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TR4/4A Fuel gauge

Tony P

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I would like to find a place to send my 1962 TR4 Jaeger fuel gauge to be calibrated. I have worked on it for hours but I can't get it right. So, with winter here I am ready to send it off and get it done right. I am in Sacramento California and would like somewhere near me, but is can mail it off.

thanks
Tony P.
 

PatGalvin

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Hi Tony

I had my temp gauge rebuilt by West Valley Instruments, in SoCal. Morris did a great job, and turned it around in a little over a week. I'm about ready to send them the Speedo next.

Pat
 

TR3driver

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I'll second West Valley.

However, it shouldn't be that hard to do yourself. You'll need to make a little tool so you can move the adjustments in small increments; but that can be as simple as filing off part of a screwdriver tip. Here's a shot of the one I made as a simple lathe project:
GAUGEADJUSTMENTTOOL.jpg~original

The large round section fits into the 'window' in the gauge housing, while the smaller tip engages the slot. As you've probably noticed, the adjustment slot gets moved sideways, not turned.

Only other tools required are a source of constant 10 volts DC, a DMM, and some resistors to match the resistance of your sender at the two points you choose to calibrate at. (My suggestion would be 1/4 tank and 3/4 tank; but you could use empty and full if you want.) Measure the actual resistance of your sender at the two points (which may not be the same as new ones, especially if it is original to the car. They drift with time and wear.) Then stack up resistors to get close to the same reading. (Within 5% is plenty, this ain't rocket science.)

One of the adjustments affects the reading across the entire scale, the other mostly affects the reading near full. So, hook up the low side resistor (the one with more resistance), wait for the reading to settle (at least a minute, the movement is very slow) and move the low side adjustment to get the reading you want. Then hook up the high side resistor, wait for it to settle, and move the other adjustment. The adjustments do interact to some extent (especially if you use 1/4 and 3/4), so repeat the sequence a couple of times until you are happy with the results. Add a drop of clear nail polish to lock the adjustment, and a piece of tape to cover the slot, and you're done.
 

dklawson

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Randall, nice job and write up. Did you turn that tool as a single piece or is the adjusting pin a separate piece pressed in? Also, how far eccentric is the pin?
 

TR3driver

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It's one piece (originally a long 1/4" diameter bolt). I used the 4-jaw chuck to offset it while turning the pin. Sorry I don't recall the measurements offhand, but the pin is slightly smaller than the slot in the gauge, and one side of the pin is flush with the larger portion that fits in the 'window' of the gauge.
 
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