In 1998 I bought a Triumph Herald 13/60, here you can read about it's restoration and share in a few photo's from it's travels. Please feel free to leave comments to any of the posts, of even email me if you want to.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Gauges (Part 1)

My favourite purchase during the restoration of my Herald was the burr walnut dash, it's a beautiful thing therefore drilling 2 large holes in it might sound a little odd. 

At the time I bought it I nearly ordered a MK2 Vitesse one instead as I'd always fancied having 2 extra gauges to the right of the main dials, but as I didn't have the gauges to fit I decided not to.

After some thought and with Christmas & my birthday approaching I decided to get the gauges and drill the holes to accept them. My fear was I'd chip the veneer during drilling and have to get the whole thing repaired, so the following may be useful to anyone thinking about doing the same.

First of all get yourself a good quality 52mm hole saw and arbour, I bought both items off fleabay for just over £10 including postage. You'll also need an off-cut of wood or mdf and 2 or 3 mole grips or g-clamps.

Clamp the off-cut on the front side of the dash, make sure it's clamped in such a way it's tight and completely flush with the dash, this will prevent the veneer/lacquer chipping as the hole saw breaks through the front of the dash.

The back of my dash already had the holes marked, so it was just a matter of finding the centre and carefully drilling until you feel the saw pass through the dash and into the off-cut. As you can see below if provides a nice neat hole for your shiny Smith's gauge to drop in to.

The smaller hole on the right is for a push button to operate the electric washer pump which was fitted while the dash was out.

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