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Picking a Tach for my '55 Chevy

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A Hot Rod is supposed to have a Tachometer. In my 55 Chevy I have a mild street small block, a less than exciting th350 trans and a very “highway friendly” set of 3.08 gears that keep me from having fun from stoplight to stoplight. My car is a prime example of a mild cruiser that really doesn’t need all of the extra stuff that you might find critical on a race car or serious street car. With all that said a Hot Rod still needs to have a Tachometer, even if it really doesn’t!

I considered all of the popular options, including a big 5” race inspired tach, the little miniature column mounted variety, and even thought about mounting a tach flush into a custom gauge cluster. I finally arrived at the 3 3/8” Autometer Designer Black Air-Core tach. This was the perfect choice for my car because it doesn’t have an un-achievable 10,000 rpm redline, it isn’t in your face with a shift light and it has the perfect, classic look that I like.

One thing that I think a lot of guys overlook when picking out a Tach is that they don’t have to come with a mounting cup. Here at Speedway, we offer several different mounting cups that allow you to mount a 3 3/8”, flush fit type tach onto your column or even on a cowl or dash panel. This really opens your options for what you can use when it needs to be on the column. I used our Speedway part number 910-65002 tach cup and it couldn’t have been easier!

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