Alternator Driven Tachometer

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  1. DJK

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    Alternator Driven Tachometer

    My Fiat 2.9TDi 1999 is without an tachometer anyone every fitted one driven by alternator.


    I thought this would be the easiest way of fitting one.


    Secondly Anyone recommend a good Sparkie in Bury BL 8 Lancashire conversant with Motorhomes
     
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    Fitted an accessory tacho back in the 70s, but that worked through the contact breaker (remember them?)
     
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    Yes, I fitted one to my Ford escort in 1972 (y)
     
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    Jeffs auto electrician. 30-36 Bury Old Rd. Bolton. BL2 2BZ
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    Fixed my leccy window a treat. (y)
     
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    i doubt you would find an altrnator driven one now early sprites and midgets had dynamo ones
     
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    Fitted a taco to a new then 1974 Datsun Cherry, I think it was an induction pick-up from the 12v side of the coil.
     
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    Yes, can be done.
    Tiny-Tac do one that has a clamp you put around the injector pipe and has a sensor in it for the pulses.... Trouble is its a digital LED clock, not a sweep gauge. About $70 US.... Available via e-Bay.
     
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    Alternator drive as an aftermarket fit would be difficult. They pick up a pulse from the alternator windings but are designed to account for the alternator / engine pulley sizes which vary from one manufacturer to the next. The injector type mentioned by Jonkil would be easiest.
     
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    Me being dumb of course no coil on a diesel
     
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    Fitted one for someone earlier this year..
    I honestly did not think it would work but it did and still does !
    I did wonder where it came from .. Chap told me 'a mate gave it to me' and when I searched at the time could not find any info at all
     
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    @Jaws do you recall which engine you fitted the tacho on?
     
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    Yes mate. It was on an early 80's 2 litre ( might have been a 2.2 ) Ducato lump
     
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    Most of the accessory rev-counters pick up their signal from the WL terminal on the alternator, this is rectified but unsmoothed DC which has enough AC content to run a tachometer.

    Discovery 1's use this system, Discovery 2's use the engine management flywheel speed sensor to get the engine speed signal from, via the ECU.

    If you're fitting an accessory electronic tachometer you will need to calibrate it against a known good mechanical tachometer like the Smiths Industries hand-held type.

    Diesel pulse tacho's are quite good and no electrics other than the 12V supply.

    Lots of other ways of doing it, we have fitted magnetic pickups to flywheel housings, getting the signal from the flywheel starter ring gear teeth going past the end of the magnetic pickup, have also used timing gears and even a toothed belt cog to get speed signals.

    Peter
     
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    Thanks for the replies Folks, with exception to a couple Would a TDI (Turbo Diesel Injection) have a distributor Lol

    Anyone any idea on any cost please
     
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    Seriously, Yes it does........

    Its called a mechanical high pressure injection pump.
    It DISTRIBUTES the incoming fuel to each injector in turn.....hence, a distributor.
     
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    Well Pappajohn
    You have just learned me something I've been connected with Lorries, engines and FLT's all my working life and I'm in my 70'th year now and never have I heard an diesel injector pump be called a distributer I've heard it called many many names Not printable on this page when it won't bleed but never a distributer.
    The pinto engine in my Sports Cars got one but that's a 2 litre "Petrol"
    Good Night my friend I'm now going to bed smiling
     
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    Badknee have you got a VW MH if so is that you on Google parked outside his place
     
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    Badknee is this your VW MH parked outside
     

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    No it's not me, Google hadn't been invented when I had my VW type 2 bay window.
     
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