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Old July 11th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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I'm a late blooming car guy, meaning I don't know as much about trucks as I'd like to know.

I just bought a scrambler with 302ho efi out of a lincoln, AOD tranny, BW1356 TC, and old bronco axles (D44 and 9"). I guess I better get to know Ford stuff.

Question : Am I looking at an electronic speed sensor? When I look at the back end of the TC, I see two wires sticking out of a small connector. One is red, the other white. Is this an electronic speed sensor? If so, do they normally wire directly into the back of an electronic gauge? The scrambler does not have a working speedo. The speedo in the dash is the original, all other gauges have been replaced.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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Here are some pictures of the case itself. There is a third connection that I thought I got a picture of, but I must have missed it. The connector that I originally thought was the speedo sensor is actually red and green wires. It looks like the gears might be in the housing immediately to the side of the wire output. Is that right?
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yea that looks like the vss.

you need a speedo cable. That should be coming out of the hole next to that sensor.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 10:33 PM   #4
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yea that looks like the vss.

you need a speedo cable. That should be coming out of the hole next to that sensor.
X2 on the speedo cable
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The one with the blue and white looks like a 4wd indicator and the other one with red/green is for sure the VSS. The electrical connector there could be for a couple of things....could be an input for the PCM or cruise or it could actually be the input for the dash speedo. Some of those fords had a VSS just like that and DID NOT have a cable. They looked like they SHOULD have a cable but they didn't.

Typically if it had that piggy back electrical connector, it did not have a cable.

Look down inside the thing and see if it has a white plug in the speedo cable hole.

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yeah not sure about the wires, but the hole next to it, thats hwere the speedo cable goes..
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I took another quick look last night after TB responded. I didn't pull the unit out, but there is certainly a hole next to the red and green wires.

So, what I'm hearing is pull it out, and see if the gears are in there too, then I just need a mechanical speedo cable to run up to the gauge. (Assuming gearing is correct, etc., even though I know it won't be.)

I have a stock CJ speedo in the dash right now, but the previous owner put in Sun pro engine temp, oil pressure, and voltage. He also put in an autometer tach. Any chance I can use the stock speedo, or am I better off getting an aftermarket?

Thanks for the help all!
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None of that stuff has any effect on the speedo. Worst case you may have to have one made with the right ends.
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There WILL be a gear in there.....even if it never had a cable. Ford used that style VSS for several years on many different vehicles including the Taurus.

Some had a cable, some didn't. If it didn't have a cable, there will be a plug jammed in there down below where the slots for the clip are.
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