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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lothiandon1940, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. Thought all of you '40 Ford guys would appreciate this new cluster from Classic Instruments. I'm sure it's not cheap, but I would love to have one. 1940_Ford_OE_Black.jpg
     
  2. 4dFord/SC
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    Only $975, and it's yours.
     
  3. ..........................................OUCH!!
     
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  4. 4dFord/SC
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    I feel your pain:)
     
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  5. 40Vert
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    Sure is clean and nice though.


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  6. 48FordFanatic
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    Well it looks like good oil pressure , water temp and almost a full tank of gas comes with the cluster ! Looks like the charging system is ok too. :p
     
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  7. 1-SHOT
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    And the motor is at dead stop
     
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  8. 40Standard
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    very nice but too much money
     
  9. WOODEYE
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    That is pretty rich for sure. At that price you would have thought you could have had the color markings on the Volt screen too. Am I being to picky? I do prefer that look over a lot of the aftermarket replacement cluster designs I have seen to date. Oh well, maybe when the "Boat" comes in.
     
  10. kbgreen
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    For comparison, a decent working cluster that is original is about $500. A restored cluster using decals instead of paint (how long will that last?) is $600. Having an original restored using paint rather than decals is about $1,100.

    This is a cool looking cluster though. I like it better than the white background on some of the new designed replacement clusters.
     
  11. It does look nice but that is a princely sum.

    My first 40 sedan was purchased for 800 bucks. :D HRP
     
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  12. speedyb
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    Thats nice. Alot of work to build a part like that, made in US ?
     
  13. 40fordtudor
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    Gotcha on that first sedan HRP. I bought the rights to any/all body parts for $10.00. It's 1959 and the car is a pristine 4door as a tradein to Nielsen Chevrolet. I bought the sheetmetal rights from the FARMER that made a haysweep out of the chassis and running gear. Thought nothing of it at the time. Yikes!!! P.S. Mom made two trips with her 55 Chevy hauling fenders and doors and ..............drumroll.........the working clock. Think of that car often out there sweeping hay.
     
  14. olscrounger
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    I like the look-but will stick with stock clusters restored and converted-have had many done and they aren't cheap-old clusters are $100-150 and restoration/ 12Vconversion with senders costs about $600-not cheap either. The trim around a std cluster is a little hard to find in good shape but now someone is making them-forgot who though.
     
  15. speedyb
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    Checked out their site. Beautiful design but im a mechanical gauge guy.
     
  16. bangngears
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    I used a voltage drop from the local parts store and used the stock gauges in the my 39 Works great.
     
  17. i.rant
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    That's a good looking piece. I can't help but wonder if it would look better if the colors were reversed.JMHO


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  18. 40Vert
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    On the website there are a total of four color combinations. The one pictured above and these:

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    I have a set of CI's in my 56 and they are very nice.


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  19. 4dFord/SC
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    Assume that it requires 12v, negative ground, and would not work with the stock 6v, positive ground.
     
  20. The 39 guy
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    I like them! Yes they are pricey but as others have said, some of the restored 12 volt conversions can come pretty close to this price. I like them enough to consider selling my brand new Stewart Warner gauge set I have ready to install in my current project. Anyone interested buying a 6 gauge SW set ? Tach and speedo are in the stock standard bezel with an engine turned panel and the other 4 are in a nice chrome under dash panel.
     
  21. 911 steve
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    love the frt end in your avatar, I have a blk 40 standard too. mine has flames, its in "my 40 ford sedan build" thread
     
  22. olcurmdgeon
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    wow, my birthday is coming this month! Oh yeah, that's right, I'm getting socks.
     
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  23. purple5window
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    Hey Guys,

    I work at Classic Instruments doing new product development. Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a fun project for us and we are proud with what we came up with. We are putting them together everyday right here in Boyne City, MI. Each cluster is built per order and we will ship it within 48 hours with the correct senders for your engine/transmission. Don't forgot that Classic Instruments is an Alliance Vendor if you are interested.

    Thanks again for all the nice comments and if you ever have any questions gauge-related don't hesitate to call 800.575.0461 or email me at devin@classicinstruments.com.

    Have a great day,
    Devin Butterbrodt
     
  24. The 39 guy
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    Congratulations on a great looking product made in the USA Devin!
     
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  26. 19Fordy
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    David, Congratulations to Classic Instruments for designing and making such a beautiful 40 Ford gauge cluster. It's great to see such craftsmanship in the USA.
    You guys have the right to feel a little bit proud.
     
  27. Hnstray
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    Nice looking piece of equipment. Given all the behind the scene costs, probably a fair price.
    I just don't have a Ford that it fits at the moment, or I'd probably order one.

    Ray
     
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