On all Spridgets, the oil pressure gauge is mechanical and thus it is very important that you know that the feed line for the gauge is in perfect shape. Why? Because if it fails, your car will bleed-out. This is a major artery and your oil pump will spill all your sump’s contents on the street (ask me how I know). It makes a huge mess too, under your hood and all over the road.
The artery in question runs from the engine block to a short rubber hose. That hose runs to a long metal line that feeds the gauge. On many cars we see, pieces are missing and/or the rubber is cracked and dried-out. So the most basic repair is to replace the rubber with fresh rubber that is good and strong. Please check yours today!
You can find the rubber for sale online, but it comes with super lame clamps and in which I have no confidence, particularly for my car’s carotid artery. We sell a rubber hose with clamps you can believe-in as you blast out of a corner with your foot to the floor.
Next you have to make sure the metal lines in your car have the correct barbs to give the rubber line something to capture so it will stay put. You’d be amazed how many of these little rubber lines will simply pull off their metal mates because the barb is long gone. We test them all on the cars that come through our shop. You’d be surprised how many are loose and close to letting go.
In our catalog, we are at work daily to find solutions that will keep these cars on the road with greater reliability. We now sell a new kit to ensure that your artery is healthy. Our fittings help ensure the rubber piece will stay put.