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Marky Harvey

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Dial gauge
« on: April 25, 2021, 06:38:19 PM »

Hi

Just wondered if anyone could recommend a dial gauge suitable for helping with my engine rebuild?

Thanks
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 06:47:02 PM »

ebay found me this

auction: #384066491545

not used  / familiar with it but it should do the job you want it to
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2021, 06:58:28 PM »

That loos like just a holder Alex!

Any DTI would do, I have used RDG tools https://www.rdgtools.co.uk/ for my precision measuring equipment.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2021, 07:16:31 PM »

That loos like just a holder Alex!

"Dial Test Indicator DTI Gauge + Flexible Magnetic Base Holder Stand"
 - from the actual listing !!
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 08:05:24 PM »

For info, I bought the magnetic clamp and arm. Really good item.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 08:20:03 PM »

That looks like just a holder Alex!
"Dial Test Indicator DTI Gauge + Flexible Magnetic Base Holder Stand"
 - from the actual listing !!

That means it's a 'Holder Stand' that can be used for a DTI.
Read the pictures, please.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2021, 08:38:21 PM »

Look up chronos and warco. You can pick up dti gauges pretty easily on fb or eBay. I would go for used old stuff like verdict or Moore and Wright. However like I mentioned the stand is great. I had a magnetic base with solid arms and it’s rubbish.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2021, 11:16:40 PM »

That means it's a 'Holder Stand' that can be used for a DTI.
Read the pictures, please.

I am sure that the description would carry more weight than a picture, as far as trading standards go David So "read the words" would be more apt.

I agree that it is for a holder

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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2021, 11:00:06 AM »

Another good company I have used in the past is....
https://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/default.aspx

What are you using the dial indicator for, just finding TDC and maybe the peak of the cam lift? I have rebuilt a number of 2286 engine and don't recall ever needing one.

Craig.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2021, 12:43:53 PM »

Another good company I have used in the past is....
https://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/default.aspx

What are you using the dial indicator for, just finding TDC and maybe the peak of the cam lift? I have rebuilt a number of 2286 engine and don't recall ever needing one.

Craig.

Also used for measuring crankshaft end float.


As with all measuring tools of this ilk I go for old tools of reputable manufacture. If looked after well they are far better quality than most cheap modern stuff. However, pretty much every cheap DTI available is more than accurate enough for the uses it'll get on restoring an engine/Land Rover. A decent stand is probably more important than the DTI itself to be honest, in my personal experience.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2021, 01:07:07 PM »

Another good company I have used in the past is....
https://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/default.aspx

What are you using the dial indicator for, just finding TDC and maybe the peak of the cam lift? I have rebuilt a number of 2286 engine and don't recall ever needing one.

Craig.

I suspect that this is the first engine rebuild, so why not do it by the book (or forum !) and get it right first time ?
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2021, 03:05:35 PM »

Another good company I have used in the past is....
https://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/default.aspx

What are you using the dial indicator for, just finding TDC and maybe the peak of the cam lift? I have rebuilt a number of 2286 engine and don't recall ever needing one.

Craig.

Yep just using it for the cam lift.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2021, 03:12:03 PM »

Only curious as I'm not sure the cam timing is that adjustable is it? Been a while since I rebuilt a 2286 to be fair.

Last engine I rebuilt was a Rover V8 but the timing pulleys on that only have one position they can go on so you can't get it wrong and you can't adjust it if it is out. Some performance engines have a Vernier pulley that can be adjusted then locked in place to get the valve timing exactly where you want it.
My Chevy V8 has a three position cam pulley so you can set it 3° advanced, 3° retarded or in the stock position. As the cam was ground for the best performance in the stock position I used that slot.

Still a useful thing to have in the garage though. Can be used for wheel bearing float, gearbox rebuilds, etc.

Craig.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2021, 10:49:28 PM »

Only curious as I'm not sure the cam timing is that adjustable is it? Been a while since I rebuilt a 2286 to be fair.


Land Rover supplied the cam sprocket for the series 1 and 2 with 6 keyways and each key position allowed for a different timing setting so there was a fair amount of ( fine ) adjustment built in.
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Re: Dial gauge
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2021, 02:07:28 PM »

My dial gauge stand came this morning - from the eBay link ^^^

You just get the stand - you need to provide your own gauge - the eBay description must have got mixed up in the Chinese translation.

It is a sturdy, strong bit of kit, well made. Well worth the money IMHO.

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