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Username Post: '59 Impala Gauges Restoration        (Topic#358208)
Los59 
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Los59
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
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09-25-19 03:03 PM - Post#2776440    

I am in the process of restoring the factory gauges from my '59. Before I screw something up as far as the gearing, does anyone have a good reference when tackling this? Ive searched the forum but did not find what I was looking for. Im starting with the speedometer since its the largest, I have taken it apart and will be polishing the aluminum bezels and painting what is needed. I will also be restoring the plastic unless anyone knows of glass replacements.

Any help is appreciated as always.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 


Russ 
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Russ
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09-27-19 02:00 PM - Post#2776593    
    In response to Los59

I'm pretty sure the plastic lens are available from Chevy suppliers.

I didn't dive into my gauges all those years ago (I would now thanks to YouTube), so I sent them to Williamson's Instruments in Arkansas. If i recall, he overhauled my speedo for $100 (20 years ago) and tested my temp gauge. He had an NOS odometer that he installed for $75.

Nice folks



 
Los59 
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10-25-19 07:25 PM - Post#2778771    
    In response to Russ

Thanks Russ, I figured out how the odometer dial functions after disassembly. I should be good. I have an extra set of gauges so I can experiment lens resto there since there isnt a glass option (safety reasons maybe?).

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 
cahartley 
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10-26-19 08:57 PM - Post#2778843    
    In response to Los59

I thought I had the odometer figured out too.
I was wrong.......
Good luck........you're going to need it.......

www.youtube.com/cahartley7


 
Los59 
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10-27-19 03:56 AM - Post#2778849    
    In response to cahartley

Thanks for the vote of confidence lol. Everything seems to be functioning as it should with the dial, so hopefully I did get it.

Can someone post pictures of the gauges while illuminated? I can’t find any reference images with stock gauges lit up at night. This would be very helpful if someone can share. Also, does anyone know of the correct fluorescent orange color for the needles? I bought some paints but none seem to have the same “pop” as the originals.

Thanks as always!

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 
62sedan 
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62sedan
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Loc: Above the red Texas dirt
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10-27-19 08:21 AM - Post#2778870    
    In response to Los59

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Also, does anyone know of the correct fluorescent orange color for the needles?



I used Testors fluorescent orange modeling paint when I restored my gauges needles. I thinned it slightly to avoid any extra weight on the needles while applying a thin coating, and it worked well and matched extremely close to the original finish.

Chuck






 
wings59 
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11-26-19 12:07 AM - Post#2780968    
    In response to cahartley

Same here, I have several spares, can't get the odometer to work on any of them.

Larry

59 Impala Sport Coupe

36 Dodge Street rod..........owned 27 years






 
wings59 
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11-26-19 12:09 AM - Post#2780969    
    In response to cahartley

I have several spare odometers, I haven't been able to get any of them to work.

Larry

59 Impala Sport Coupe

36 Dodge Street rod..........owned 27 years






 
johnperri 
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12-14-19 07:48 AM - Post#2782126    
    In response to wings59

I tried to repair two speedos and a gas gauge. After installing them, taking them out, fixing them again, taking them out, etc. it would have been cheaper to have a professional restore them.

I Roger Blanchard 2744 PARK MILLS RD ADAMSTOWN, MD 21710-9103

301-518-9699

He lists items on eBay. He charges $80 to repair a speedo and I think $20 for the gauges plus shipping. I sent and received them within a week. Installed them and they work. So if your time is worth anything then consider using Roger.




 


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