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Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 4:31pm

Connected to my positive terminal was a huge cable for the wheelchair lift, and a 12G wire through a thermal breaker and into the firewall. While I was resetting the ECM, I decided to leave these extras disconnected. Connected or not doesn't (seem to) affect performance.

This unit, before disconnecting the extra hot wire, had full time power to the 3 (lighted) rocker switches, and with key on the "time" would flash. I do not know what the 3 switches control, if anything. After disconnecting the auxiliary hot wire, the rockers have no power, and the display, perhaps because of the reset, shows this with key on, no flashing.
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Can anyone identify this trip computer and tell me more? Will it give me any useful info if I keep it and figure out how to use it?

If I don't keep it, I'll use the auxiliary power and this area will become an interface shelf for my phone.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 5:59pm

That’s an aftermarket install by a conversion company. So I have no idea how/if that works, but it just looks like an alarm clock to me.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 6:09pm

Leeann_93 wrote:That’s an aftermarket install by a conversion company. So I have no idea how/if that works, but it just looks like an alarm clock to me.
yeah...gotta figure whatever they were calling a "computer" in 1995 was barely that. Nothing worse than extra wires with no explanation.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 6:31pm

take it out enough to see if there is any info engraved or printed on the rear or sides. Then google what you find see what comes up. I agree with Leeann it does look like an alarm clock.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 6:39pm

Was doing that as you were replying.
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No way this is connected to diagnostics, it's a trip "timer" at best. Wish I had a clue what the switches are connected to. Not exactly looking forward to squeezing myself under the dash to try to find out.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 7:08pm

Those extra switches are almost always lighting or entertainment.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 7:15pm

AstroWill wrote:Those extra switches are almost always lighting or entertainment.
yup, I agree, but there's no evidence of either. No fancy lighting, stock FM/Cassette.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 7:26pm

No ground effect lighting? Then it will take more sleuthing. Added fog lights, master power for the lift, seat vibrator, might come down to tracing them.

Re: Vintage "trip computer" worth keeping?

March 28th 2020, 8:21pm

well, shucks, I never owned me no fancy van before. 2 switches DO control mood lighting, it's so dim I hadn't noticed. besides, it's not my cuppa tea, so I don't even care what the 3rd one does.

"trip computer" in quotes is because the dealer listed it as a feature. until I was interested enough to finally look at it, this morning, I was using that assumption. since it's nothing but a clock, I've already lost interest. maybe I'll set it, maybe I won't, maybe I'll just let it keep flashing.

hey, it was something to do while I had my morning coffee and smoke, and didn't cost me anything.
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