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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,465

    Mark in Japan

    Oil Pressure
    Oil Pressure

    Oil Temp
  2. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,994


    Watch your language young man, this is a family site! :D
  3. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,244

    Road Runner

    Anybody for sushi tonight ... ?
  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,755

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I thought it translated to "what the hell?"
  5. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,994


    Oh great, this means Stewart Warner started the whole ricer thing. Now someone is going to argue ricers are traditional!
  6. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,244

    Road Runner
    Member software can't translate even the simplest phrases sometimes.

    Can you imagine the instruction manual for these gauges, if printed today...?

    We would learn about a senseless variety of interpretations of 'oil pressure' as used by another culture and recklessly out of context.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  7. Tano
    Joined: May 3, 2010
    Posts: 85

    from Japan

  8. Ha Ha Ha!!!

    That's freakin' funny right there!

    Bring on the Honda CRX's...... :eek:
  9. Cali4niaCruiser
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 488


    Hah! Man I wanted his car when I was a kid. Wax on wax off...
  10. banzaitoyota
    Joined: May 2, 2004
    Posts: 547


    Those would be so nice in my off topic car. And yes I use to run 2TG Toy..... Hemi's
  11. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    Definitely different but I wouldn't have used them in my hot rods back in the early 50's. I did have the winged gages though but its very interesting bit of news and certainly some very unique gages.
  12. I may have the wrong dialect dialed in but Japaneese to English is "Is it hell one" here's the site...

    I translate it to "Rare as Hens Teeth" and will never be in my dash for many reasons.
  13. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,482

    from WA

  14. Acme Speed Shop
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 1,755

    Acme Speed Shop
    from so cal

    I really want a set now. I am going to forward these photos to my Japanese friends and see what is up.
  15. cheveey57
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 677


    X2 made in China sucks, but made in Japan is ok? Not in my book.
  16. Not on my car!
  17. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
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  18. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    ok, made in china sucks because it represents jobs "lost" due to cheap labour and materials. cheap enough to offset shipping AND still turn a tidy profit.

    These are the other way around. Betcha this is an example of US made parts being exported for a specific market. I suppose, on the circa 1953 "Japamb" message board, folks there would be 商品の品質に不満は海外製

    I think it's pretty cool.

    (google does a bad job of translating, eh?)
  19. I stopped using SW guages after a few bad episodes with their quality control, just plan bad is all I can say for them...I would rather they were still made in Japan that where they currently are made......
    I mean no disrespect to any ethnicity- but poor quality knows no single address,.....its the management that issues the" how to build" orders.
  20. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

  21. I would like to see pictures of the back of these gauges. Are there any actual markings on them that would identify them as S-W?
  22. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,337

    Member, and not any other night either. I only eat American food like pizza and tacos.
  23. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,465

    Mark in Japan

    this does have me hankering for some "Basashi".

    It's Raw Horse meat sashimi.....don't knock it til you've tried it!!!!!
  24. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,465

    Mark in Japan


    The Mrs. just told me that the bottom two gauges have modern kanji, but the top two feature a VERY old fashioned style of kanji, like centuries old, of the type that were used to fire up the nationalist intent before & during WW2?????

    Kind of like Brittish having WW2 gauges saying "Struggle Thence Gallant Knaves!!!"....


    There's always a lot of surprise from Westerners when Japanese dudes (& dudettes) pay such a genuine homage to hot rod culture (albeit with their own interesting spin to it), but it's actually very Japanese to hold the past in great reverence.
    Especially anything masculine & aggressive, eg "Samurai spirit", etc.
  25. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,015


    I can relate to the buzz seeing these dandys gives ya. I am such a junkie for vintage everything! These would be so awesome in a hot rod or a collection that someone I may know has!! Very f'n sweet! ~sololobo~
  26. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,197


    Japan isn't the 51st state?
  27. demmals7ytriht
    Joined: Jan 4, 2011
    Posts: 95

    from Speer lane

  28. Tano
    Joined: May 3, 2010
    Posts: 85

    from Japan

    Those gauges are written Yuatu-hyou, Yuon-hyou Denryu-hyou, on Kanji.
    But ammeter is Denryu-kei in Japan and we never call Denryu-hyou.
    Although Oil Temperature is Yuon-kei and an oil pressure is Yuatsu-kei, these gauge are written Yuatu-hyou and Yuon-hyou.

    It seems that the gauges are written hyou by Chinese Kanji (China style).
    And "hyou" is conversion table in Japan and we never use such expression for gauges.

    It cannot be assumed that such a SW gauges for Japan existed.
    Possibly kanji was written by not Stewart Warner but someone.
  29. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,064

    Bib Overalls

    Back in the 50s I remember reading about a red 28/29 Ford roadster with a track style nose and hood in Hot Rod Magazine that supposedly had a Ford flathead V8 out of a Japanese tank. I found that hard to believe (then and now) but Japan hijacked a lot of American technology and copied a lot of our designs before the war. In some cases the American and Japanese made parts were interchangeable. Both Ford and Chevrolet had factories in Japan before the war and 1939 truck models from both manufactures were adopted by the Japanese military. So, American designed and possibly American made gauges with Japanese script makes sense. There is a bit of info here:
  30. Trying to find a matching tach and speed-o is going to be a bitch...



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