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bezhawk
02-15-2017, 09:18 PM
I refurbished another set of gauges, even had to make a clock part in order to get the clock working.6212862129

Commando66
02-15-2017, 09:23 PM
Nice work. That dash/gauge cluster is sending mixed messages.

Charlie D
02-15-2017, 11:46 PM
That is sweet!!

53k
02-16-2017, 10:48 AM
I refurbished another set of gauges, even had to make a clock part in order to get the clock working.6212862129
Beautiful. Did you take a "before" picture?

ndynis
02-16-2017, 12:13 PM
Great looking dash!

studeclunker
02-16-2017, 12:22 PM
I agree, beautiful dash. Busy looking one too. Is this for a Hawk?

Endl98
02-16-2017, 12:25 PM
brad is that the factory color for the 63 avanti dash. reason i ask is i here they fade to a off white and it should be fawn, which is very dark looking.

bezhawk
02-16-2017, 12:29 PM
Beautiful. Did you take a "before" picture? Not with this set, but generally they look something like this.62140Seems the glass gets dirty even behind the front, and the needles fade. Rings get polished, if not too bad, or get rechromed otherwise.

Colgate Studebaker
02-16-2017, 12:36 PM
Brad, your talent is way underappreciated. I've attempted doing gauges and the amount of work needed is unbelievable. Congrats to you for your high standards and the beauty of your work. Bill

swvalcon
02-16-2017, 12:37 PM
Nice work Brad. Wished my gt dash looked that nice.

karterfred88
02-16-2017, 01:36 PM
brad is that the factory color for the 63 avanti dash. reason i ask is i here they fade to a off white and it should be fawn, which is very dark looking.

Having redone my door panels on my 63, the excess "fawn" vinyl, wrapped and glued to the backing, never exposed to sunlight, is very light "beige" almost antique white. Perhaps someone with the original option book, still has the samples but the "elk" is somewhat darker, but still pretty "light" in color compared to what I have seen offered as replacements for it. So BEZ's color seems about right-especially accounting for the lighting.

ddub
02-16-2017, 01:56 PM
Not with this set, but generally they look something like this.62140Seems the glass g












ets dirty even behind the front, and the needles fade. Rings get polished, if not too bad, or get rechromed otherwise.

This is about how my gauges look. What do you do to restore color on the needles?

bezhawk
02-16-2017, 04:41 PM
Getting the bezels off and on is the hard part. Once off, I clean with denatured alcohol. then let it dry, and clean it again. That gets the yellowing off the numbers. Then everything is carefully repainted, (needles. and any scratches in the black. Don't worry if the black looks greyish after cleaning. The next step takes care of that. Get a GOOD quality SEMI GLOSS clear LACQUER. and spray the whole face, carefully move the needles so there isn't a paint"shadow under them. Don't get any overspray in the speedometer, tach, or clock works. Sand blast the light diffuser rings. Paint the back side white, and after dry the front side semi flat black. Roll the chrome bezels back on with a blunt piece o polished steel. Never, never, never hit the instrument or use a punch to tap the bezels back on....never.

SN-60
02-16-2017, 04:48 PM
Getting the bezels off and on is the hard part. Once off, I clean with denatured alcohol. then let it dry, and clean it again. That gets the yellowing off the numbers. Then everything is carefully repainted, (needles. and any scratches in the black. Don't worry if the black looks greyish after cleaning. The next step takes care of that. Get a GOOD quality SEMI GLOSS clear LACQUER. and spray the whole face, carefully move the needles so there isn't a paint"shadow under them. Don't get any overspray in the speedometer, tach, or clock works. Sand blast the light diffuser rings. Paint the back side white, and after dry the front side semi flat black. Roll the chrome bezels back on with a blunt piece o polished steel. Never, never, never hit the instrument or use a punch to tap the bezels back on....never.

Good to hear that you're FINALLY using LACQUER!!!! :lol:

bezhawk
02-16-2017, 08:40 PM
Only because it dries fast.

Silverplate
02-16-2017, 09:26 PM
Stunngly gorgeous Brad! Thanks for posting...Mike

Bob Caser
02-16-2017, 10:26 PM
This past weekend I also played with some gauges for my beater Avanti. These are later Stewart Warner gauges with painted needles to resemble early Avanti gauges. The insert is aluminum covered in leather to match the interior. The gauges are positioned in different location per my preference, I have eliminated the clock and added a trans temp gauge.Still working on this panel ,as I need to replace the tachometer and a water temp gauge

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The second set of photos are from another car I own with NOS gauges and a refinished 64 wood insert. We mixed rose color and clear and painted the old panel to achieve the finish in the photo.

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Bob Caser

bezhawk
02-16-2017, 11:09 PM
62154621526215562152I always liked the all turquoise interior. That looks great. I just finished up another carbon fiber dash, and have done custom wood dashes too.62151621526215362152

jbwhttail
02-17-2017, 01:45 PM
Brad can you do a set of 64 Hawk gauges and what is turn around time? I have a couple nos guages but want them all to match. thanks in advance.

bezhawk
02-17-2017, 01:54 PM
Yes, I can do them, however, I have some big projects to get out of the way. Turn around time is about a week or less. I actually did these in one afternoon, but I like the paint to dry well, before buttoning things back up.

studebaker-R2-4-me
02-18-2017, 04:30 PM
Brad,

What tool do you use to roll the bezel back on the gauge?

Allen

jbwhttail
02-18-2017, 04:55 PM
I'm not in a hurry Brad, I will notify you when the dash is out later this year for the total restoration. I am sure the car will not be ready for the gauges for more than nine months.

63r2
02-18-2017, 06:34 PM
Brad,

What tool do you use to roll the bezel back on the gauge?

Allen

I think it's patience.
pb

bezhawk
02-18-2017, 07:17 PM
Actually it's a polished curved bar of steel that i can grip and push VERY firmly and rock the edge back in place a little at a time. It takes about 4 or 5 passes to remove the bezel, and just as many to install it. You want to be gentle, and although it takes lots of force, you have to do a little at a time.

studebaker-R2-4-me
02-18-2017, 09:19 PM
Actually it's a polished curved bar of steel that i can grip and push VERY firmly and rock the edge back in place a little at a time. It takes about 4 or 5 passes to remove the bezel, and just as many to install it. You want to be gentle, and although it takes lots of force, you have to do a little at a time.

Brad, would you mind posting a picture of such "polished curved bar". I'd love to see it.

Allen