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Old 09-30-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default 1959 Speed Shop Part 2: Gauges!

On the back side of the Hot Rod Revolution, its time to get back into the 1959 Almquist catalog and flip to our next chapter after manifolds. What is ...

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Old 09-30-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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On the back side of the Hot Rod Revolution, its time to get back into the 1959 Almquist catalog and flip to our next chapter after manifolds. What is ...

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Interesting to note that the catalog shows S-W's with the big logo, small logo, blue line, and wings, so any of these would be correct for a (very) late Fifties build.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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vintage gauges give me wood.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:52 PM   #4
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I like when I see the mix and matching of gauge needles and such done by the MFG. I am also a gauge nut but still have a ton learning to do. I don't nearly know the differences as well as I should and would like to learn a shit load more about European gauge building an use.

Almquist catalogs are the shit!!! I could study them for days!!!

I have a 5" Script Stewart Warner Tach with a crescent style needle that I would like to find out more about. I want to know what they were originally meant for? It does not appear that they were intended for Hot Rods though.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:46 PM   #5
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I think it's the same thing that draws most folks to the cockpit of a vintage plane as well....something about all those gauges and meters!! They are works of art in themselves. I think that the dash of the car can make it or really break it. On a small scale, it's kinda like being drawn to mission control at Houston...all those dials and needles!!
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Interesting to note that the catalog shows S-W's with the big logo, small logo, blue line, and wings, so any of these would be correct for a (very) late Fifties build.
According to what i read They stopped making big logo's in 57or 58, and wings in 53 or 54, and convex in '56?
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:07 PM   #7
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I have a 5" Script Stewart Warner Tach with a crescent style needle that I would like to find out more about. I want to know what they were originally meant for? It does not appear that they were intended for Hot Rods though.
Could have been Military or Industrial- Lots of those around:

http://www.roadsters.com/sw/#military
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:16 PM   #8
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I want one of those mini-tachs!
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:41 AM   #9
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According to what i read They stopped making big logo's in 57or 58, and wings in 53 or 54, and convex in '56?
around 56 -58 we just wanted to use SW gauges, but i didnt see the wings, or i would have got them. later on I saw wings in older rods. I do recall the blue ones but even then we were somewhat traditional, and I didnt go for those, too fancy, as i recall I was sorta traditional even back then, when we were putting a lotta new gadgets on, ie 4 speeds, automatic trans,open drives, etc.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:48 AM   #10
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According to what i read They stopped making big logo's in 57or 58, and wings in 53 or 54, and convex in '56?
That's my understanding, too. That is why I found it interesting that they were all in the 1959 catalog. Either it is wrong that they had stopped making them, or there were a lot still unsold by 1959. Either way, they would be correct for a period built at least to 1959, since they were still being sold.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:01 AM   #11
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the blue gauges were around for awhile, in customs and such,but it wasnt 'cool' to have them in a roadster in my locale, we had some older rodders around the riverside area, [both lakes and drag racers] and us youngsters followed thier lead. I mean if you had a rod and they looked it over at the drive in, and didnt have a good response we knew we screwed somethin up. ggggg. If you had a beater and thats all you could afford, the work couldnt be 'mickey mouse'.
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