Restoration of Tilley fuel gauges for FL5, FL6 etc.

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  1. R100

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    I have recently successfully tackled the restoration of fuel gauges on both my FL5 and FL6 lamps. Having read a number of threads on here about the topic and the difficulty in obtaining replacements and understanding the frustration of a gauge not working, I have produced the PDF file as an illustrated guide to how I tackled the issue. I am sure that the are other ways but this is my way and the method I will employ should I need to restore another. Of course I am open to suggestions as to how I could improve or simplify the process and I am happy to answer any questions which you may have.

    Finally, do let us know if you decide to try it.
     

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    @R100 Great stuff! Of course, if the gauge/needle is missing, as on mine, something a bit more radical is required to scratch-build.

    John
     
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    Hi John,
    Your post is interesting and I did initially search for a suitable compass to replace my gauge in its entirety, but without luck. Could I ask how you relocated the pointer pivots between the fron and rear glass?
     
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    A slot in the clear plastic cylindrical component separating front and back glasses allowed access to tweezers holding the tip of the pointer.
     
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    Ah yes. Thank you. I was hoping you had discovered an easier way than mine when dealing with original gauges.

    How the heck did they do it when originally manufactured?
     
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    How indeed!
     
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    Warning: I wanted to buy these compasses, (found by following links), to have a go at making one for my FL6. The seller obviously have had something go wrong with their postage. Luckily, I spotted it in time before finalising purchase. I will write to them to see if they can fix this as they appear to have a good reputation.

    Stay safe.

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