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Smiths Gauge Face Overlays for Non-Volvo
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Updated: October 18, 2021    
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JAGUAR PROJECT
In response to some requests I have begun developing some new overlays for restoring Smiths gauges. These overlays are made in the same manner as other overlays in my other gauge overlay pages.  All overlays are printed on vinyl with a self-adhesive back and a matte (non-glare) UV resistant finish.  Applying a vinyl overlay can be an inexpensive way of restoring a gauge that otherwise might never be restored.

There are TWO overlay pieces for each gauge. The front piece is made to cover the portion of the gauge with text, but there is a thin curved portion that will not be covered.  That area will be exposed, so you will probably need to paint it.

More faces can be added.  If you need a Smiths face not shown, have questions or if you can help contribute, please email.

1963-64 JAGUAR E-TYPE
This customer needed an oil pressure gauge. He had a Smiths donor gauge with an incorrect rear face plate, which was to be converted (FIRST photo).  I developed the overlay to match the correct gauge based on information supplied by the customer (SECOND photo).  The customer then installed the overlay on the rear face plate. The LAST photo shows this installation.  The front face plate was not restored at this time, however it can now be done as well (CLICK HERE).
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Overlays for Smiths Jaguar.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for FUEL gauge.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for Oil Pressure gauge.
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Smiths REAR overlay for 100 PSI Oil Pressure gauge.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for WATER gauge.
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Smiths REAR overlay for 110 Celcius Water Temp gauge.
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Smiths (LUCAS) FRONT overlay for AMPS gauge.
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Smiths (LUCAS) REAR overlay for AMPS gauge.
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MORGAN PROJECT
A customer with a 1966 Morgan 4/4 was in need of a new face for a temperature gauge. Since a temp sender for the Morgan gauge is NLA, his plan was to place the overlays on a Triumph or MG/B gauge using a sender that was still available.


There are TWO overlay pieces for each gauge. The front piece is made to cover the portion of the gauge with text, but there is a thin curved portion that will not be covered.  That area will be exposed, so you will probably need to paint it.

More faces can be added.  If you need a Smiths face not shown, have questions or if you can help contribute, please email.

1966 MORGAN 4/4
The font style that was used on this gauge for Morgan is different from other Smiths gauges on this page. Also this temp gauge has two limiting pins, which can be seen better in the third photo below. The restoration overlays below are available with the holes for these pins or without the holes. Limiting pins do NOT need to be removed prior to installing an overlay. The overlay without pin holes is offered in case you want to install it on a temp gauge without the limiting pins or if you plan to remove them permanently.
   
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Overlays for Smiths Morgan.
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  Smiths FRONT overlay for TEMP gauge.
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Smiths REAR overlay for TEMP gauge (with limiting pin holes).
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Smiths REAR overlay for TEMP gauge (WITHOUT limiting pins).
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TRIUMPH PROJECT
In response to requests I have begun developing some new overlays for restoring Smiths Triumph gauges.
These overlays are made in the same manner as other overlays in my other gauge overlay pages.  All overlays are printed on vinyl with a self-adhesive back and a matte (non-glare) UV resistant finish.  Applying a vinyl overlay can be an inexpensive way of restoring a gauge that otherwise might never be restored.

There are TWO overlay pieces for each gauge. The front piece is made to cover the portion of the gauge with text, but there is a thin curved portion that will not be covered.  That area will be exposed, so you will probably need to paint it.

More faces can be added.  If you need a Smiths face not shown, have questions or if you can help contribute, please email.

1968 - 1972 TRIUMPH
Original and un-restored face plates are shown here. Face plates were provided to me by a customer, so I was able to precisely design the below overlays.




1973 - 1976 TRIUMPH
Original and un-restored face plates are shown here. Face plates were provided to me by a customer, so I was able to precisely design the below overlays.


