fitting an oil pressure gauge

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fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:21 pm

I have bought an oil pressure gauge off ebay and it is the non electrical type, can somebody please advise me what else I need to plum in the gauge ie connections and piping and how to do it.
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby Custard » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:49 pm

What exactly have you got.

You should have the gauge a length of tube with fittings on either end and an adapter for the block.

Also a bulb to go in the back of the gauge.

If you want to retain the current oil pressure light then an adapter like this;

http://www.minispares.com/product/Class ... lassic/oil T Piece.aspx

the normal adapter is like this;

http://www.minispares.com/product/Class ... ck/TP.aspx

Which you still need if using the other one as it either goes into the T piece or straight into the block.

The tube is like this if you have not got one;

http://www.minispares.com/product/Class ... ges/Cables, pipes, etc/OA.aspx

This assumes not a TIM gauge and mentions another adapter for TIM gauges. Mines a smiths so not sure what the difference is.

Bulb is fairly standard usually only one wire to connect in to the panel lights and earths through the casing so if mounting on wood you need to make a decent earth. bulb is not polarity sensitive so these mechanical gauges work on either positive or negative earth vehicles.

You can source bits elsewhere, I just find Minispares is an easy site for finding things with good pictures.

Think that is about it.

P.S. the T piece can be a bit of a pain as it often ends up with the pipe or switch pointing directly at the distributor. PTFE tape can be handy.

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:47 pm

Hi Sean
would this one do the job please.... eBay item number:192310839616
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby Custard » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:42 pm

As long as the gauge matches.

That's the setup I have with a Smiths gauge.

That ebay shop is a Mini Garage/Spares place in Stoke on Trent.

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:45 am

Brilliant Ive got to make sure the thread size is the same as my gauge aswell I guess unless its a standard size?
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:30 pm

All fitted today and working well...really pleased :D
thanks so much for all fabulous advice :thumbup:
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby Custard » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:06 pm

Well done, glad all the bits went together ok.

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:00 pm

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:01 pm

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby Custard » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:45 pm

Very nice, is that spare door card material to match the seats?

My first was in wood salvaged from an old TV when they had nice real wood boxes, looked a bit pretentious matching the interior seems a better idea.

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:36 am

Well spotted Sean it was leftover material from my seats, I also recovered my sunvisors in the same material instead of the worn saggy old ones.
The backing that the gauge fit into is an old number plate that I used thin backing foam and then the material to finish off.
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby midget » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:53 am

Good article, for a 1098, but I am trying to source correct parts for my A+ block. Due to the starter motors position and the downward pointing oil port, there is no room to fit these parts. The answer is to fit a flexible pipe to a remote Tee piece to mount the light switch and gauge. I need to know the correct threads/ sizes to assemble these parts together. The gauge is an MGB unit and I have the suggested Tee piece. Any info please?
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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby woodywoodchipper » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:37 pm

most(not all) are bsp thread, but some are taper and some straight,

if you have the original switch this will show a taper or straight thread, so is a start,

next try to put the switch into the T piece if it goes in easy then there is a match, if it tightens up after a few turns thens it wrong,

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Re: fitting an oil pressure gauge

Postby cococola » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:59 pm

Mine was a straight thread :)
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