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Post by Stoddy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:08 pm

I've bought the School project SS1 and I would like your advice on some minor modifications that I would like to make.

I would like to fit some additional instruments in the space normally occupied by the radio (ideally oil pressure, oil temperature and volts/amps) Are there kits available? I had a look online and on the forum but couldn't see anything relating specifically to the SS1.

I would also like to improve the backlighting on the instrument binnacle. Before I dismantle the binnacle is this a quick fix with a change of bulbs or is it more involved?

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Post by willholderogri » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:29 am

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Post by willholderogri » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:38 am

last post was a bit brief but I have fitted a digital voltmeter ,fuel ratio gauge , vacuum gauge, and an electronic digital water temperature gauge (I find this is the best gauge I have fitted it gives plenty of warning and in degree intervals ) mine is a SE5A but it would still apply to an SSI


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Post by philhoward » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:53 am

If you remove the clock, you can squeeze a couple of 52mm gauges there with a little bit of shaping with a file (and still leave the hole suitable to reinstate the clock if you wish at a later date.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:30 am

If it's only for occasional monitoring, you could look to lose the ashtray as a couple of gauges would fit there. Personally I wouldn't bother with oil temp and voltage. Unless you have some serious plans for thrashing the CVH, then it's oil temp isn't going to get overly troubled. Volts was never one I really saw as much use either.

Oil pressure gauge a worthwhile addition though. You'll need an adaptor for the block, which is 1/4 NPT thread. So a 1/4NPT male, to 1/4NPT female (pressure switch) and 1/8NPT (sender / gauge feed) is the common adaptor to get. Then either decide on a mechanical O/P gauge with capillary tube, or fit an electric sender type.

The original layout of gauges in my old 1800ti
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Spacing was dictated by the structure behind, with the gaps left by removing one air vent and the original clock. Looked a bit odd on reflection, I was intending to put a couple of warning lights in the space between gauges 2 and 3!


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Post by Stoddy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:26 pm

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I like the look of the dials in the space vacated by the clock, so I'll look to source the size you have suggested. Are their kits available for the CVH engine or are they generic.

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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:44 am

52mm or 2” as they’re known are the standard “small” gauges.
The choice out there is bewildering to be honest, as is the price difference so it depends what you’re after? My suggestion for an Oil Pressure gauge would be one with a 270 degree sweep and 100psi/6bar maximum - easier to see at a glance if it’s OK or not.


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Post by Alan SS1 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:36 pm

philhoward wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:44 am
easier to see at a glance if it’s OK or not.
best to avoid then , cos all you'll do is worry about the pressure (lack of) :wink:


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