I think they only list a gauge because the sender on a mechanical temp gauge
isn't replaceable. The capillary tube from the sender to the gauge is
permanently sealed - if the tube is cracked, kinked, or broken, the gauge is
On the other hand, at least it doesn't require a tempermental voltage
Omaha, NE USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl McLelland" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 1:36 PM
Subject: Water Temp Guage
> Although not an "Alpine" question, maybe someone out there can answer my
> question since it involves a "Smiths" mechanical water temperature guage.
> I ran the engine yesterday in my Lotus 61 formula Ford that I've been
> restoring over the last year. The car is equipped with a Smiths mechanical
> water temperature guage. The probe is mounted in the frame tube, returning
> coolant from the radiator to the engine. The wire (or whatever it's
> from the probe to the guage is approx. 12" long.
> I got the engine hot enough that the coolant was starting to steam and the
> frame tube was too hot to hold onto. (I'd guess the tube was 150+/-
> The water temp guage needle was very sluggish coming off the peg, and
> about half way between 30 and 50 degrees centegrade.
> Is there any way to test if the problem is the guage or probe?
> The Dave Bean catalog lists replacement guages but not a replacement
> Anyone know where replacement probes are available from, if that's the
> Thanks in advance, and "Happy Pining"!!
> CSRG/HSR-West #247 series 1 Sunbeam Alpine
> Lotus 61 formula Ford