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JGK 940
11-10-2009, 03:32 PM
"...Studebaker (and Packard) gauge clusters. Man, they really knew how to put a good dashboard together."

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/11/10/a-dash-of-dashes/

Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

mbstude
11-10-2009, 04:23 PM
I thought the big pic on the top (58 sedan) was mine, until I noticed the odometer reading is wrong.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

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11-10-2009, 06:23 PM
Very interesting. Thanks.

Doug

Venice, Florida
1950 Champion 9G F1

Mark57
11-10-2009, 06:46 PM
Truck content (not mine) added. ;):)
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0248.jpg

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
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http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/zonemt1a.jpg

Jeff_H
11-10-2009, 08:04 PM
Whomever did the lighting for the '53 and '54 Champion dashes did a great job [^]

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/dashlitessmall.jpg

I was amazed how visible things are when I first "powered up" the dash lighting on my '53 the first time. Nowadays they probably use computer CAD modeling on the dash optics but in those days it would have been a bit of art, science, experience, and trial-error testing ;)

Jeff in ND
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/devilstowerthumbnail.jpg
'53 Champion Hardtop

trev0006
02-22-2010, 01:34 PM
Yeah did did an awesome job for the time.





quote:Originally posted by JGK 940

"...Studebaker (and Packard) gauge clusters. Man, they really knew how to put a good dashboard together."

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/11/10/a-dash-of-dashes/http://www.discountpartcenter.com/http://www.dpccars.com/


Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

N8N
02-22-2010, 02:31 PM
well, they hit a couple of my favorites, the '61-62 and '55, but no Speedster or '56-61 Hawk? In my mind at least those last two pretty much define what a proper dashboard should look like (with an honorable mention to the early Porsche 911)

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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Aspalen
02-22-2010, 03:24 PM
This is my Transtar dash. I hope to get it work in the truck this year. I also hope the truck willl work.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/2010/transtarigen003.jpg
kmh instead of mph
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/2010/PICT0233.jpg
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/2010/PICT0223.jpg

Lennart...
-63 Avanti R1
-61 Champ 6E5 122"
-57 Transtar 3E5/7 112"
-58 Golden Hawk
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/2007%20Uppsala/PICT5444-1.jpghttp://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/studebaker/-61Champ006.jpghttp://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/studebaker/20070522001.jpghttp://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/studebaker/195820Golden20Hawk20Hoppes.jpg

tbredehoft
02-22-2010, 03:43 PM
Jeff, either you made a time exposure on your '53 or you've still got 6 volt bulbs in there. I can see mine, but not if a car is approaching with his lights on. Yes, my '53 is still 6 volt. My '55 is twelve volt, I need the lights on to see the instruments in the day time.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
....On the road, again....
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

BobGlasscock
02-22-2010, 06:52 PM
That's really nice work, Lennart.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

Jeff_H
02-22-2010, 08:03 PM
Forgot about this old post.... Tom, those are 12v bulbs. The camera probably makes it look a little brighter than reality tho as you can see that the shift indicator on the column is "bloomed" a bit. It was on auto and I did note a slow shutter.... Still, though I have no problem seeing the gauges night or day. Not sure why the '55 would be dim. Did those use glow in the dark paint that's gone bad? Don't think the '53 had that, just careful use of white paint in the inside/backside of the housing and that gold trim paint on the mask.

Jeff in ND
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/devilstowerthumbnail.jpg
'53 Champion Hardtop