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Fuel warning light

Does anyone who has a 500f know how much fuel is left in the tank when the warning light comes on, or roughly how many miles is left in it?
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Re: Fuel warning light

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My light blinks on and off a bit as the level gets low and the residual fuel sloshes around in the tank. As I'm never sure how much is left, I usually fill up when I can.
My old VW had a similar low fuel light, but it had a reserve switch which opened a lower drain point in the tank.
I intend fitting a proper gauge sometime but until then, I use my dipstick
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Thanks Chris. I remember seeing your high-tech fuel measuring instrument in an earlier post. I've been toying with the idea of fabricating a custom gauge cluster where the glove tray is now, so I think a fuel gauge will definitely be included.
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Re: Fuel warning light

If one end is telling the owner that he is due a visit to the station is the other end telling the owner he is a dipstick? (Just asking.)

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Thanks Chris. I remember seeing your high-tech fuel measuring instrument in an earlier post. I've been toying with the idea of fabricating a custom gauge cluster where the glove tray is now, so I think a fuel gauge will definitely be included.
I was thinking of something like the photo only black and containing an oil temperature, oil pressure, fuel gauge +/- a clock. I have all the gauges except the clock. Mounting them this way doesn't involve destruction of the dash and can be reversed simply in future if required. Might have to talk to the local panelbeater again

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I would like to have some additional instruments and having had my fair share of Alfasud's, I know of this little binnacle. From an early Sud Ti, this image is from a RHD car but the image is upside down, the hood should be at the top. With a little bit of a facia, this would probably fit in the parcel tray of a 500. With the tray already slanting slightly up and this binnacle already angled towards the driver it mignt be a solution.

Early Sud's had a very simple centre console as well. Does not look out of place in a 500. The later ones have two instuments mounted in the console itself so that may be a possibility. Just need to think laterally guys.

Have to think about powering new instruments up and having them light up with the speedo light.

First one in needs to document the new harness and fuse arrangement....


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Chris, that's pretty much what I had thought of doing too as I want to keep the original 500f speedo, rather than fit an Abarth style binnacle. I'd have the same four gauges, plus probably a tachometer (if I can find one with a retro look that works with 2 cylinder engines). I fancy the idea of fabricating something that looks a bit like a Ferrari Monza instrument cluster (although possibly beyond my abilities to get the curved shape) and paint it to match the rest of the dashboard.



I really like the look of the classic Smiths magnolia intruments, but will have to see if my budget can stretch to them.



I'll let you know what I manage to achieve.

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Re: Fuel warning light

The Monza dash is great - need a largish (~390mm) steering wheel though or you lose sight of the peripheral gauges. If I get the wheel, can you fit a Ferrari to it for me ???

I forgot, I also have a voltmeter so a cluster of four would work well. All of mine are old 52mm Fiat Veglia instruments.

A tacho would be nice as well and I've seen a harness to fit one without altering much else. It looks a bit funny but once again preserves the original dash.

I'll be watching with great interest.

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My post may not have been too clear. I was thinking of an instrument cluster like the one in the Monza, but effectively turned upside down and mounted where the glove tray is. The tachometer would be the larger gauge in the centre, with the clock and fuel gauge on one side and the oil temp and pressure gauges on the other. Hope my explanation makes sense!

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P.S. if you post the wheel over to me I'll bolt on one of the spare Monzas I've got kicking about
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Re: Fuel warning light

OK. Now I've got it and I'm still interested It would be a neat and elegant solution.

I'll have a search around the shed for a suitable steering wheel

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Hi Folks;
I realise that this started as a 'Fuel Warning Light' page, but it has subtly turned itself into a 'Gauge' page. One of the problems for the Fiat500/126 owner who wants to fit a tacho is trying to find one that will, without expensive modification, be suitable for 2-cyl engines. Try this for size:- Speedy Cables (who are in Swansea, Wales)--onto 'new instruments', then onto 'Telemetrix range'-----part number TET3-5B32-01---80mm electronic tacho (for 2+4+8 cyls)--107.54p. They also do Speedos, oil-temp, oil-pressure, voltmeter, ammeter, fuel gauge and clock. These are Smiths instruments marketed by a company who can custom make cables etc. and seem to know what the're doing--at sensible prices. Hope this helps one-an-all.
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Re: Fuel warning light

I bought one of these a while ago from one of the usual suppliers. It's electronic and can be configured for 2 or 4 cylinders.
I've wired it temporarily and it works beautifully.
Sometime I'll have to colour the surround black to match everything else.
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Re: Fuel warning light

Sorry to be a spoilsport, but according to the handbook, the red light comes on when there is 3.5 to 5 litres of fuel left in the tank!!

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Thanks Tom, I'll give Speedy a call tomorrow.

Chris, I really like your tach. Is it from Axel Gerstl?

Thanks for the info Ian. I guess with nearly a third of the tank still full when the warning light comes on I shouldn't be too worried about making it to the petrol station.

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