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  • Speedo / Tach / Gauges: Disassemble Gauge Cluster in '55 Commander

    The needles on the speedometer and gauges on my Commander were faded, and that didn't bother me much...but when the paint started flaking-off the speedometer needle, then I had to do something. Getting the cluster out were fairly easy. I have a later '55, with the "Ultra-Vista" curved windshield, and getting behind the dash was easy. Getting the cluster assemblies apart was a little more tedious. Having been in one piece for so long, the chrome surround was stuck tight around the metal housing. I had to slowly inch my way around the chrome rings with a couple of very thin screwdrivers, but they eventually broke free. I'm attaching a few photos of the bits-and-pieces, in case someone would like to see how it's put together.
    All of the glass was foggy and dirty. If you decide to tackle this project, just be patient and don't disturb the painted images on the glass. Also keep in mind to use fluorescent paint on the needles...regular red paint will just look black at night with the dash lights on. I bought paint specifically labeled for gauge indicators, and was only about $3.
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    I'll check back in when I get everything back together.

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    Thanks for sharing. I hope that I won't become inclined to ever do that job again, but I sure it will help others.

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