Lotus Elan

Smiths instrument manufacturers

PostPost by: checkrail » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:32 pm

Hi everyone. Has anyone done business with the current manufacturers of Smiths instruments or the equivalent,
namely 'Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd' of Swansea? They have a very comprehensive website.

I emailed them about a new 60 p.s.i oil sender unit to suit my original gauge on my Plus 2 (PT 1817/06), I know this part no. is obsolete. After waiting several days for a reply I sent a reminder --- still nothing so I phoned and spoke to
their receptionist, explained what I wanted and said she would contact an engineer.

I received an email from him and yes he could supply a modern matching unit correct pressure for my gauge.

Their part no.1813/06, just under £40 +vat, did I wish to go ahead? I replied yes would.

That was a week last Thursday and have since heard nothing, I sent a ' what's happened to my order' yesterday
and still nothing. I don't know what their p&p or payment methods are.

If this is how they conduct their business I am very wary of them. Any comments, Regards John
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:47 pm

Well, I hope you have better luck than I have had so far.

I have wanted a dual gauge for my 69 S4 that has 0-100 psi oil pressure instead of 0-60 (original). In fact such 0-100 psi gauges already exist from earlier Elan series but in a different font. But, I want a 0-100 psi gauge in the correct font for the S4/Sprint. Such a gauge does not exist.

I contacted Caerbont in November 2017 with my requirement. After much explaining they finally understood what I was looking for: dual gauge, 0-100psi, Lotus S4/Sprint font. They indicated that they would have to do the artwork to create this but it shouldn't be too much trouble.

Well, it is now almost a year and half later and no joy. My correspondence had escalated to the Managing Director, Gavin Roberts, who had promised me several times that the requested gauge production was underway. However, I have not been able to get any response (repeated emails) from the MD for the last 6 months. Next step is to telephone them (I am in California). But, I may have to abandon my quest for this new gauge.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:49 pm

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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:53 pm

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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:58 pm

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