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Water temp fitting

PostPost by: Bits » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:29 am

Can anyone tell me where I can get the adapter for the water temp fitting please. :D

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PostPost by: lotusfan » Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:15 am

Here you are Bits.

https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and- ... /SJ587.htm

You will also need the thin copper sealing ring which I don't know if SJS supply. There has been some corresponence about this. I think Caerbont https://www.caigauge.com/ may have been a source.
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PostPost by: Elanman99 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:54 am

Somethings not right there.

Whilst the adapter linked to is correct for the twin cam, the capillary bulb should have a female thread. Is the gauge the dual temp/pressure type?

Changing the threaded part of the gauge is not really a DIY job but could probably be carried out by one of the instrument restoring companies.

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PostPost by: lotusfan » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:17 am

Elanman99 wrote:Somethings not right there.

Whilst the adapter linked to is correct for the twin cam, the capillary bulb should have a female thread. Is the gauge the dual temp/pressure type?

Changing the threaded part of the gauge is not really a DIY job but could probably be carried out by one of the instrument restoring companies.

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Ian you are right - should have gone to Specsavers!! It's an MGB type fitting.
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PostPost by: Elanman99 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:30 pm

I meant that the gauge (well the captive fitting on the capillary tube) was wrong gender for an Elan.

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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:53 pm

See a whole bunch of messages on this topic on my long thread, start at:
viewtopic.php?t=26101&f=19&start=15#p172491

There are several adaptors & threads involved. One of which is a standard plumbers part.
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PostPost by: Bits » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:58 pm

Thanks for your replies.
Now I know mine has the male, instead of the female, fitting which will not fit the standard adapter. Looks like I may need to source a new gauge. :(
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:52 pm

Bits wrote:Thanks for your replies.
Now I know mine has the male, instead of the female, fitting which will not fit the standard adapter. Looks like I may need to source a new gauge. :(


This is what I recently bought off eBay:
SmithsCombiGauge_1.jpg and
You can see all the correct components in the picture


Looks like the seller has another available - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Smiths-Lotus-Elan-Oil-Pressure-Water-Temperature-Dual-Gauge-GD1301-23/202921281229?epid=17005086114&hash=item2f3f0d06cd:g:Ma8AAOSwGaVd~cD1 Unfortunately they are not cheap!
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:58 pm

i have one for sale $105 plus shipping. Is that more or less than the one you bought Phil?? :)
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:16 am

tedtaylor wrote:i have one for sale $105 plus shipping. Is that more or less than the one you bought Phil?? :)
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Looks the same (except the eBay one is new)
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PostPost by: Bits » Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:05 am

And has everything needed including the adapter. And the last one has sold.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:54 am

Bits wrote:And has everything needed including the adapter. And the last one has sold.


Contact the seller & ask about another batch, they are being manufactured again in South Wales.Happy with mine...

Be careful, there are many variations with Oil Pressure 0-100psi & 0-60 PSI; as well as Temp in Farenheit & Centigrade. This is the correct gauge, at least for later Elans.
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PostPost by: Bits » Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:42 pm

Yes - hes getting some more in next week.
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