The new fuel sender has arrived from Craddocks in the UK. Time to see how much fuel is in the tank.

New and old.


It’s a shame the float is plastic. I could have changed it over but a fellow Land Rover enthusiast has offered to repair the original item so I’ll keep all the parts together. I like the rubber buffer on the new float though, it prevents it knocking (irritatingly) on the top / bottom of the tank at high and low tide.


Rheostats side by side


First thing to do was to check the new sender actually works before fitting. To do this a resistance test is done on the rheostat.

With the float set in the “empty” position a resistance of 34 Ohms is recored


… and the corresponding reading for a full tank is 82 Ohms. These figures aren’t required for any sort of calibration, they simply prove the unit works correctly


But before final fitment, I jury-rigged the unit to earth and connected the negative wire. With the circuit complete, the gauge should work…


… which it did 🙂


Oddly, when the float is set to the empty position, the tank will still read as being 1/4 full. Best keep an eye on that.


Time to fit everything back together…

The original screws were used with some new stainless steel flat and spring washers. I also cleaned the heads of the screws on a piece of wet and dry


Gasket in place and float going in at an angle


On reconsideration, I applied some sealant to both sides of the gasket… just incase.


Sender fitted, sealed in place and cable attached


Time to put the cover plate on. I decided not to use the 6 nuts and bolts as they were a pain to get out due to the proximity to the top of the tank. I wanted to have better access so some spire screws were used. These can be unscrewed (as the name suggests) from outside of the seat box… much more convenient.

Ready for the cover


First of all the redundant holes need to be filled to keep things tidy


A 9mm rubber grommet in each hole sorted this problem


Frame is drilled front and rear, cleats tapped into place and two spire screws offered up


Repeat on the rear of the frame, drill matching holes in the cover and screw down.


Cubby box, seat base and floor mat back in place


Job done…