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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Jeff Norwell
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    Fascinating…. can anyone give me a year-timeline on the SW tach in this photo?
    Never seen one like this.



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  2. alchemy
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    I've had Twin Blue's with dates from 1958 through 1966.
     
  3. Jimmy B
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    Amazing how many options are available, get it right and they blend in, get it wrong and the gauges stick out like the proverbial dogs nut sack.

    I have slowly been collecting parts for my next Chev roadster and have been buying the gauges as I know they are harder to find and desirable. I haven't broken the bank buying these, I suppose it is because they are the back mount, painted bezel (industrial/ww2). I believe these type were used in Sherman tanks (fuel gauge is 24v). Only need a 3" 8k tach and amp gauge to complete my set.
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  4. von Dyck
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    Austin-Healy dash with Smith gauges looks real fine! They make an understated yet attractive alternative to the almost generic S-W gauges installed in many rods. Yes, there are 7 flat lens S-W gauges in the roadster, and they do what they're supposed to do, and the dash is pleasing to the eye. But the "give-me-a-second-look" mystique is just not there.
     
  5. hotrod_grmi
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    Fitted a mint 39 deluxe dash with gauges in my new 32 5w build image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  6. I bet this would look good in a hot rod.
     

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  7. KKrod
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    Gotta love the 1934 Olds dash in the model A roadster with the hallock windshield.
     
  8. I have come to enjoy the simplicity of the stock '29 dash design.
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  9. But, it wasn't always so. In 1960 I thought the simple rolled aluminum dash by Frank Kurtis was pretty cool. Had a matching 160mph S&W speedometer for it, but it never got mounted. I learned the tach was all I needed. ;)

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  10. mgtstumpy
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    As stated, it's the first thing you see when you look inside a car. next to the steering wheel and trim.

    In my 46 Olds I upgraded all the old components to new movements yet it still retains that OEM look
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    In my 35 Chevy Standard I used a 35 Master insert, 5 gauges -v- 3 gauges.
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  11. bobo1
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    Desoto 47 dash in my 29 modified [​IMG]
     
  12. Dago 88
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    My '30 Roadster has a combination of '36 Ford with a roller shutter from a '49 Nash in the center. DSCF8753.jpg 10710724_10203395098412101_1008320582085095321_n.jpg
     
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  14. onedge
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    I shall study this alot. Thanks!
     
  15. JRussell
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1415112121.222365.jpg . I agree Jeff , This is a 39 Lasalle dash I cut the radio center out and put in a 30 Model A


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  16. JRussell
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    . I agree Jeff , This is a 39 Lasalle dash I cut the radio center out and put in a 30 Model A


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  17. pwschuh
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    The Woodward Roadster was really the first time I was struck by a linear, rectangular looking dash. I didn't think I would like it but I did.

    I am wondering what's the greatest number of working, non-redundant gauges ever installed on a hot rod? I'm thinking actual "car-monitoring" functions, not clocks, compasses, altimeters, etc.
     
  18. Mr48chev
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    Ah some great and interesting ideas for the dashes and instrument in my projects.
     
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  20. hugh m
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    from ct.

  21. hugh m
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    Here's the dash I'm doing now...sits under the cowl, and stays on the car when the body is off. Doesn't have cosmic gages in it but I like it. second try 027.JPG
     
  22. Plain and simple! My 32 Roadster
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  23. My 32 five window!
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  24. louisb
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  25. Here are two from back in the day! First one from 60's my 32 five window dash I made out of sheet metal and the second one my 30 two-door dash I again made out of sheet metal. First one I wrinkle finished black.:confused: The A sedan I wood grained.:p Boy things have sure changed. Now just go to Brookville etc. for a deuce dash.:cool:
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  26. KKrod
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    DwainRogersDash.jpg Dwain Rogers roadster.
     
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  27. Rad. Is that a Roller-Smith ammeter on the right? Dig the look; understated yet classy. Just as God & Henry Ford would have wanted :)
     
  28. Dreddybear
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    Twin Blue 10k. Pretty rare and worth having! Early 60's. I have one for Walter, but I have to open it and "iron" out the wrinkle. Other than that I have a whole crew of Blues throughout the car. I need to get a dash pic..
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  29. pinkynoegg
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    Hubba Hubba!
     
  30. Jeff Norwell
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    Please do Paul!
     

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