Many thanks to the listers who replied about my two recent questions.
Apparently the temp gauge if mechanical does continue to show the temp even
after the car is shut down. (Could this be a clue to the potential
thief/vandal that the owner has just parked for a dinner/movie/etc and thus
won't be coming back to their car for a while?).
And the "strange bolt pattern" wheels are apparently common to VWs and
Porsches of that era.
Just to tie these two together, I noticed the 356 Porsches have minimal
instruments compared to TR6s. Only speedo, tach, fuel and oil temp gauges.
Not sure if the latter is mechanical or electrical but suspect electrical
due to the length of capillary required (rear engine). It just dawned on me
that until about 98 (99?) all 356 derived cars (such as the 911) would not
have a "normal" temp gauge -- no coolant!.
Peter Zaborski CF58310UO
> Sent: Friday, September 17, 1999 10:57 AM
> To: 'TR6 List'
> Subject: mechanical temp gauges
> A quick question for those with mechanical temp gauges...
> Does such a gauge display the temp even after the ignition is off?
> --- Peter Zaborski CF58310UO ---
> Sent: Saturday, September 18, 1999 3:12 PM
> To: 'TR6 List'
> Subject: classic car question
> Today I attended a local European car show. Among the
> British, Italian & German cars there was a 57 Porsche
> Speedster (restored). It had the weirdest wheels. I couldn't
> find the owner so I thought someone on the list might know. I
> put a picture at <http://gumbi.com/peterz/tmp/wheel.jpg>. The
> wheels are 15" and the tires are 165-SR15. The thing that I
> can't figure out is the bolt pattern. If you look at the
> picture you'll notice the studs are extremely far apart
> compared to a more conventional wheel. Does anyone know what
> the scoop is on these wheels? (The other 356 models had more
> "conventional" bolt patterns on their wheels).
> TIA for any info.
> Peter Zaborski CF58310UO