6 Once installed, the Mini-Tach...
6 Once installed, the Mini-Tach is a terrific modification that looks factory original. All we need here is a plastic plug, available from Mustangs, Etc., for the clock-delete lens, and visually, it's complete.
7 The Mini-Tach wiring can...
7 The Mini-Tach wiring can be blended into the stock harnesses. The ignition signal lead, for example, can be tucked into the engine gauge feed harness. Power and ground leads can be hidden underdash. Ground the tach at the same location as the instrument-panel ground behind the cluster.
8 Once you have power to...
8 Once you have power to the Mini-Tach, the instrument panel can be reinstalled. While you're in there, lubricate the speedometer head and cable. Check the instrument voltage regulator, and make sure the wiring is protected from chaffing.
The Retrogauge Mini-Tach is easy to wire. There are three leads: Signal, 12-volts, and Ground. Signal goes to the "-" or distributor side of the ignition coil. The 12-volt power lead should be switched power, meaning it's live only with the ignition switch on. Ground, as its name implies, grounds to the body. We suggest making a mini-harness to support the Mini-Tach. Wrap it into plastic conduit or with electrical tape to make sure everything is secure. Route the signal lead through a rubber grommet located in the firewall, ideally where your Mustang's air conditioning compressor clutch lead goes or through one of the vacuum-hose passages. Don't drill a hole in the firewall unless there's no other option. Always drill where the factory did, which can be identified as a dimple mark in the firewall.
While you have the instrument panel out, take care of the speedometer cable and head with the all-important lubrication. Based on years of experience, we suggest a mix of white grease and WD-40, which keeps the speedometer cable lubricated even in the coldest of weather. Draw the cable out, fill your hand with white grease and WD-40, then run the cable through the mix.
Consider replacing the instrument voltage regulator and light bulbs while you're at it. The instrument voltage regulator, or voltage limiter, regulates instrument power to ground to maintain constant instrument voltage. When it fails, instruments won't work at all or they will peg out at maximum. In either case, replace the voltage limiter.