Since my temperature sender was readin low when installed with a T
connector in the side of the block, I thought I better move it to the
oil drain plate. This is a good idea, and if CB Performance had their
act together they'd carry the VDO kit made for this purpose.
Not having the kit, and being adventurous, I decided to weld a big
nut to my oil drain plate, off center so that the temp sender wouldn't
hit the oil return screen. I carefully (well, pretty careful anyway)
measured with the screen and sender and the nut. You can see where I
drilled my hole. I lined up the bolt holes so that the send would be
at the rear of the drain plate. I think it's 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) diameter.
I then used an inexpensive arc welder to weld the nut to the oil drain
plate. It worked! I had to make about a dozen passes with the welder
as this was only the third weld I ever made. You can see in the lower
photo that the weld looks like silver bubble gum. However, ugly, it's
Clearly, I'll need a skid plate to protect the temp sender. Remember,
I'm building a Baja here. Even on the street, something to protect the
sender would be good. I though about just welding a little fin in front
of the sender.
This worked just great, sort of. After everything was put together,
I discovered that my temp gauge still hardly registered. I was guessing
either the gauge or sender was bad, but I've replaced both.
Apparently my oil sump plate is not well grounded. In a few weeks (i.e.
March 2001), I'll try this again, and carefully ground the oil sump