Speedo Dial in kmh

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#1 Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:29 am

I am interested simply in adding kph to the dial I am happy to maintain the smiths speedo in mph
The vehicle is S3 1971 XKE with a speedo part number of SN-6332/06. 1216
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#2 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by mark10337 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:03 pm

Replacement gauge faces are available from some of the usual suppliers. However, I haven't seen one with both mph and kmh on the same dial. It is either one or the other.
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#3 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by Series1 Stu » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:00 pm

Hi

These people might be able to help. They do replacement faces and they might be able to do one calibrated in both speeds. Maybe you could buy a blank and have a sign writer paint it for you?

http://www.heiler-tachodesign.de/Gauge- ... h-to-Kmh-2

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#4 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:48 pm

Thanks Stuart
Great lateral thought
I haven't liked concept of decal, but signwriter is a good fallback if Heiler don't have solution
Rgds,
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#5 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by mark10337 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:19 pm

Please let us know how you get on. The polycarbonat dial face they picture does have the full beam light in the wrong place for an etype. I also suspect that their faces will be flat, whereas the original is a formed shape - dished into the middle. I expect this is to allow for the height of the jewels for the full beam, ignition and low fuel lights.
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#6 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:36 pm

Thank Mark
Will do
I have sent photo to Heiler
Let's see what they come up with
Is smiths still in existence...? There was a period that all speedos in Australia had both speeds when there was a conversion from imperial to metric in the 1970s.
Some of our gen x offspring can't understand why we switch our thinking ( still) both ways between inches and cm!
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#7 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:04 am

Dear Team
Heiler unable to assist
Have written to smiths
Will let you know how I go
Sign writer starting to look like the way to go...
Rgds,
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#8 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by mark10337 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:56 pm

SNG and SC both stock kmh versions, I suspect from the same supplier - probably Smiths.
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#9 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:58 am

Just thought I would update
In Australia, Howard Instruments in box hill are helpful, as are the new owners of Smiths in the UK.
I recently learned of the inoffensive Heads Up Display (HUD) which is governed by GPS, & can plug into cig lighter or be hard wired.
I will maintain original speedo, & add the HUD, that way dash remains original
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#10 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by JJC » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:06 am

Yup.....use the HUD, and leave the Smiths as is. Best bet. No doubt , somebody can paint up a duel speedo, but I would guess costly, and might appear a bit on the 'busy' side in appearance. Good luck !

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#11 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by lowact » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:01 pm

mark10337 wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:56 pm
SNG and SC both stock kmh versions, I suspect from the same supplier - probably Smiths.
SNGB product code = "kphface". Bolt one of these on and yr speedo is immediately kph while the odometer still counts in miles. If you want to change the odometer also, so that it counts in km, you need to change the gear that drives the odometer. How to do this is included in this paper:
http://www.tr3a.info/PDFs/speedo.pdf
I think legally yr not supposed to tamper with the odometer?
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#12 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by kingzetts » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:42 pm

A couple of years ago I had my speedo repaired at Speedograph Richfield and asked them to add a kph scale when they were in there.


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It’s not by any means perfect, but I find it helpful on my regular trips on the Continent. I’ve tried a GPS HUD and found it useless in bright sunlight, plus the GPS seemed to be reluctant to update on too many occasions.
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#13 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by S3FHC71 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:56 pm

Thanks John
Nice work on the speedo
My regular driver has HUD as standard, & have found it to be quite good, though I agree that it takes a while to get used to
We can nitpick on everything
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#14 Re: Speedo Dial in kmh

Post by JJC » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:12 pm

Hey....that looks great !! Well done.

John

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