Quite Possibly My New Instrument Supplier

New Vintage USA.  Ever heard of them?  Neither had I, at least not until I was browsing various gauges on Summit Racing and their name appeared.  They looked good in the pictures, and they were priced competitively.  Made in the USA even?  Really?  Next thing you know, they had a Black Friday deal, so I ordered a tach, part number 37141-01.  It only set me back $125.96 US, so I’ve done worse.

I have about six tachometers in stock…  All of them are used, all of them work, and most of them look pretty cool right where they are, on display like little mechanical pieces of art.  This tach is different, as I promised myself that it’s going directly into the Money Shot Pontiac.  Is it worthy?  You bet!  First up: the packaging.  It comes in a clear clamshell that’s quite a bit bigger than the gauge itself, fairly sturdy, and taped shut for safety.  All sides are visible, and not only does it say “New Vintage USA Detroit” at the top, but it also says “Made in the USA” at the bottom.  Could it be real?  Not China, not Mexico, but rather the USA?

Since I have personal experience with both Classic Instruments and Autometer, I have a solid basis for comparison.  My set of Autometer gauges have domed plastic lenses, a fairly narrow chromed bezel that’s metal of some sort, and around-the-dial lighting via incandescent bulb.  My set of Classic gauges have flat glass lenses, a fairly narrow chromed bezel that’s metal of some sort, and around-the-dial lighting via incandescent bulb.  This gauge had a domed glass lens, a thick chromed bezel that’s thin wrapped metal of some sort, and around-the-dial lighting via incandescent bulb.  They all have a similar feel, but I can’t help but think that the Autometer falls short of the other two in appearance.  That set was also cheaper, to be fair…

It comes with more nuts and washers than anyone could ever need, which is good, as they’re brass, so when you drop them you’re not fishing them out with a magnet…  They’re gone.  It also comes with instructions, and I have no comment on them, as it’s a tachometer.  If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need instructions, either.

In conclusion, I still need fuel/temp/volt/oil gauges, and I do believe I’m going to go for it.  They’ll adapt nicely into the stock openings, the color and font is almost factory, and the price is right.  They also make a matching boost/vacuum gauge, and I don’t necessarily need to run a hood…

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