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2R5 Gauge Restoration

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  • Speedo/Tach/Gauges: 2R5 Gauge Restoration

    Hi There,

    I am currently restoring my 53 2R5 and wanting to restore the gauges/assembly as much as possible. Are there any stencils out there for painting the mph markings, heat, oil pressure etc etc?

    Any other advice or useful tips for gauge restoration?

    Cheers

  • #2
    New glass with the markings on them are available on ebay, and maybe from Studebaker Int'l.

    Here's a link to ebay item:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1949-1953-S...5bmsKz&vxp=mtr
    Last edited by kurtruk; 05-18-2020, 08:51 PM.
    KURTRUK
    (read it backwards)




    Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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    • #3
      Nope, no stencils that I'm aware of for your truck. DIY is an option, if you have patience and a steady hand. Sending them off for repair another option. If you have an artist for a friend? NOS speedometer and gauges are available, but aren't cheap.

      The one thing you won't find is the Uranium enriched white paint that was used to make the markings glow brighter.

      Bo
      Bo

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      • #4
        I have water-slide decals available for the 2R type A instruments. They might work for the later Type B instruments, but I don't know. Send me a PM if you want a set for $20. I also have the decals for M trucks and 1941 car instruments and odometer wheels.

        Here's how to do the restoration: http://www.studegarage.com/instruments.htm

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        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.

        '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
        ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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        • #5
          I bought the glass from Studebaker International. The rest of my gauges cleaned up with vinegar water and I repainted some of the needles with white model enamel and sprayed the background for the numbers black.

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          "In the heart of Arkansas."
          Searcy, Arkansas
          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
          1952 2R pickup

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          • #6
            Nice job. BTW, in case some of yours are not working right, there are a couple of 2R gauges for sale on ebay right now.
            Skip Lackie

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            • #7
              Originally posted by garyash View Post
              I have water-slide decals available for the 2R type A instruments. They might work for the later Type B instruments, but I don't know. Send me a PM if you want a set for $20. I also have the decals for M trucks and 1941 car instruments and odometer wheels.

              Here's how to do the restoration: http://www.studegarage.com/instruments.htm

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              Way to go Gary!!!! I knew you made them for M-Series, but didn't know about the R-Series. I'd like to get a few sets of those, myself.

              Bo
              Bo

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