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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. 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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    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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    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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    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
     
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  22. Plain and simple! My 32 Roadster
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  23. My 32 five window!
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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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