Introduction: Amp Up Your VW Bug Speedometer

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This instructable goes through the process of augmenting a 68 VW Bug Speedometer to have an amp guage. Useful if you've converted your bug to an EV.

Step 1: Remove Speedometer

Remove the speedometer.

This is usualy held in by 2 screws at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock postions.

Makes sure to label all of the wires and light locations before removal.

Disconncect the speedometer cable. Pretty much like most screw-on type.

Step 2: Cover Lens

Remove the cover lens.

This is a bit tricky but best accomplished by using a small flat blade screwdriver. The lens cover ring holds the glass to the speedometer much like the cap of a beer bottle. If your proficient with beer then you know you can remove the cap without distorting it so that you can put it back on. I'm not sure whey anyone would want to put it back on but whatever.

Start at the screw flanges, there is a break in the ring at these two locations so you can start to pry it off here.

Step 3: Remove Mechanical Gear Box

The gear box is held on by two screws. But if yours is like mine some lonely German engineer spent a whole lot of time making sure there is no room for it to move around much.

This step could actualy be skipped if you like working in tight places but since its not that big of an effort go ahead and take it off so you can lubricate the mechanism.

Step 4: Remove Fule Guage If Needed.

Oh yeah, this is for those models that don't have a fuel guage in the speedometer. You'll find a cavity for housing your amp guage where the fuel guage used to be.

Step 5: Create Mounting Plate

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The mounting plate is cut from some very thing guage sheet metal. First cut a 3 x 5 inch piece of paper and press it against the fuel guage cavity on the back of the speedometer. This will give you a template for cutting out the mounting plate.

Once you've cut it out you can modify it to get the proper positioning of the amp guage.

Screw the amp guage to the new moutning plate and screw the plate in place where the fuel guage used to be.

Comments

lemonie (author)2009-08-18

You need images for all the steps (else the robot is likely to complain. Can you add what the amp gauge does and how it's wired in? I assume it's reading current through a motor, but a large part of this is how you connect it. L

golddigger1559 (author)lemonie2010-03-11

 do not anger the great robot god....he will smite you with his heat vision, then recycle your remains for fertilizer X p

Rainh2o (author)2010-01-15

Amp gauges on cars read total amps pulled from battery, usually wired in series with the battery

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