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  • Just Add a Few Dashes of Studebaker and Stir

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

    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...ash-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...

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      Very interesting. Thanks.

      Doug

      Venice, Florida
      1950 Champion 9G F1

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      • #4
        Truck content (not mine) added.


        <h5>Mark
        '57 Transtar Deluxe
        Vancouver Island Chapter
        http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


        Mark Hayden
        '66 Commander
        Zone Coordinator
        Pacific Can-Am Zone

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        • #5
          Whomever did the lighting for the '53 and '54 Champion dashes did a great job [^]



          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

          '53 Champion Hardtop

          Jeff in ND

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          • #6
            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/2...w.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...

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            • #7
              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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              55 Commander Starlight
              http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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              • #8
                This is my Transtar dash. I hope to get it work in the truck this year. I also hope the truck willl work.

                kmh instead of mph



                Lennart...
                -63 Avanti R1
                -61 Champ 6E5 122"
                -57 Transtar 3E5/7 112"
                -58 Golden Hawk
                Lennart...
                -63 Avanti R1
                -61 Champ 6E5 122\"
                -57 Transtar 3E5/7 112\"
                -58 Golden Hawk

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                • #9
                  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.

                  [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Avatar1.jpg[/img=left]
                  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

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                  • #10
                    That's really nice work, Lennart.

                    '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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                    • #11
                      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

                      '53 Champion Hardtop

                      Jeff in ND

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