Alternative to Kenlowe Thermostat ?

Technical advice Q&A
User avatar

Topic author
rfs1957
Posts: 733
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Location: Montpellier, France
France

#1 Alternative to Kenlowe Thermostat ?

Post by rfs1957 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:02 pm

I had various issues with the standard Kenlowe thermostat a couple of years ago and baulked at the cost I was being asked to pay for a new one, when I've never been that impressed with the quality of finish.

Image

I had seen these alternative ones for sale here for £17

http://www.bbclassics.co.uk/coolingfans.html

which didn't actually inspire me very much, but after a bit of snooping around came to the conclusion that they were actually quite high-end industrial products from a reputable Korean manufacturer, so took a punt and ordered a couple.

Image

The quality looked excellent, the capilliary much finer and easier to seal, and I've now been using this one for a couple of years with complete success.

Image

Indeed they now seem to be available from all sorts of sources, to the extent that I couldn't actually find a Kenlowe one when I was looking for the current price, so maybe they've become the new norm.

Image

The only downside is that as supplied there was no support-plate or bracket, and that took a while to get right and neat.

Image

Image

I fitted mine right next to the headlamp relays on the left-front wheel valance and feed it directly off the "bus-bar" fuse-box I have fitted to the starter solenoid so that the wiring is as direct and simple as possible.

See link here : viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5214

Image

The capilliary is still way too long but coils up neatly.

Image
Rory
3.8 OTS Cream 877393 Built May 28th 1962
1978 Mini Van
(plus bevel and belt single-cylinder Ducatis)

Link:
BBcode:
HTML:
Hide post links
Show post links