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Old 04-28-2007, 09:25 PM
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Amazing Discovery about Ford F1 Gauges.

I was replacing a gauge on my wifes 70 Ford F100, and the gauge looked familiar. I took one of the gauges out of my 52 cluster and it looked exactly the same, except for the face and the mount. I went to the junkyard and picked up an instrument cluster from a 69 F100 with a V8. After removing the face from both the 52 gauge and the 69 gauge I saw that both were the same except the 69 was 12 volt. You only need the FUEL, TEMP, and ALT. The F1 BAT gauge is a wire feed through type and reads amps not voltage, so it should continue to work

Very carefully remove the faces from the F1 gauges. Work at the bottom of the needle side. Just raise the bent corners that holds the face and slide it off. Do the reverse to put the F1 faces on the F100 gauges. Now unbolt the mountings on the back of the F1 gauges and mount them on the F100 gauges. Now you have 12 volt gauges for your F1 without the expense.

There is one setback for the 51/52 F1's. One of the 51/52 gauges is reversed. On mine it was the TEMP gauge, The new gauge reads backwards. I fixed that by scratching off the C and H and reversed them using a fine point Magic Marker.

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That is a fine tip...Might work on some other cars as well..

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hey thanks for the info
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Amazing discovery

I wonder how close the F-1 truck guages are to Ford cars of the same vintage. I will be updating the gauges in my '53 sedan soon. Any ideas?
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Any new pics of your f-1, how is the ride and handeling after the chassis swap?
Awesome truck ,Also do you know of anyone that makes door skins or doors for these trucks?I am trying to track down the owner of a piece of property where a 48-50 f1 cab and front clip has been dumped at somepoint in time,the cab is decent but the pass doorskin is rough
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Amazing discovery about Ford F-1 Gauges

I don't know about your '53 but the '56 12v gauges will slip right into the '42 to '48 panel.

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See that little taped up thing with snaps on both ends? That cuts the voltage in your later Ford, down to about 5-6 If I remember right. It is called a voltage regulator and the guages go wacky when it goes out.
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