In Reply to: Installing my VDO gauges...woe is to me! :) (long) posted by '98M on October 03, 2000 at 15:57:53:
As for the voltmeter, it sounds like the plug has definetly pulled out of the voltmeter's receptacle on the back of the meter. The reason I say this is because you know you have voltage because the lights are okay and the voltage for the lights are from the exact same wiring harness as what goes to the voltmeter's movement! Check the plug on the rear of the voltmeter...
I expect you'll fine that both plugs have been pulled out. If so, take some automotive two-sided tape or something similar and after re-plugging them tape the plug, meter receptacle and the back of the mounting bracket for each gauge so it doesn't happen again. These plugs/receptacles don't seem to have a solid "click" type seating where they can't back out and with all the wiring behind the gauge panel they could be tensioned out fairly easy. Don't for get to use plenty of ty-raps to help eliminate other wires applying tension or pressure on those plugs.
Next time check to be sure your the gauges are working before clipping the gauge panel into place assuming you didn't the first time.
BTW, to remove the gauge panel you'll need a feeler gauge (the type that's turned upward on the outward last one third) about .030" thick to stick between the top of the gauge panel and under the OBC so you can push back on the little tab lock under the OBC so it can be removed.