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Offline john k

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Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« on: April 26, 2017, 09:30:45 PM »
Work has been slow on the 41 Studebaker Commander.   Everytime I looked inside the rusty ugly gauge cluster bummed me out.  So I figured, 1941, everything will come apart.  It did, room under the dash wasn't too horrible either.  The gold letters turned out to be painted on the reverse of the glass.  They were painted in molded grooves in the glass actually.   Got a gold touchup pen, worked real good.   The rusty part was caused by rainwater coming around the windshield as the gasket dried out.  Actually just was rusty dust.   Cleaning it off left some discolored streaks though.   Bought a can of spray paint, real close to original.  The piece painted is sandwiched between the shell, glass, and gauges.  Gauges came out the back individually, no rust found in them.  Could have used a third hand putting it all together again.  Connections on the gauges were all post with nuts, old school.  Had the car running the other day,  when it gets warm again, will steal some time away from other things and get at the brakes.  I think the dash looks a bunch better,  now to do the same to the clock.
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 09:41:35 PM »
WoW , nice change. If the whole car comes out like that , you'll have a winner for sure.
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 09:44:47 PM »
That came out nice.  Is the button on the right below the cluster a starter button?  Or is the starter pedal under the accelerator?
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 09:54:28 PM »
WOW, Looks brand new!  beerdude
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 10:53:43 PM »
Very very nice work.
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 11:41:09 PM »
Very nice work -- I bet that took some time to get right. Well done --

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 12:01:25 AM »
Some previous owner added the starter button.  Studebaker had a step on button under the clutch pedal.  So this car has a Ford starter relay, and button, they did a nice job of it too.  Buick had a system where the gas pedal was pushed to the floor, switch was actually inside the carburetor.   Now if I can only get the upholstery back before summer hits.    The pic is of someone elses car, but what mine should look like when I spring for a pro paintjob. 

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 07:48:10 AM »
Wow that did turn out nice!!!
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 10:04:21 AM »
Nice job on the gauges john. Looks like you sent them out to be restored.

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017, 11:15:20 AM »
Very nicely done!

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2017, 11:21:53 AM »
Very nice job on the dash!!!!

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 03:41:42 PM »
The details are always the most time consuming. Looks real good
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2017, 03:56:56 PM »
My neighbor has two Studie 4 doors that are both the same color as that one! It must have been a very popular color. One is original with the back half of the car wearing a fresh (within the last 10 years or so) paint job and the front wearing its original finish. I asked John why he did not have the whole thing repainted and he said it was all he could afford to have done at the time! LOL  The second Studie John bought a few years back. I do not recall what his original plan was but as I recall the original plan was to strip some of the parts from the car for his other Studie. Well, once he got the second car he decided the interior was too nice to destroy the car so he turned the Studie into a rod. He dropped in a SBC engine and did a few other things and now he is regularly blasting all around town with the old girl! LOL
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 06:59:53 PM »
Bloody hell mate that look fab, nice job.
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2017, 07:07:57 PM »
Wow, that looks great!

Keep up the good work, next the clock, then the steering wheel beerdude
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2017, 10:22:22 AM »
Wow, that looks great!

Keep up the good work, next the clock, then the steering wheel beerdude

I am thinking that steering wheel might be just a little bit past saving.
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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2017, 02:59:15 PM »
The wheel is going to Shrock Bros. to be recast.   They do some great work.   All the old stuff had to come off anyway to be recast.   

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Re: Studebaker Speedo Cluster
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2017, 02:59:15 PM »