Voltmeter shows either voltage on the battery or output of alternator depending on running state of the engine. A forum community dedicated to Ford Mustang owners and enthusiasts. But I was persuaded not to by members here who pointed out the drawbacks mentioned above. Topics: 39,154   I waited until the last minute to do it after staying up all night performing several other tasks getting my car ready for … Even when functional the ammeter is pretty useless and a real fire danger (all current going through a chincy $10 gauge)--most manufacturers worldwide abandoned the ammeter in the late 70's early 80's. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. JavaScript is disabled. check out the. The '66 ammeter circuit is completely different than for a '65. Thanks to everybody who has taken the time to answer. Unless you have a real '65 GT there is very little if any current going through your Mustang ammeter. You must log in or register to reply here. GT40 Tech - Fueling, Electrics, & Engine Cooling. Thanks for confirming my thoughts Bill. There are no results that meet this criteria. Decided the voltmeter was not only easier but gave the more relevant information. I fully agree about not wanting high currents behind the dash.
That is one reason it rarely works; the connections get dirty from lack of current and then NOTHING goes through it.

First, remove the three wires from the ammeter (brown and/or brown/white) and connect all three together with a GOOD connector - These wires carry ALL the current for your car! The reasons most cars don't have real ammeters is because the car companies, and the eventual buyers, are cheap skates. It usually does, but you need a microscope to see the needle movements. The '65 routed all the charging current to an inductive pickup ammeter. One alternative is a remote shunt. Maybe the auto manufacturers were not savvy enough to figure out this shunt type spoken of above. There maybe a thread on this but i could not find it. Posts: 486,492   http://www.britishv8.org/Triumph/AlbertGary.htm, If this is your first visit, be sure to And that is why the later cars have voltmeters instead, for safety. I know I won't use one and I have (had?)

I had an ammeter to go in my dash but was discouraged by the thought of a large cable going from the battery out the back though the cabin and up to the dash.

I would definitely second all of the notes the gents mentioned about using the voltmeter rather than an ammeter.
with A/C and headlights on, current draw will increase resulting in a higher drain on the alternator and resulting in engine out put shifting from turning the wheels to turning the alternator. If there is, just point to it for continued discussion. With a volt meter you will see the potential of the battery before the alternator starts charging and that it is charging after its on line. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. West Valley is changing the face of my "down sweep" Smiths voltmeter to look original and match the other gauges. And for '65 the only Mustangs using it were the GTs. A precise fraction of the current goes to the dash gauge. Ditto. Active Members: 522. If you are thinking that always having power means a fire hazard consider that your headlights use much more current through much larger wires and they are also always hot. I want to substitute a Voltmeter gauge for the dead Ammeter in my 1966 Fastback.

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