Shiny Bright Studebaker Gauges

Updated: Jan 21


Just finished the refurbishment of these gauges. Bottom three are for a Super Lark and the clock goes into a Lark convertible. When the Super Lark gauges came into the shop, the speedometer was not in working order and all of the gauges were dirty and corroded. After 50 years, the lube dries out, there's corrosion on internal gears, the faceplates and needles are faded with flaking paint and many times the needles are frozen.


I remove the bezel rings and the glass - they are replated or completely replaced if they are in bad condition when rust or metal blistering under the chrome is present. Chipped, scratched glass face covers are replaced. I clean the internal parts and gears, relube everything, repaint needles, completely replace faceplate decals when needed, clean and repaint the light diffuser ring and replace the vellum light windows depending on the car model and if present in the gauge set. All these delicate pieces are put back together with the faceplates aligned correctly and the needles free and moving. I then calibrate the gauges with the correct sending unit and a power supply before completely reassembling with glass and bezels attaching them to the backing cases.


The clock was dead on arrival. The escarpment wheel and main winding gear were out of their pivots, hanging loose inside the case. I took the clock apart, cleaned all internal and external parts, remounted the winding gear and escarpment wheel, removed and took the flaking paint needles down to bare metal and primed, repainted them and cleaned the faceplate. The aluminum cone in the center of the clock faceplate was lathe turned to clean and resurface it. When the clock was put back together, I attached it to a battery to check my work. It's always a thrill to hear these 60 year old clocks ticking again after refurbishment.

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