I am admitidly a bit of a vintage gauge buff. Gauges from the 1920's through the 1950's were built with great quality and have a lot of character. Although the majority of my vintage gauge collection is dominated by the Stewart Warner line there are other manufactures that produced amazing gauges, such as MotoMeter, US Gauge Co NY, Rochester, National Gauge & Equip. Co to name a few. While at car shows I make it a point to look at the dash and gauges hot rodder's are using since gauges are of special interest to me. An observation I have made is many are using modern gauges. Most of the time hot rodder's are choosing a modern gauge set with vintage aesthetics on the gauge face. I can appreciate why many choose this route. Let's face it, for one it's just easier to order a new set. Second, we all want an accurate reading from our gauges as we somewhat rely on them for important info. Finally, many do not trust older gauges. However, I can attest that I have many gauges from the 1930's that still work great today and provide accurate readings. I know for certain the quality and character of my relics are far superior to what is manufactured today. I often wonder why hot rodder's frequently go to extraordinary lengths and expense to find period correct parts for their entire build, only to order new gauges from a catalog. So take a ride with me for a moment, perhaps I can twist your arm ever so slightly and encourage you to save an old gauge or two. They are cool....and they want a home in your hot rod. They're also a lot of fun to bring back to life. A few months ago I found this old (and quite large at 2 7/8") US Gauge Co. NY temp gauge. The curved glass was broke, it was filthy and had been sitting for some time. I made an offer and the owner accepted. I got lucky as the line was in great condition and the capillary tube still had a charge. These gauges are built like a brick chit house. I carefully separated the bezel from the casing. The bezel's on these old gauges (and from many manufactures) comprise of several parts. The bezel, retainer, gasket and glass. I then carefully removed the retainer from the bezel. I ordered a really cool piece of convex glass that has a very nice curve to it. Then I gave the gauge face a little attention. When my replacement glass arrived I simply put the gauge together. I polished the bezel and cleaned the casing. This gauge was pretty straight forward and it turned out quite nice. I gave it a test and true to it's quality it provides an accurate reading. There are still guys out there that can replace the line and/or capillary tube if needed. To my astonishment a few months later I stumbled upon the matching oil pressure gauge (US Gauge Co. N.Y. 2 7/8") I certainly was not expecting that to happen as not too many of these exist. The gauge was in much worse condition than the temp gauge. I made an offer and the owner accepted. This is what I saw when I pulled it out of the box. As you can see, I had my work cut out for me. My first step was to test the gauge. It works however the needle only returns to 4. That is ok, as It's something that can be fixed. **See Page 3 of this thread** This gauge was in need of plenty of love. Both the rear mounting studs were broke off, the glass was heavily clouded, it was missing the mounting bracket and the bezel looked horrible. The first job I wanted to tackle was fixing the rear mounting studs. As I stated before, the line of US Gauge Co gauges are built like Fort Knox, so I knew the case was thick enough that I could tap new threads. I took a hack saw and cut off the broken studs, then I filed them down and drilled them out. I bought (2) 10/24 32nd bolts and 2 kep nuts. Then I tapped new threads into the casing. After cutting the heads off the bolts I screwed them into the casing completing my new studs. Then I carefully removed the bezel to clean the inside of the glass. With a little glass cleaner and use of a microfiber towel, all the clouding immediately came off the glass. My plan was to remove the black faded paint from the bezel and polish it. I thought I would find chrome or plain metal under the paint; but as I began to rub on the paint to my amazement, a beautiful brass finish began to emerge. I quickly grabbed my brass polish I used 0000 steel wool in an attempt to remove a few scratches at the center of the glass. I have to say I was pretty amazed at how well this old diamond in the rough turned out in the end! HAMBer @fleetside66 is a great friend and fellow gauge connoisseur. I shared with him my latest gauge nerd session...I mean restoration project. I told him I was looking for a 2 5/8" 2 pod gauge panel. Of course he had one and said he would get it in the mail. Thanks Greg!! Within a few days it was at my place. My plan was to remove the paint and engine turn the panel. In hindsight I completely underestimated the resilience of the paint on this panel. It was a battle of wills and in my corner was a bottle of paint stripper, lacquer thinner, steel wool, sand paper and Scotch Brite pads. In the other corner was a panel that wanted to keep it's paint. So I went to work... After an epic battle I gained the upper hand.... Once I had the paint removed I wanted to see how it would look with a gauge. I decided to finish it by rubbing it down with a Scotch Brite pad. This panel was not going to be a good candidate for engine turning. It was time to mount the gauges. I wish I could take a photo that truly captures just how great this set looks. It really turned out beyond my expectatins and photos just don't do it justice....but here goes..... These are quite large at just slightly over 2 5/8" Not too bad for 2 gauges that were basically written off. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute while working on these two. It was a simple task and something that anyone with a little desire can easily accomplish. They served well over the past 80 years and I'm confident they will continue to do so for the next 80. They look pretty good and work great. Not only that they are true to hot rods as they are from that era. How killer would these look in a traditional hot rod! So the next time you're looking for a set of gauges, perhaps you will consider giving an old set of gauges another chance at life. I can promise you they will serve you well. My initial plan was to fix and sell. I must admit that I've grown a little attached so I may hang onto them for a little while longer.