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Special Sports fuel sender

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Special Sports fuel sender

Post by Eric990j » Thu May 30, 2019 9:04 pm

Hi all

I’m after some advice to replace the fuel sender in my Special Sports, David Beals had one in his web page but that’s disappeared now and it was £80. On eBay I can see other sender units about £25 which may do the job too. Like this one;

Fuel Tank Sensor Sender Sending Gauge 6 / 12V System + Gasket Willys CJ Jeep
BRAND NEW FUEL TANK LEVEL SENSOR GAUGE SENDING UNIT. The unit Comes complete with mounting gasket and float. The Float sits inside the tank to give accurate reading to gauge. This can be used on 6 or 12 volt current systems. The arm of the gauge measures 5" to the center of the float and the dia of the assembly is 3"
FUEL tank sending unit Ohm range is 186 Ohm on full fuel level & 12 Ohm on low fuel level.

3” is right and 5” on the arm seems good from measuring the tank, what do you think? The car is positive earth still, will that matter? What ohms do I need !

Many thanks


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Re: Special Sports fuel sender

Post by Marcel Renshaw » Thu May 30, 2019 10:11 pm

I think the unit used on DB18's is wired different to the convention. Most sender units would end up reading full when empty and empty when full.

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Re: Special Sports fuel sender

Post by Pendle » Fri May 31, 2019 1:04 pm

I replaced the sender on one of my Conquests. The key is understanding the resistance range of the sender (ohms). From my recollection, the Conquest sender is supposed to be 0-30 ohms. I found that the early (pre 1960s) General Motors (US) senders were of the same range, so I used one of these. I had to modify the fitting screw pattern from 5 screws to 6. The new sender has worked well for the past 5 years. I did not experience the issue that Marcel is alluding to - but perhaps the SS unit is different.
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Re: Special Sports fuel sender

Post by Eric990j » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:34 pm

I ordered a 5” version off eBay for £10. Works really well and the holes lined up too. I thought for the price I might as well try it.
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Re: Special Sports fuel sender

Post by Db n j » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:59 pm


Thanks for the update - looks like a good solution - be good if you could clarify the seller / details.



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