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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up an original 5-gauge cluster, complete, for a project I'm working on for my FB. It needs refurbishing; chrome and camera-case black paint. Does anyone know where I can get this done? Locally, I can't find any. One shop mentioned an outfit in Texas; also said it would propably be cheaper to get a repo. I knew that.
BTW, if anyone needs any or all of the gauges, let me know. But, it looks like the ammeter is toast. Maybe I should post this part in the "Free/trade" board. Oh well.......

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 11:56 AM
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Try Raymond at fast67@attbi.com, he has done work for me and it was quite good and price was reasonable. He is in Texas.


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Why rechrome when repro's are available so cheap?

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 12:24 PM
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Because repros are less than ideal. I have one on my coupe. The 25 dollar one. I went nuts trying to get it to fit right.

When I finally compared it to the old one, I found that the speedometer opening was a half inch off! I now go nuts every time I drive it. No one else can notice because it looks OK from the side. There were OEM Ford units available a while back for about 125.




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I'm interested in the gauges, toast or not. I currently have the idiot lights and want to put the gauge bezel in...

Looking at your car and mine, I have nothing to trade. Name a price...

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 12:32 PM
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Try this link
http://www.mrgusa.com/rechrome.htm#fmc

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 12:34 PM
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Cannot speak for 65/66, but I bought a repro 68, what a piece of junk. Ill fitting, poor chrome. Ray in Texas does nice work, I sent him some pieces to be redone, very happy with them.

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Does he do plastic repair as well? Some of my bezels have some chips out of them around the edges. They are original deluxe bezels, so I'd like to save them.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 02:29 PM
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He repairs the plastic and rechromes...does excellent work.
While your getting them done you might as well send him your brushed aluminum....he rebrushes the aluminum (he can get rid of most small pits and puts a nice even finish on them)
and screen prints the lettering on them....

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Yes he does.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2002, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I did buy one, for $39, but like the other replies have mentioned, they're crap. I had to do some cutting just to fit the gauge mounting plate to the repro bezel, and it still didn't look right.
It fits perfectly into the original one that I would like to have refinished.
Thanks for your reply; and to all you other VMF'rs for responding to my querry. I will check out the sources mentioned. Thanks again.


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