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How do you mount 4 or 5 oil pressure activated accessories?

How do you mount 3 or 4 oil pressure activated accessories?

To define the question a little better, here are some requirements I have...

1. Dash Gauge, mechanical or electric. In my case, it's mechanical.

2. Under hood gauge. Also mechanical in my case.

3. 'Oh Sh!t' light switch. Like an idiot light, but larger and with a buzzer so you can't overlook or ignore it.

4. Oil pressure activated switch for my second battery disconnect and backup electric fuel pump.

5. Extra port for future accessories that may rely on oil pressure (or the lack if it) to accomplish something...

Now, let's see what you all can come up with, and how cheap you can do it.
No cheating and saying you already have parts lying around!
Include everything so we can have a fair comparison...

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Saving space for my solution...
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X-1 number of 1/8” pipe tees – X-2 number of 1/8” short nipples.

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I can't believe I took taz off ignore for this...

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X-1 number of 1/8” pipe tees – X-2 number of 1/8” short nipples.
Must have stock in a plumbing supply company and doesn't care what it looks like...

I think his brother must have plumbed my house, because I battled plumbing just like that for over a year before I just yanked it all out and replaced it with something that made sense...
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Just make a manifold. A piece of brass, a drill and a pipe tap. I'd put a flare adapter into the block and run a short piece of copper tube out so the manifold could be placed in a good spot. And sweat solder the copper into the manifold.

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He He - a "TAZ TREE?"

For the mechanical gauges you could run just one copper line from the port, then "Tee" into the copper line somewhere else to split it for both mechanical gauges, where it wouldn't look like a "plumbers nightmare."

And anywhere along that copper line, or at the port, you could "tee" in a pressure switch to activate a relay for all your other electric devices.

It wouldn't be hard to keep it very clean looking.
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Just make a manifold. A piece of brass, a drill and a pipe tap. I'd put a flare adapter into the block and run a short piece of copper tube out so the manifold could be placed in a good spot. And sweat solder the copper into the manifold.
Yep, I didn’t have the pipe tap, a machine shop or anybody close that would sell me a short piece of brass so I made the manifold out of tees. This one will do 6 outlets, add or remove as many tees as you please. I used longer nipples in two places for mounting clamps. Use brass tees for aesthetics if you want but the idea was to do it on the cheap.

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Now, let's see what you all can come up with, and how cheap you can do it.
No cheating and saying you already have parts lying around!
Include everything so we can have a fair comparison...
Does “Include everything” mean you have to include the price of your machine shop, Jim?
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Just make a manifold. A piece of brass, a drill and a pipe tap. I'd put a flare adapter into the block and run a short piece of copper tube out so the manifold could be placed in a good spot. And sweat solder the copper into the manifold.
I like this solution best. Similar to what they sell for compressed air, except that's 1/4" npt. You should be able to do it all with hand tools and a drill press. A convenient source for the brass would be the average person's challenge.

Something like what these guys sell:

Metal And Thermoplastic Manifolds And Brass Manifolds - Cole-Parmer Catalog

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I just drilled and tapped one of the factory "trees" to stack a second one on top; since I wasn't building a street rod I didn't care about asthetics. It does require a standoff to fit my larger sending units so it gets a bit bulky.
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I know it is not the cheapest way, but I have seen people tap ports in remote oil filter adapters (the part that the filter screws to) for this purpose.

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