On Sun, 6 Dec 1998, Brian Sanborn wrote:
> 1. When I twist off the round bezels these hard pieces of old rubber or
> cork gasket just fall out on to the table. Does anyone know of a source for
> new gaskets or how to make new one yourself? I got new O-rings for the
> outside of the instrument housing from Moss.... but can't find any "inside
> the instrument" stuff.
See BK's post... if you can find a watchmaker with *old* tools they will
have a gasket cutter. It's a tool that fits in a drill press and has
2 knives that cut a ring-shaped gasket (for pocket watches). Looks quite
wicked but it should work. Maybe have the watchmaker do it for you...
> 2. All around the edge of the instrument face and under the glass the
> outside edge of the glass the semi-gloss black paint has lifted.... either
> with the brittle gasket or stuck to the back of the glass. Has anyone had
> success with touching this up. If so... what paint?
Yep, Testors Flat Black. You need to polish a bit afterward to match the
patina. Or start with a semi-gloss black.
> 3. The faces of the instruments and glass all have a film on them. There
> was a lot of oil spray behind my dash on the harness and the back of the
> instruments. Some of this must have worked its way into the instrument
> interior... they are not air tight at all. I have cleaned the face with
> window cleaner type stuff and the surface grim is gone but the surface has
> lost its original shine. Any suggestions on renewing this look. I was
> considering using simple high quality car wax - no abrasives to rub off the
> white lettering?
jmwagner suggests Endust. I have never tried it. You're supposed to
spray it on then put the bezel back on; it stays "wet" looking and doesn't
> 4. Is there a trick to taking these things apart and getting them back
> together. I accidentally popped out the black dial face while taking apart
> the ammeter. The instrument guts and needle are fastened to the back of the
> case. How do I successful re-install the dial face with out bending the
> needle so it won't move freely?
Don't force it, get a larger hammer!
Other than that, I don't know.
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