette was a base model. No A/C, No power windows, 4 speed standard, so I don't need the fanciest radio that was available. I have an old Kenwood AM/FM cassette in now. Thanks !!


Bruce

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3/12/14 12:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Gauge Grounding Point for 1975'
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 Wiring diagrams can be confusing...don't feel bad. It takes time to be able to read them without goin stark-ravin NUTZ!
Good luck on your project, and remember....no matter what you find, or what problem you might run into chances are someone here has already btdt. We're here to help best we can. Thumbs Up


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