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Thread: Fuel Sender - Commercial tank to WB Stato Gauge

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    Sandman Driver damienengland's Avatar
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    Fuel Sender - Commercial tank to WB Stato Gauge

    Hi All

    Thought i'd share a little project i did this long weekend. I'm putting a custom fuel tank in my tonner and came across some issues with the installed fuel sender. As my tonner runs a WB Stato dash, the fuel gauge needs a 282-40 ohm sender for correct operation, not the 73-10 ohm sender that's standard on the HJ-WB commercial tank pickups (or the 0-180 ohm oddball unit that i found in the old tank). After a fair bit of googling and pondering i decided to fix my old pickup/sender to work properly. I found a document online which lists out the ohm range of lots of vehicles and found that my Stato gauge used the same sender range as all Commodores up to VS and also other vehicles including some Fords and Chryslers.

    http://www.howardinstruments.com.au/...20Brochure.pdf

    After a bit of eBay searching, i came across a NOS JB Camira sender which fit the bill perfectly. Picked it up and got myself buried in the garage to come up with a hybrid pickup/sender for my tonner with stato dash.

    Pics and descriptions should show the job at hand...

    Camira pickup / sender
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    Removed the sender block from the pickup
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    The magic bit - correct range resistor
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    Pop rivet the sender body to the commercial tank pickup
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    Reassemble the Camira sender in place
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    Bend and extend the float wire/rod so it works freely over the full height range of the commercial tank (brazing done after measuring the extra length needed)
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    Test it to make sure all is well
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    Happy with that...

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    Kudos Damo that would have done my head in

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    Thumbs up

    Gee, you make the impossible look simple! I would just watch the trip meter to fill up or cart a jerry can round. Clever guy

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    That is great information Damien looks like a bit of challenge but if anyone was up for it you fit the bill,well done mate.

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    WOW well done Damien great info there.

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    Hey thanks guys.

    Yeah maxsandman, that is the other alternative, but i am looking forward to retiring the odometer check...and trying to squint harder at the gauge and guess how far below empty you can go before she stalls in peak hour with no fuel . Also Blocker, very happy to see you back here.

    Here's a pic of the sender in the new tank, all ready for install...

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    Nice work Damo!
    Nice to see content on the forum and watching your car come together.
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    Impressive Damian,

    Surprised you found a Camira

    and secondly that any part on a Camira was of any value

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