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Old 04-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have what I think is a repop ammeter that is not working properly. It is at 3 amps plus when the car is off and goes to 18 when I am running the car then when I shut the car off it is at 10 til I tap it and goes back to about 3plus. Are these difficult to repair?
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Easier to replace. Use an original if you can find one (I've been looking for over a year without success).
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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A drop of oil on each of the 2 pivot points helps, and you can bend the needle over to center quite easily, but as Ray mentioned, an original is better quality and fit. Original ammeters have black paint on the brass internals, which the repro's I've seen don't. Also repro's use hex nuts on the back and originals use special slotted nuts, like those on the slant pole coils.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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DISCONNECT the battery before you pull the inst panel to investigate. FWIW
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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Easier to replace. Use an original if you can find one (I've been looking for over a year without success).

I was fortunate to find one on ebay a couple weeks ago that Dick Crabtree had listed. It works great. Originals do pop up. I search "model a ford ammeter" on a regular basis.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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get an original... will work much better they're out there........
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:55 PM   #7
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If you weren't worried so much about an original look, why not use a quality off the shelf ammeter that will fit the same opening?
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Old 01-20-2021, 02:49 PM   #8
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If you weren't worried so much about an original look, why not use a quality off the shelf ammeter that will fit the same opening?
Can't say I have ever seen "a quality off the shelf ammeter that will fit the same opening"... If you know of one, please let us know.
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Old 01-20-2021, 05:28 PM   #9
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Can't say I have ever seen "a quality off the shelf ammeter that will fit the same opening"... If you know of one, please let us know.
Ha. Will do.
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Old 01-20-2021, 07:15 PM   #10
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I have restored original ammeters for sale. $55 to $65 each. 904-731-0367. Call mornings, 9am to noon. Thank you. Dale Gosa.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:49 AM   #11
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I bought a couple at Carlisle this fall and they were repos from possibly the 1960s?


very good quality.
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