Here’s an add-on voltmeter and bracket you might like. We put one in a customers car so he can watch his new genernator at work. In the short video below, you can see battery voltage at rest with the engine off, and you can watch the voltage increase as the genernator starts to spin. The gauge verifies that our new alternator disguised as a Bugeye generator delivers a healthy output at lower RPMs than the standard generator. The product is also lighter with better bearings.
As far as supplemental gauges, the dashboard shown here is non-stock but also somewhat typical. This is a later Sprite/Midget dashboard installed in a Bugeye. You can tell because it has a smaller center-mounted ignition key.
In this dash, we have fit our new GPS driven speedometer, a new electronic tachometer, and now a voltmeter. This particular new gauge is made by VDO, but we have new Smiths gauges on the way, if you would like to add a voltmeter to your car too while retaining a more British appearance.
We have mounted this VDO gauge under the dash to avoid drilling through the vinyl dash cover and dashboard. The under-dash bracketing also suggests that the gauge can be easily removed should someone in the future want to return their Sprite to a more stock appearance. But it’s a nice supplement to any Spridget, and I doubt anyone would ever regret supplementing their dashboard this useful information about the charging system. It’s easy to wire up and easy to mount.
We have located the gauge off-center so that it is out of the way of your knuckles while shifting. I should also be out of the way for most knees. We have set it back behind the dash a bit so it takes a back seat to the factory metal dashboard.
Thanks to Len M for lending his 5-speed Bugeye “Hinkley” for these upgrade and for the photos!