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Old 07-10-2005, 06:30 PM
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Custom Gauge Faces

Hey everyone. I'm looking to make some custom gauge faces and I was wondering if anyone has seen any sites on how they make the gauge faces...or if there are any places that will do that if you give them a design. I'm in the Kansas City area for the summer, but I live in Columbus and Cleveland during the rest of the year. So if anyone has any tips or suggestions about this, I'd appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

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Old 07-10-2005, 06:57 PM
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Any good Engraver should be able to make an insert in whatever style you want. I have a really good engraver out here in Salt Lake that made a fake Riviera Tach that looks factroy.
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what kind of material do they use?...
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They use vinyl or anything else they can get a tool into. They did all the Olympic Bells for the Winter Games here a few years back and do a lot of the stuff for the Buick Grand National guys. They are, quite frankly, amazing. The Company is Williams and Sons Engraving. I can get thier phone number if you are interested.
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if your guage faces are flat you can make them at home on a good printer and a photo editing program, Or you can buy them frm places like Speedhut.com

I have a white faces on mine at night they light up in a indigo blue and change the flames to a puprel color.

if you want to make them they are not to hard if you can get yours out. just take them in the house and scan themin to your computer change the colors to what you want and or add what you want on them. get evry thing in the right way and also a good idea is try a few of them to make sure they line up right.
then when you have the final copy you print them out on photo paper at the best quality you can get and the biggest ppi you have. basically the best image photos that you can print on your printer. cut them out and place them on your faces that you have now. the ones from speed hut are glued on with dubbel sided tape .
re assembel and put in your car.

If they are curved it is better to have someone with experince do them for you but you can do it just trial by fre for those.

If you have a new monte carlo like teh ones out now i have a extra set ill sell ya cheap LOL
Some how i orderd two sets instead of one so i have a extra set right now that are not being used.
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:29 PM
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Like a how new Monte Carlo? 78-87 or newer than that?
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my monte is the 6th gen monte carlo it is a 03 SS

I have owned several of the 78 year.
those pannels are flat all the way up threw even my body style but some of them had the HVAC pannels with curvs in them.
but the ones i have ill sell are for the 6th gen monte carlo with the guages in them not the idiot lights
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Earlier today I posted two pics in my journal of the custom faces I designed for my 53 Chevy. mickey1031 has basically explained it spot on. I'm putting a km/h speedo and 12V clock in, in place of the mph speedo and 6V clock.

I disassembled them and scanned the faces and played with colors and fonts and other custom stuff. I actually have inkjet sticker film (white) onto which I print them eventually. I want to get transparent blue perspex of 3mm, stick the faces onto that and only then cut the faces from the perspex sheet and drill the center holes. With white light from behind they'll glow blue at night.

I will update my journal with the progress once of got the perspex. Before then I also have to get new ink cartridges as mine are on empty and aren't producing good quality anymore.
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if you can find the self sticking stuff that would be ideal for this.
I have been trying to come up with a way to make one for my HVAC . they dont make them for it and due to the curves in it i have had some dificulty in it but im getting closer to it LOL
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