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Old 16-12-2014, 13:40   #31
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Re: Instrument Pane - Time to ask the experts

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LekiM - I appreciate the offer... My problem isn't the skills or tools (I own a laser cutter and milling machine) to actually produce a panel, its the substrate to make it with...
It is better to use something that is dielectric and I would recommend to use 1/4 phenolic.
I re-did the panel that came with my Westerbeke engine. I used the gauges, wires, etc - and mounted on a piece of 1/4 inch phenolic sheet, which I bought as off-cut from Johnson Industrial Plastics. It worked great for many years, here and in the tropics.
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Here is the link for the Tach on Ebay if you want to replace yours... I've asked the seller if its possible to set the initial reading on the hours as I would like it to match the existing tach. I haven't heard back yet.

Electronic Tachometer RPM Meter Magnetic Pickup Hour Meter Programmable 85mm | eBay
You've probably thought of this already, but you can always leave the hour meter connected to a power source for a few days/weeks, set and alarm to remind you to turn it off, and you'll be back in synch. I suppose it depends how many hours you have, I'd have to leave mine on for 2 months to re-synch it.

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Old 16-12-2014, 16:35   #33
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You've probably thought of this already, but you can always leave the hour meter connected to a power source for a few days/weeks, set and alarm to remind you to turn it off, and you'll be back in synch. I suppose it depends how many hours you have, I'd have to leave mine on for 2 months to re-synch it.

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Why not use the aluminum! cut it to shape, holes etc. Then scuff it with scotch brite, and prime with zinc chromate, then paint your color. I redid a Chrysler out board hosing this way. Yrs. ago. Stripped all the old paint off, washed it with acetone, primed with chromate. I let it sit and dry inside for about a week! Then I wiped it with a clean rag, and painted the parts with Kryalon spray white. I sold the boat 10 yrs. later and the paint still looked like it was just done! This motor was used strictly in salt water, and was never covered. When I scuffed the skeg in the sand, it went down to bar metal, but the paint never pealed or blistered, at the edges of the exposed metal!
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I bought one of these.... great start and includes wiring and sensors.....
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Old 17-12-2014, 18:28   #36
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Thanks I appreciate it.. Unfortunately I have the deluxe panel and that one won't cover the hole. I think it would be more work to glass the existing hole and install that panel than to build a panel.

Not to mention that is for yanmar

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