So the EGT gauge on the 172 (and other cessna singles?) doesn't have a numerical scale on it, just markings every 25 degrees. I know that one is supposed to use the EGT for leaning operations (ROP, LOP, what have you), but it's always stymied me that there are no actual numbers on it. Any reason why this is so?
The simple EGT gauges do not have numerical scales because you never lean to a temperature. You find the peak temperature, set the movable red needle to that temperature, and then lean to x degrees lean (or enrichen to x degrees) of peak temperature.
Set the peak temperature at full throttle, full rich at a sea level airport.
This system eliminates the concerns of calibration: Is the gauge calibrated, did the mechanic install the probe in exactly the right spot, etc. etc.