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  1. Ned Ludd
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    Here's another sourcebook-type thread of ideas and inspirations. Weird gauges; the weirdest will probably be speedometers, but who knows? Vertical drums, horizontal drums, fixed needles, perpendicular needles, transparent-disc needles, ribbons, helical-pointer drums. What have you got?
     
  2. Ned Ludd
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    I'll start. Vertical helical-pointer drum speedometer on a Mercedes-Benz "Fintail", 1959-on:
    [​IMG]

    Early Saab speedometers worked on the same principle, but horizontal:
    [​IMG]

    This is what the rotating drum looks like:
    [​IMG]

    BMC ADO16 speedometers used a flexible ribbon, I believe:
    s-l400.jpg
    s-l400b.jpg

    If this could come out of the rather utilitarian orientation of the European motor industry, I'm sure the far more flamboyant American industry will have more. Let's see some.
     
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    7919E7B0-9CCF-4F40-8AAC-23FE8EA3B817.jpeg EB09A807-6F22-4BEF-9196-2CC2D8B0DAA1.jpeg

    66-69 Lincoln’s used this style it spun and lengthened almost like a thermometer
    Started out white and at 65 or so went red!
    I loved that car n all it’s little gimmicks and “luxury items”
     
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  4. Paul
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    Around 1960 Oldsmobile had them.
    I had a couple '62s that would show a horizontal line that would go green to about 35 then orange to about 65 then red till it buried at 120..
     
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  5. Paul
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    The vertical is cool, like a thermometer
     
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  6. blowby
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    This should be a fun thread, whatever heterodox means. I hate it when Ned uses those big words.

    Not much to add, except I noticed my recently acquired '56 Vette has an odometer in the tach. I asked ScottyT what the heck, 'cause the speedo already has one. He says it counts up the revs. Hmm, still don't quite get that.
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    Love my '51 Ford lighted circle needle.. IMG_0236.JPG
     
  8. What are the little lights indicating?
     
  9. seb fontana
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    ""What are the little lights indicating?""

    All the usual stuff; headlites, high beam, park lights, acc, turn signal and some odd stuff, trans filter oil pump, line loc [in the shadow of the tach], fuel pump, reverse, oil filter [Oberg by pass] and I think one [at least] hasn't been assigned yet over the last 52 years. May be carb secondary opening candidate.:)
     
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  10. Ned Ludd
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    1959 Buick:
    [​IMG]

    1961 Oldsmobile:
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    Here's an Olds drum:
    s-l225.jpg
     
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    My -41 De Soto. Skärmavbild 2020-07-10 kl. 14.04.23.png
     
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  13. Ned Ludd
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    The action was conventional enough, but the 1947-8 Nash speedometer had the numerals printed on the lens:
    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Ned Ludd
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    Many early speedometers used drums or discs behind fixed pointers, e.g. this '20s Packard:
    1920s-packard-speedometer-clock-tesla_1_dd2350fdef890469b7cccf067cacd64e.jpg

    As, of course did the familiar '28-'29 Model A:
    early A.jpg

    Changed to a conical drum for '30-'31:
    late A.jpg
     
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    Love that '20s Packard panel,
    everything you need to know right there.
     
  16. WB69
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    The 59 Buick is almost hard to comprehend. Definitely has a lot going on there.
     
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    Don't forget the 1957& 1958 Mercury's . It was 2 spools that wound the colored tape as speed increased.
     
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  18. birdman1
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    Hour meter??
     
  19. Ned Ludd
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    Was that an actual ribbon or tape or a drum?
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. 62SY4
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    '56-'58 Studebaker sedans had drum type speedometers, '56-'57 sedans also had color changing drum type indicators for the fuel level, amperage, coolant temperature and oil pressure. Sorry no pictures...
     
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    Here is a 60 Buick mirror speedometer I repaired. Hey it could be considered the first heads up display. BUICK 1.jpeg BUICK 4.jpeg BUICK 6.jpeg BUICK 8.jpeg BUICK 9.jpeg BUICK 12.jpeg BUICK 14.jpeg BUICK 13.jpeg
     
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