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Technical What insert was in this ‘32 roadster dash?

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  1. el Scotto
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    I found this ‘32 Ford Roadster dash at a swapmeet a while ago, dude said it was out of a LA Roadster members car which was a former land speed car. I have no idea the truth of this but it did have an old timey instrument/gauge cluster in it.

    Trying to figure out what style cluster was in it.

    Opening is 15”x4 3/4” at the widest and tallest points.

    Any ideas H.A.M.B.ers?

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  2. mike in tucson
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    except for the bump at the bottom center, it looks similar to a 33-34 dodge 1934 dodge instruments.jpg
     
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  3. el Scotto
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    Any idea on dimensions? I was thinking it was an old aftermarket Stewart Warner insert.
     
  4. How about 1932 Oldsmobile. ( or thereabouts with lower bump ) What Mike shows with the upper & lower curve looks like a good contender too.
    1932 Olds.jpg
     
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  5. ramblin dan
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    I thought it looked like a 1929 Durant but now I think 34 Gaz might have nailed it. 1929 durant.jpg
     
  6. el Scotto
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    See, I was thinking it would likely have been aftermarket if it was truly out of a race car. I’ve gathered these photos from the H.A.M.B. but don’t know any of the dimensions

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    honestly don’t know though
     
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  7. They all look like good examples. Maybe someone made their own keyhole along the lower edge or a kill switch or warning light.
     
  8. nochop
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    Make a new one, and use digital gauges
     
  9. Man. This one is close, especially with the round fob at the bottom center.

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  10. scrap metal 48
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    How about "old school" with just painted metal dash with holes for gauges and switches and nothing else.. Or not....
     
  11. Stephen Barrett
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    I love this.
     
  12. el Scotto
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    Holy Moly if that doesn’t look like a dead ringer I don’t know what is!

    Do you know who’s car that is/was?
     
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  13. el Scotto
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    Like this one? :cool:

    DD19EEF3-E060-4B1D-9548-923D7566BEB9.jpeg
     
  14. Happydaze
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    Presumably the dimensions can be computed by scaling up from the pics by reference to the gauge dimensions which will be known (by those that know these things, not me! :)

    But it seems you've got some strong contenders for the elusive identity anyway!

    Chris
     
  15. In reference to the above photo ... 6 places up ^^.

    Tom McMullen’s roadster originally, had a Stewart Warner gauge panel installed in 1957. Nick Adams who starred in the late ‘50s TV series “The Rebel” (1959-1961) as Johnny Yuma, was shown in a promotion photo, with that particular roadster.

    Today that car, has a bank of gauges installed, similar to your second dash picture. Ironic, huh' ? Maybe you're related, in spirit senses ?
     
  16. Atwater Mike
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    I had a '29 roadster with that dash cluster. It's a '32 Packard.
     
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  17. scrap metal 48
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    "]Like this one?
    Yes el Scotto, very cool....
     
  18. nochop
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  19. lucas1946merc
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    It's a pressure gauge with very low numbers, maybe fuel pressure
     
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  20. nochop
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    Yup, after a second look ( and your post) I see it
     
  21. deucendude
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    Might have had a boat dash as very common.
     
  22. fleetside66
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    It's got to be the '32 Oldsmobile one that 34 Gaz posted.
     
  23. Mr48chev
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    It would be interesting to know it's history. If it was on a car that belonged to an LA Roadsters Member there are probably photos showing it in the car in the archives somewhere.
     
  24. fleetside66
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    15-3/4" X 5-1/2"
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