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Old 07-18-2007, 05:07 PM   #1
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I started my professional life as a graphic designer. I think that background has a lot to do with my love for gauges. The graphical meets the mechanical... I have them sitting around everywher...

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Old 07-18-2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Black & White & Read All Over: Please Post Gauge Photos

Whew, nice stuff, can't compete with your collection but here's the gauges in my roadster set in one of Knecht Equip. Company's re-pop Auburn dash inserts. Gary
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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Default Re: Black & White & Read All Over: Please Post Gauge Photos

That's pretty nifty.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:01 PM   #4
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Coop- I like your shots of the guages in context w/ the dash--

Here's my Model A w/ 30 Buick dash with crap guages:
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:49 PM   #5
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Default Re: Black & White & Read All Over: Please Post Gauge Photos

I like the looks of that '30 Buick dash. Cool!

I'll find some more dashboard photos to put up.
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:20 PM   #6
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:16 PM   #7
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Man that second to last shot of the elliot brothers setup is sweet let me wipe off my drool real kwik...thanks for posting
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:37 PM   #8
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Too bad that third one was made upside-down,
makes it hard to read.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:14 AM   #9
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Default Black & White & Read All Over: Please Post Gauge Photos



I started my professional life as a graphic designer. I think that background has a lot to do with my love for gauges. The graphical meets the mechanical... I have th...

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Old 07-20-2007, 08:34 AM   #10
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Shit... I just totally fucked this thread up with my blog script... Hey Coop, can you add your photos back?
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:47 AM   #11
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Shit... I just totally fucked this thread up with my blog script... Hey Coop, can you add your photos back?
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:57 AM   #12
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Here is a pic of the instr. panel on the Venus, circa 1953. I have scrutinized this photo very closely and have found that there are two separate styles of gages that my Dad used. Problem is, I can't tell the manufacturer on any of them. I always assumed Stewart Warner, but their experts can't identify them either (or could have cared less). I could be wrong, but I don't think SW had logos on some of their gauges back then.

I plan to have Classic Instruments (?) build me a complete matching set based on the style of the speedometer in this pic. I would like to add a second large RPM gauge, but that will throw off the "authenticity" that I'm trying to achieve with this restoration. I may also have them design a temp gauge with dual needles for right and left side of flathead. I was initially thinking about using the SW "Wings" series, but have since decided against it. I also personally like the RPM gauges that ramp up/down in steps rather than a smooth linear motion...those are way cool! We'll see; I'm at least a year away from having to worry about gauges!

PS: Anyone recognize that rear-view mirror?


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Old 07-20-2007, 09:01 AM   #13
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Graphics...I think 1940's commercial, military SW's are the acme of graphic design for actual useability, and have the beauty of pure, perfect function.
The last half of the 1930's in cars was the acme of decorative graphics...faces, lenses, panels, shapes all went deco nuts, producing effects from "Chrysler Building" to "Salvador Dali"...particularly independents, Hudson, etc. After that, the age of the little rectangular electric gauges brought in boring gauges (Though oft in neat panels) too small in size and sweep for real functional beauty...
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:27 AM   #14
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I dig old gauges.....a club member recently gave me a US Gauge Co. water temp gauge for my truck. It's larger than the others I've seen, @ 2 1/2", slightly curved glass, 0-212* range, has a patina'd brass bezel and the cover over the capillary is woven copper......

It's pretty neat.......just installed it two nights ago........
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:08 AM   #15
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cool

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Old 07-20-2007, 11:21 AM   #16
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That mirror looks identical to the original mirror in my MG TD.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:59 AM   #17
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Great stuff. Being a designer myself, I completely understand the the draw. You all know about the book titled "Dashboards" right? ... by David Holland ISBN 0-7148-3863-2
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:04 PM   #18
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theses are some pics of the gauges in my little lakester rod english smith speedo and petrol and temp gauges in harley bullet light houseings
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:07 PM   #19
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This is my collection. A vintage boat dashpanel and Studebaker Golden Hawk gauges. All of them will end up in the dash of my 33 Ford coupe.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:30 PM   #20
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are these the photos that you wanted added?


Just goes to show what a nice wooden display case can do to dress up car parts that would otherwise look junky anywhere else! Works well with old fishing reels and lures too!
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