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Studebaker Tachometer Electrical Help

Early Stewart Warner Tachometer Wiring Diagram

The following diagrams are for the 1955 Speedster, and 1956-1961 Studebaker Hawk tachometers. These are the style that the tachometer drive or sending unit mounts between the distributor, and the distributor cap.Most of the time the main problem is the deterioration of the wires. You should be able to re-wire yours and have it work. Only once did I see the brushes worn beyond service. I went to the parts store and bought some similar small brushes, filed them to size, and used them. For the wire itself, I use 3-wire heavy duty extension cord with the black cover. A fellow Stude enthusiast (Ray Brunner) has sent me some particulars on the "cable" that will work well for rewiring this tachometer. At any electrical supply or hardware store- ask for type "SJ" wire in 16 guage, it will work nicely. This first drawing is of the distributor mounted tach drive or sending unit. It shows a schematic, and the color-coded wiring diagram. The "white" wire is coded yellow to show up better in the drawing.

tap This next diagram is of the tachometer head itself, and a small drawing of the plug connectors. ALL the plug connectors are wired the sameā€¦ regardless of their position! The view shown is of the inside of the connector, viewing the tabs you solder the wires to: Make sure ALL the connectors are wired like this!


This Next diagram is of the harness itself, and how it is wired in the car. The "short" section coming from the tach head is 6" long. The "long" section is 24".


1962-64 GT Hawk Tachometer Wiring Diagram

This is for the stock tachometer with the square sending unit. The "R" series equipped cars used a different sender with the round canister. You can tell the difference by the dial face. The "R" series tachometer has a "redline" with red numbers/dashes from 5000-6000 rpm


Courtesy Ray Ficthorn

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