It appears you have not registered with our community. To register please click here ...

Author Topic: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?  (Read 1703 times)

Joe H

  • Street Racer
  • ***
  • Posts: 212
  • Karma: 11
Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« on: April 01, 2013, 08:58:43 PM »
I bought that S.C. 140 mph cluster from higbull and it has a flexible circuit board (gone brain dead on actual description) on back of cluster.

Can you just remove the 140 speedo head from the S.C. cluster and install it
on the 97 thunderbird ?

I doubt it seriously because the circuit board thang is prolly different

Anyone have any actual experience with this ?

J dot Miller

  • Show Car
  • Nascar
  • ***
  • Posts: 3842
  • Karma: 104
    • The Cougar Roar!
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 08:30:44 PM »
I doubt it.  The speedo will fit an 89- 1995 SC.

I hear a 1996- 1999 Taurus V8 SHO 150 MPH speedometer will work in a 97.
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

J dot Miller

  • Show Car
  • Nascar
  • ***
  • Posts: 3842
  • Karma: 104
    • The Cougar Roar!
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 07:29:07 PM »
Fred may have more information.  But he is on vacation again!
 ;)
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

Joe H

  • Street Racer
  • ***
  • Posts: 212
  • Karma: 11
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 12:32:38 AM »
k tx

J dot Miller

  • Show Car
  • Nascar
  • ***
  • Posts: 3842
  • Karma: 104
    • The Cougar Roar!
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2013, 06:36:11 PM »
Maybe you can replace the whole cluster.  A picture of the back of a 97 will help me greatly since I have several SC clusters laying around...
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

Joe H

  • Street Racer
  • ***
  • Posts: 212
  • Karma: 11
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 01:46:43 AM »
Maybe you can replace the whole cluster.  A picture of the back of a 97 will help me greatly since I have several SC clusters laying around...


ok

I tried for a little while to find one on line.
Found a pic of the front argh

How hard is it to take the entire cluster out ?

Then.........................the other day was the first time I ever posted a pic that I actually took

heh

 :embr:

J dot Miller

  • Show Car
  • Nascar
  • ***
  • Posts: 3842
  • Karma: 104
    • The Cougar Roar!
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2013, 07:36:38 PM »
I've done it a few times on my 90.  Plan to do it one more time because I need to replace the fuel gauge.  Minus well replace the speedo gears and check out my wiper relay while I am there...

The last time I did it was two years ago.  But this is what I remember.

I guess it can be done in an hour or so...
  • You move the drivers seat back.
  • Remove the drivers side kick panel.
  • On the drivers door side between the hinge and the front of the dash there is a phillips screw you need to remove.
  • Along the bottom front bottom portion of the dash facing the floor are two hex head cap screws.  Somewhere around 6-12 mm that need to get removed.
  • Now you can remove the lower plastic trim.  Be careful on the door side because there is a clip or pin that is fragile.
  • Next remove the metal plate that was underneath the lower trim facing the seat.
  • There are three phillips screws going around the steering wheel lock assembly that need to be removed.  Take care with the plastic as it is snapped in and splits.  It can bet damaged if you are ruff with it.
  • Next remove the plastic trim under the steering wheel hazard flasher.  Then adjust the steering wheel away from the dash.
  • A screwdriver with torqx or star bits is required to remove or move the trim for the air vent panels.
  • Next remove the Gauge Cluster Finishing Panel.
  • Now you can get at the gauge cluster it's self.  A Torqx or a star bit is required.  Carefully pull it out and remove the two rear connectors.

This is how the back of a SC gauge cluster looks...

 :shift:
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

FASTFREDDIE

  • FAST FREDDIE A.K.A. THUNDERROAD
  • Moderator
  • Nascar
  • *****
  • Posts: 2489
  • Karma: 106
  • I own 6 T-Birds! NEED 1 MORE HAVE 1 FOR EACH DAY
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013, 02:54:11 PM »
 WHAT MILLLER DOES IS SAVE THE CLUSTER  THEN PLACE IT IN A NEW CAR THROW THE OLD ONE AWAY  :schh:
LETS GO CRUISING!!!!

J dot Miller

  • Show Car
  • Nascar
  • ***
  • Posts: 3842
  • Karma: 104
    • The Cougar Roar!
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2013, 07:30:56 PM »
NAW, I still have two spare stock 90 clusters.  One from the 35th and the other I pulled from a junk yard.  I plan to rip my current one out and replace the speedo gears since the wife complained about them.  The replace the fuel level sensor since I am told it may be had.  While I am at it I plan to replace the wiper relays and center air vent...  Nothing is easy.   :(
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

Joe H

  • Street Racer
  • ***
  • Posts: 212
  • Karma: 11
Re: Can you just replace speedo head out of the S.C. cluster ?
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2013, 11:56:46 PM »
hehheh

Still haven't done anything on this.

Bought the SC cluster from higbull and it's just sitting there in garage.

Still..................I wonder if you can just swap the speedo heads from the SC which is 140 or whatever to my stock cluster.

Heck.............what a clusterfk

I thought I read somewhere that this could be done rather easily.
I didn't know it wuz gonna be a clusterfk
I should have known better.