Why fabricate my own water temp gauge bracket? Why not just buy one somewhere?
- I couldn't find a bracket that would place the gauge front and center right in front of my field of vision. Lots of people mount the gauges in the vent holes in the center console but that is out of my direct line of sight. I don't want to have to remember to look to the right or left to see the gauge. I'd rather it be directly in front of me.
- Because I can. :-)
Miatas are dead-nuts reliable cars. They don't really suffer too much in hot weather compared to other cars. However, during the race in July I noticed after the race that the Miata's coolant temp gauge had moved a little bit from it's normal position in the center of the range. Sadly, I couldn't recall when I had last looked at the stock water temp gauge. Hence my desire to have the gauge front and center. I also got a cool top of the line Autometer gauge with a warning light that will be impossible for me to miss but more on that in another blog post.
Anyway, here are a couple of pics of version 4 of the bracket. Yeah, I made 4 prototypes before finally settling on this location. I thought it would be easier and quicker. I lost count of how many hours it took me to finally get the gauge so that it didn't block redline on the tach and had minimal blockage of the speedometer. Quite a bit of trial and error.
Check it out. Look cool? I'm wondering if I should make a few more and sell them...
Sorry about the wash-out from the flash and lighting. I'll get some better pics in the sunlight next race. Here is a closer view from the side: