and still more gauge goodness….

So the new gauge faces are on, the protective film has been removed and no catastrophic issues noted. The tiny little screws have been loctite’d in place.

yet more gauge goodness

The needles were left white, with the tips painted a bright red, then clear-coated. The end results seem fine, and contrast with the gray faces nicely.

yet more gauge goodness

The last stage of reassembly involves crimping the chrome ring back along the outer edge of the gauges. This will likely be a bit of a pain, but should go quickly.

It does seem like a lot of work, but I’m more than a little pleased with the outcome.


  1. Pieter says:

    I like it.
    It would have been cool to use a measurement other than miles or kilometers, like feet per second or leagues. Just saying.

  2. Madeye says:

    I must admit I had some reservations when you decided to depart form the factory green faces. But those new faces look rather sharp and – after all – you’re not doing a restoration.

    Looking real good!

  3. Mugwug says:

    Piet: Like the way you think. If I had been forced to do up my own gauge faces I’d have love to have gone KMH on the top and FPS on the bottom or some such, but wapping in vinyl faces that someone else had done turned out to be a major nuisance, and I’m ok with resorting to this.

    Dad: The cans needed a paint job, and disassembly provides the best option for that, AND a good cleaning. The old gauge faces (Shit, they were green? Looked black to me!) Were fading, and it seemed like as good a time as any to change them up to KMH instead of miles.

    This is an area where I specifically didn’t want to go original, but after seeing the gauge cans restored to shiny new paint, I really want the gas tank redone, and I am still on the fence about ordering the original green – it looks sharp.

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