Project Elva: Restoring the Gauges

Our 1962 Elva Mk6 originally came outfitted with a combination of Smiths and Lucas gauges, as was common in the early ’60s. Unfortunately, the original chronometric tachometer had been replaced with a cheesy Sun Tach, most likely from the ’70s. The oil pressure gauge had also gone missing.

We looked in one of our spare-parts bins and thankfully found an oil pressure gauge that's similar in style to the others and from the same time period.

And the luck continued. Our buddy Rennie Bryant thought he had the correct Smiths chronometric tachometer in his parts stash. He did and graciously donated it to the project. It’s a 12,000-rpm tach, so it will easily accommodate our 7250-rpm redline.

At that point, we boxed up all the gauges and sent them to Nisonger Instruments, where technicians expertly cleaned, restored and calibrated them. We thought, why fiddle around with these old gauges when a company like Nisonger has all of the required needles, bezels and background plates on hand, along with the skill to make these gauges perfect again?

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wspohn Dork
4/22/20 1:17 p.m.

When I saw the title on this thread, I thought "I hope he goes chronometric!"

Great choice   Did you need more than an 8K red line....

4/24/20 4:52 p.m.

Here's what you have to look forward to. 

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