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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jason147, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Jason147

    I have my gauges I removed out of my car when I repainted it. Stupid me, towed it home in the rain from California to Washington. Had no choice really.
    Anyways, I don't want new gauges but thinking I have to. Anyway to remove front bezel from gauges so I can clean them up and get them clean? Only speedo leaked and became rusty around edge. [​IMG]
     
  2. Jeff34
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    The bezel on my '34 speedo just pulled off the front. I was able to clean the glass, bezel, dial and fix the speedo.
     
  3. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
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    You can remove the bezels from most Stewart Warner gauges, but it is not real easy and does take a knack that only comes with doing it several times. Some bezels are easier and some harder. Re-seating the bezel is the hardest part and it will never be as good as the factory job. That particular speedo of yours is a later one and IMHO isn't worth the bother. Older S/W speedos are cheap, so why not shop around and get yourself a decent matching set. If you want to discuss it all further, shoot me a P.M.
     
  4. I got an old green line tach that I was going to have a gauge guy take apart for me so that I could swap in a later movement. He took me in his back room and said, "Let me show you something." he had several dental pics and assorted little screw drivers on his bench. he picked up a gauge and began working his way around the bezel on a gauge he was repairing. in a couple of minutes he had it off. He then said, " This is an easy one but this is how I do it, save yourself 60 bucks and do it yourself. I got a tool to roll the bead back on the bezel, bring it back and I'll do that for you free of charge."

    So that is what I do now.
     
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  5. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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    Mo-Ma Gauges in Albuquerque has reconditioned many SW gauges for me. Your speedo probably needs a complete cleaning and lube, especially with the water accumulation. Money well spent, especially if you want real gauges and not the currently available kit car stuff. 505-766-6661
     
  6. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
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    56shoebox

    Fogger, About how much does it cost to have gauges reconditioned?
     
  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    notin' that a BFH can't fix
     
  8. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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    Sorry I can't give you a cost estimate, but 8 years ago I paid $75. to service a SW speedo. They may be able to quote you an approximate number on the phone but maybe not. Damage is often unseen until the gauge is disassembled.
     
  9. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Jason147

    Awesome thanks for the help. I will try to get it apart. If I mess up, it means I will buy new. Haha. Thanks!!
     
  10. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    Good luck with your gauge repair. I'm just curious why you didn't put a tarp or plastic on your car before you towed it all that way in the rain?
     
  11. ^OK for short trips but a plastic tarp will do more damage than rain. Anything short of shrink wrapped is almost impossible to secure from flapping. I have seen it take fenders to bare metal.
     
  12. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Well.. My grandfather had this car built. His dream car. He passed. My dad got this car my uncle stole the others and sold them. My dad left me the title and always told me to grab it if he passes as my uncle will steal it and forge a lost title and sell it. Turns out my dad was right so while my dad was in hospital dying, my uncle was cleaning out his house before I was able to make a 1400 mile road trip at last minute. Long story short, if I wanted the car, it was a "take it now or lose it" situation. I took it. Broke, father just passed, and third generation car almost lost. It was a difficult situation. I figured it was better to get wet than sold for drugs.
     
  13. Crusty Nut
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
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    I use a slightly modified paint can opener and have taken several apart that way. Clean it up, roll the odometer back if you want a fresh start and get it back together with a blunt tool to recrimp the rim.
    The early SW are a whole different animal.
     
  14. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Jason147

    That's a good idea!!
     
  15. Very sad story and unfortunately all too common now a days. I'm glad you got the car and good luck getting it back on the road. Rain, hell I would have brought it home during Armageddon using Burt Munro's trailer.
     
  16. JonF
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  17. Jason147
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    That's saying it nicely. He stole it all from his mother after her husband died (my grandpa). She just had to pay 50 grand for drug charges to keep him free. Lowest level of scum you can imagine.
     
  18. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Well took her apart, simple as crusty nut said. Some fine steel wool to clean up glass, wire brush and emery cloth to remove rust and gloss black rustoleum. Need to go get flat black unless I decide to redo all in gloss. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  19. Jason147
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    Jason147

  20. shivasdad
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    Nice job on the speedometer. Kick your uncle in the nuts. I detest creeps who prey on their own family and/or those in mourning.
     
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  21. EZ Cool
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    nice job. how about a pic of the car it goes in?
     
  22. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Jason147

    Cars not done yet but in process. Let me see if I got pics on phone.
     
  23. Jason147
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    Jason147

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Last pic was in 2013 when visiting dad. In 2014 it was beat to hell so decided to build it back to nice.
     
  24. Jason147
    Joined: Nov 5, 2014
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    Jason147

    Now I need to figure out how to roll the bead/flange back over properly
     

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