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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 01:49 PM
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Converting speedometer to km/hr?

Has anyone ever had an MPH speedometer converted to a km/hr? I have a '67 convertible with std. cluster that I need converted.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 02:34 PM
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Re: Converting speedometer to km/hr?

I talked with Tachman just last month about this. He does not have a silkscreen setup for this and it would cost a extra couple hundred to do the artwork.

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In Canada when we converted to metric 30+ years ago we simply put stickers on the speedo gauge. 60mph is 100 kph.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 02:47 PM
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I had a quote of $400 for an original km/h speedo, so $200 would be a big savings!
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Somewhere there's a rusted and wrecked '67 T-5 sitting in a backyard or wrecking yard with a lovely export speedo languishing within, lonely, forgotten.....

Just torturing you Charles...

I've got a couple possibilities in Europe, would you like me to find out if they've got a good used unit they'd like to sell?
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Rick: That would be great if it's not too much trouble. As I mentioned, got a quote for $400, but the buyer of the car was not willing to pay that much.
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Charles,

I was wanting one also so maybe the Tachman would do it. Plus if they are going for $400, it might be worth his time to create it.

Let me know if he will do it.

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No trouble at all, just a couple emails... Give it 1-2 days...
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Re: Converting speedometer to km/hr?

Just a thought... anyone reasonably competent with a computer graphics program could re-create a new "face" (spacing/calibrating the numbers accordingly). Print it on self-adhesive paper (available at any stationary store) with a good quality laser printer and it just might do the job. A zillion white face appliques have been installed in every style of classic car made and I don't ever recall hearing any complaints.

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Re: Converting speedometer to km/hr?

Changing the face of the speedo to km/h is easy with a decal, these are regularly offered over here on eBay.

The question is, do you need the odometer to count km too? If so it is more complicated and will require a different drive gear.

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The gearing of the odometer is what I was originally concerned about, which you have confirmed will be an issue.

Thanks for all the replies.
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How about THIS?

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Re: Converting speedometer to km/hr?

Charles,
I googled a little bit and found several companies that make custom "ratio adapters" for speedometer cables. Might be worth a call to see if they can do a MPH to KMH adapter?

Here's the link:

http://www.transmissioncenter.net/sp...atio%20adapter

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Re: Converting speedometer to km/hr?


I have an NOS '67 200KPH speedo w/ trip (even harder to find). Not for sale but for reference:












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Charles,

My Euro parts connections didn't have one at this time (one had a '66)...

But I did find out that when they DO have a KPH speedo, they sell for the equivalent of $600 U.S. over there. So market-wise, the $400 unit here would be considered not a bad deal in Europe.

Now that I think about it, they probably have a hell of alot more demand for those over there, with the amount of U.S. DSO cars that have been imported...

Which also makes me think that one of these gauge rebuilding outfits may be surprised how much overseas business they might get if they offered KPH conversions.

Anyhow, I struck out...
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