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Old 5th March 2024, 12:01
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Having looked for a while to find a decent s/h Smiths water temperature gauge I finally decided I am not going to find one and so will have to buy new. I would heve preffered a s/h one with a bit of patina but all those I have seen are missing the lamps and fixing kit or have the wrong bezel etc, etc. It's suprising how many variations there were.

I thought buying a new one would be easy. No. All the new Smiths temperature gauges seem to have the wrong temperature range with the max being 140 deg c which is a bit silly..... It means the actual useful range of the gauge is very small.
They used to be 110 deg c which is more correct. I suspect, for the sake of economy, they are using the same mechanism as for the oil temperature gauge which does need to go up to 140.

Doh. Back to the drawing board....
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Hi Robin,
my ETB temp gauge is 40 to 120 degrees C.
They do variety of bezels and colours if that helps?
My engine thermostat is 88 degees C. so matches well.

https://www.etbinstruments.com/index...&product_id=93

But, I did notice Smiths do this one which might suit you?

https://www.smiths-instruments.co.uk...gauge-270-fsd/

.....peter
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Thanks Peter

I am trying to stick with all Smiths at the moment.
I previously looked at the nice 270 degree one - the problem is it's mechanical - that is you have to run a capilliary tube to the engine. Which means if you ever want to take the dashboard out (a regular occurence for me) you have to partially drain the engine coolant!
It is rather nice though....

Cheers, Robin
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