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This is for a '71 Super Beetle, 1600 dual port....

I was wanting to ask you who have so much more knowledge than I, what is the best way to add gauges for oil pressure and temperature. I have spoken with some who say to replace the "light" with the gauge and others who have said you have to put something into the engine so as to measure temperature.
When I looked at gauges, it indicated a sensor but didn't show anything to insert into the engine itself.

And while we are at it, is this an easy add after the engine has been put back into the car?

Thanks in advance.

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You have to replace your single wire pressure switch to a 2 wire switch and run wires up to the dash with a new gauge, the temperature sensor will probably go in the bottom of your engine at your drain plug, you also have to run a wire up to the dash for the new gauge, you will also have to run power to the new gauges and lights if you want to see them at night, now if you have a sump cooler like I have you wont get a reading on the temp gauge, the 5 quarts of oil does not get hot enough. 

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Thanks, Bob. That is the information that I am finding thus far except the info on the sump. I don't have one, yet. (and I don't have the engine put in just yet either)
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I forgot to add, on my 1974 Super Beetle, I kept the dash original but I replaced my oil pump with an Empi high volume oil pump, it is a larger pump you have to remove the pulley and put larger studs in and make sure it doesn't push the back of the pulley pan into the pulley and then I put a magnetic drain plug in the bottom of my engine to pick up any metal fragments, I also changed my oil to 20W-50, so far after 12 years and 80 thousand miles there has been no problems.

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That's good to know. What part of the country are you? I'm in northern NM. I ask because of the relationship of temperature and oil viscosity.
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That's a nice looking engine, since you have it out, you should move the gas filter to the front of the car under the tank and put a steel fuel line around the left side of the engine to the fuel pump, this will prevent a future fire, mine caught fire, if you decide to replace your generator with an alternator, you just have to find a 10 gauge wire to run from the B+ to the starter, positive side of the battery goes directly to the starter, this will usually stop the gen light from dimly glowing AND while your at it there is a plug in wire under the back seat that goes thru the bottom of the car and plugs into the starter, replace it with a heavier gauge wire while the engine is out, this will help when you start your car, I found that out the hard way.

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You have been a tremendous help this morning. Yes, I am planning to switch over to an alternator and I will definitely be moving that fuel filter. Thanks! 
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We live in South Florida, I have a 1968 Dune Buggy and My wife has the 1974 Super Beetle, both have 1600 Dual ports as far as the oil, these companies are cutting their products like drug dealers, I went to pour some 30W oil and it looked clear like water, where the 20W-50 looks like the 30W I used to put in, get a magnetic plug, when you do an oil change you will be surprised to see that magnet picking up all the metal in the bottom of your engine.

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That's par for the course, it's all about the money. I will be adding the magnetic plug to my to-do- before-installing-the-engine list. This poor little bug has been sitting in a field since 2008 so I'm sure there are going to be many things coming up before it is put on the road. 
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You will have to change out the stand when you go to alternator, the AL82N alternators are good, usually the only thing I have had to replace was the voltage regulator IB359 when it went bad, I also went to a serpentine belt for both cars, I put a lock nut on both alternator pulleys and haven't looked back.

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Gorgeous little cars!
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What an awesome picture! Any interest in having them featured at the site?
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Hi Wayne! Good to see you! (I featured my little orange '71 back in 2008- Sonny Reign- under my other user name desiree71SB)
Yes, I am hoping to feature "Cloudy". I started putting the story together this Summer. I'm still trying to get the car moved up here to the northern part of the state where I am now living to work on it (need to get an engine in it, etc).

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Please keep in touch and good luck with your Beetle. Looking forward to featuring it in the future.
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