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    I had belts in mine and was glad I had them on a couple of occasions. I read of a guy that had a minor fender bender in a bucket and nearly went over the windshield. I liked them on curvy roads, since they kept me from sliding around in the seat. Like you, mine were attached to the body of the bucket.

    Of course, the down side is the possibility of getting the car upside down and having the belts pin you in. Since it's very hard to fit an effective roll bar to bucket, without the RB being a greater danger than a wreck, it's a chance you take.
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    It's a smaller chance than I take when I throw my leg over the Chief.
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    I agree. If you get upside down in a bucket, I think you'd do better without the belts. I'm going to go with the probability that "most" wrecks do not involve getting upside down. I consider the safety of a T-Bucket to be somewhere between a "normal" car and a motorcycle.
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    Do any of you have any experience using an electronic signal speedometer with a Turbo 350 transmission? I'm debating whether I should go that route, or run a speedo cable.
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    Not with a TH350, but I've got 2 of them in a couple of my cars. One connected to my a 46Rh and the other to a T5. A lot easier to run a single wire to the tranny than thread a cable. It can also be used as a VSS source to run the cruise control. They also give you multiple trip odometers.

    Always a lot nicer to calibrate the speedometer sitting in the seat and pushing a button than crawling under the car to change the driven gear in the tranny (of in a worse case situation pulling the tail housing off to change the drive gear).


    Little more pricey than a cable driven unit, but IMO worth it.


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    +1 on the electronic speedo's. I put my first one in my 46 coupe over 20 years ago (it's still in it). I'm running a TH350 in that car with a speed sensor that screws in place of the cable. Much easier to fool with. I calibrated mine using a GPS, but there are speedo apps available now for your cell phone.
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    I was even lazier .. I used a GPS deal hooked to my speedo. Picked it up from Speedway.
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    Yeah, the Healey is getting a GPS speedo from Speedhut. Just a short wire run under the dash to the antenna. No calibration needed.
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    I need to find something to put in my T10 to run my auto meter speedo. I haven't even researched that part yet.
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    That's probably the nicest option. It just depends if I'm willing to get off my wallet. There are plenty of great options out there, all it takes is money. The most important thing to me is to get one with a trip meter. I don't plan on having a gas gauge, I'll use the trip meter for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod46 View Post
    Yeah, the Healey is getting a GPS speedo from Speedhut. Just a short wire run under the dash to the antenna. No calibration needed.
    I have a Speedhut GPS Speedometer, so far so good. I spent the better part of 3 nights on the internet trying to find complaints about Speedhut gauges, GPS in particular, I couldn't find any.
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    I couldn't either. Everyone had good things to say about them. Hard to find anything on the internet that nobody talks bad about.
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    I almost bought an auto meter GPS speedo to match the gauges in the camaro. I just can't justify the price on it when I have a gps that can go in whatever vehicle I'm going to drive. The speedo may wait if it's going to cost a lot. Haha
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    A matching speedo.

    There's a joke in there but I'm leaving it be.
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