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Currently the Vitesse has the standard set of gauges, with the original temp gauge replaced with a combination oil pressure water temp, possibly originating from a MG. I have added a console under the dash for a radio and 12v power supply for sat nav etc. Also created three 52mm holes with intention of adding additional gauges. I only want to add what is really useful, so first on the list was an AFR gauge, though may have to wait a while, a bit pricey. 2nd in line would be an oil temp gauge, then 3rd I was thinking of a Volt metre. Looking on eBay some of the unbranded gauges seem to be very good value compared to the known brands. Wondering if they would be worth a punt, really chip as chips, maybe the known brands are just overpriced, can't be a lot of material costs in a digital gauge?

So what your thoughts on  which gauges to add, and the cheap eBay gauges?

Thanks 

Mark

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Voltmeter from Dolomite should be easy and cheap.

Having just added oil temp and AFR myself I can’t really argue with those choices. Vacuum gauges used to be popular too.

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It was your Vitesse thread that got me thinking of oil temp gauge, something I've not considered, but after running the car I noticed how much more  heat there is under the bonnet with the 6-3-1 manifold. also the three secondaries running under the car, should be nice and cosy in the winter. 

Where did you fit the oil Temp sender? Was thinking of fitting a T off the oil pressure take off on the side of the block. 

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A t piece is not ideal as it isn't in the oil flow. If you have a spin-off filter, I believe the adaptor can be drilled and tapped. I used an adapter ring so my oil temp sender replaced the sump plug. But eventually decided I had enough of "worry" gauges. And Vacuum gauges are horrendously distracting, you end up constantly watching the thing. Likewise, the afr gauge can be a problem. Try to use one that is undistracting as possible, and forget it is there! Mine is too bright and numerical.bi must investigate how to turn the brightness right down.

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Oil temp sensor is fitted in the main oil gallery between pump and filter in the gallery plug just above the relief valve. Functionally it’s a good location, practically is PITA if you have a spin on conversion. You need a short filter. Pic on page 3 of my Vitesse project thread.

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