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Post by Steve68 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:11 pm

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. I hope you've had a good weekend.

I'm considering replacing all the gauges on my SE5a for these....

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Smiths-Repli ... SwkyRdncld

So obviously I have a few questions.
1, are they suitable?
2, Anyone else used them as they look nice but they seem very cheap.
3, How do I get the standard gauges out?

Many thanks for any help and opinions,
Steve.



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Post by rebel alliance » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:25 pm

As you asked for opinions heres mine...yes they do look cheap .I assume there made in india.Are all of yours broken ?



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Post by Steve68 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:29 pm

rebel alliance wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:25 pm
As you asked for opinions heres mine...yes they do look cheap .I assume there made in india.Are all of yours broken ?
Thanks :D

I did wonder if they'd be a bit cheap. I have since found a new set in London but I'd really like to see them in the metal.

Mine aren't broken, just looking a little tired.



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Post by rebel alliance » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:36 pm

You can get replacement chrome bezels on ebay cheap....2" £6.99.........doubt your speedo cables going to fit a different speedo
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Post by Steve68 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:39 pm

Didn't think of that :doh:

Back off to the bay....



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Post by Old and Slow » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:48 pm

Also the transducers/senders for the temp gauge and oil pressure gauge might be electrical resistance types, so will need to be changed too, I think.


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Post by David Tew » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:58 pm

Not to mention the mechanical tacho and anti-clockwise speedo! :wink:


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Post by Steve68 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:14 pm

Thanks guys. I'm not electrically minded at all, and for me gauges are filed under electrics :lol:

I'm happy with a spanner and and engine, brakes, suspension etc but anything with a load of wires hanging off it and I get the sweats.

I was actually considering selling my 5a but when I clean it and drive it I fall in love again. It's such a nice car and well sorted so I'd be daft to get rid. Trouble is it has to live on my driveway as my daughter has filled my lockup with her "stuff" while she waits for the keys to her new home. I hate seeing it sit in the rain :cry:



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Post by TrevorG » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:23 pm

I'll put my pennies worth in as well. I've seen a friends kit car with these on. Don't know if it was that the gauges are undamped or the kit car vibrated too much, but they shook all over the place. It's the old adage....you pays for what you get!



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Post by Old and Slow » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:24 pm

Steve68 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:14 pm
I hate seeing it sit in the rain
In case you don't already know, don't be tempted to put a rain-proof cover over it - there are lots of mentions on the Forum about micro-blistering caused by waterproof covers; even the Halfords expensive covers say "don't do it as it causes known problems..."
Hope this helps...


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Post by Steve68 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:15 pm

Thanks for all your input guys.

I learnt about car covers with my Studebaker. It sat under a cover for years before I bought it and it preserved the car pretty well. Unfortunately it looked as though it had contracted a bad case of acne.



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Post by Steve68 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:20 pm

After all the worrying about my gauges looking "tired" they were actually just a little grubby. A quick clean and they're absolutely fine.

I must admit that magnolia faced gauges do float my boat though......



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Post by TrevorG » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:32 pm

There are companies out there specialising in refacing gauges to any spec. Try an internet search!



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