INSTALLATION EXAMPLES
Here is a photo sent by a customer.
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Overlays for Smiths Triumph 1968-72.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for TEMP 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for TEMP 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for OIL 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for OIL 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for FUEL 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for FUEL 1968-72 Triumph.
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Smiths (Lucas) FRONT overlay for AMPS 1968-72 Triumph.
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  Smiths (Lucas) REAR overlay for AMPS 1968-72 Triumph.
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Overlays for Smiths Triumph 1973-76.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for TEMP 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for TEMP 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for OIL 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for OIL 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for FUEL 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for FUEL 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths FRONT overlay for VOLTS 1973-76 Triumph.
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Smiths REAR overlay for VOLTS 1973-76 Triumph.
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INSTALLATION INFORMATION
The below information will offer some general information on how these overlays work. At this time I do not have specific instructions for disassembling the above Smiths gauges, however I have created disassembly instructions for other gauges. Those are listed below.  They should help with your general understanding of how overlays will work for these gauges.

Adhesion Promoter (or primer) is strongly recommended to improve the installation of gauge face overlays. If your car may be subjected to high interior temperatures (parked outside) the adhesive on the back of an overlay can soften and over time it can allow the edges to lift. Applying a little adhesion promoter on the face plate edges will greatly improve adhesion. For convenience, a cotton swab is included with this single use packet. This isn't some mythical snake-oil. It has been tested and works great.

Applying this stuff is easy. Dip the cotton swab in the liquid and smear the edges of the face plates where the overlay will be. It dries in seconds.  CAUTION: Using this stuff makes things stick very well, so be careful when placing the overlay down. It will be harder to lift and re-position if needed. Stuff like this can be found everywhere on-line.
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As you can see here, the surface condition of this Smiths front face plate is pretty poor.  It needs some cleaning before it can be used for this purpose, but aside from that, the below pictured overlay will demonstrate how a front vinyl overlay fits.  This overlay has been designed to cover all of the visible surface, except for a portion of the thin upper ring.  It has been found through testing that trying to cover more that this with vinyl would be extremely difficult and prone to failure during installation.  By limiting the coverage area to the overlay shown below, the chance of a successful restoration becomes excellent.  Cleaning and repainting the face plate that will still be visible with an appropriate matte, flat or non-glare black paint before applying an overlay will help the overlay blend in. Once the covered face plate is installed in the gauge behind glass, it will be hard to see that it's not original.


Installing an overlay on the Smiths rear face plate is also a simple process. Of course cleaning the surface must be done before installing an overlay. A smooth surface will produce nice results. Painting the rear face plate will not be necessary. The overlay needs to be centered and the oval window lined up as accurately as possible with the overlay.  There are holes cut for viewing to help you line the overlay with the oval window. 
 


The final step is to use a sharp hobby knife to slowly and carefully trim the window. Since the overlay is installed, you can use the edge of the window as a guide for your knife.


Other Gauge Disassembly or Overlay
Installation Guide PDF Files.

These installation guides were made fore Volvo gauges, but they will offer a good deal of guidance if you need it.

Volvo 1800 Smiths Gauges
https://www.davebarton.com/pdf/1800faceinstall.pdf  (0.4mb PDF)
Volvo 240 52 mm VDO Gauges
https://www.davebarton.com/pdf/52mmfaceinstall.pdf   (0.5mb PDF)
Volvo 240 VDO R-Sport Gauges
https://www.davebarton.com/pdf/240FaceInstallR-Sportgauges.pdf   (0.4mb PDF)

If you need any face overlay installation or gauge restoration services, I can recommend Roger at RP Rsports. His contact information may be found at

https://www.davebarton.com/coolvolvoproducts.html#rprsports






Adhesion Promoter (or primer) is strongly recommended to improve the installation of gauge face overlays. If your car may be subjected to high interior temperatures (parked outside) the adhesive on the back of an overlay can soften and over time it can allow the edges to lift. Applying a little adhesion promoter on the face plate edges will greatly improve adhesion. For convenience, a cotton swab is included with this single use packet. This isn't some mythical snake-oil. It has been tested and works great.

Applying this stuff is easy. Dip the cotton swab in the liquid and smear the edges of the face plates where the overlay will be. It dries in seconds.  CAUTION: Using this stuff makes things stick very well, so be careful when placing the overlay down. It will be harder to lift and re-position if needed. Stuff like this can be found everywhere on-line.



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