Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
3/30/12 10:06 a.m.

We are not fussy people, but before driving a 46-year-old 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S 150 miles to and from an event, we decided we either needed to have an accurate odometer or a functional fuel gauge. We put the multimeter on the gas tank sending unit and got nothing. A quick inspection showed that the sending unit had been apart once already, so we decided to scrap it. Unfortunately, a new one was nearly $150. We decided to try the one from the parts car in the junkyard up the street. We bought it for $5, put it in, hooked it up, sealed it thoroughly and, even though it was older style, it seemed to work fine.

The odometer is still a question mark, but at least we'll have one easy visual clue when it's time to start hunting for the nearest gas station.

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