Every diehard vintage car lover just adores the style and character in their classic car’s instrument panels, however, our time, neglect and reckless add-ons can deteriorate their operation. We have listed some of the most common issues with the vintage car instruments and an insight into how to fix them.

  1. If your car is vintage enough to bear an ammeter, that helps in reading amps rather than the volts, you are most likely not aware that it was designed in such a way that it can read a maximum of 40 to 50 amps. If you have equipped a high amperage alternator, then your ammeter and the wires surrounding it will get hot and probably even melt, or catch fire too. The solution is to switch the gauge from amps to the volts.
  2. Always check the accuracy of the speedometer against a GPS app on your iPhone. If it is fast, add teeth to the gear which is attached to the other side of the cable that is firmly bolted to the transmission. When you add the teeth, it slows down the reading and subtracting the teeth accelerates it up.
  3. If the speedometer needle bounces at the low speed, make note that it is the cable. Pull it out from the casing and clean it with the help of WD 40, and then lube it with the appropriate grease. If it bounces and generates noise on the freeway, note that something is wrong with the speedometer. Take it to the Ford instrument cluster replacement to get this issue addressed.
  4. If the transmission has been changed to something that uses a speed sensor rather than a speedometer cable, then any speedometer can be upgraded to the GPS. The odometer will be transformed to a digital display and then set to zero.
  5. On almost every vintage gauge clusters, you will find a little box to the back which is a points style voltage regulator. When the points stick, the voltage can peg all the gauges at the same time and then short them out. The gist is to replace the box with a solid voltage regulator.
  6. The vintage gauge clusters are not designed for 12 volts, but 5. Always make the use of a voltage regulator to daisy chain the power studs altogether in order to eliminate the gauge input voltage.
  7. The pointers can be saved when you correctly apply the basecoat in white and florescent red orange paint. This job can be duly accomplished by a professional to save the pointer balance.
  8. The hash marks and numbers on the gauge face can be entirely restored by our expert crew. We can also personalize it to showcase any artwork, color or any font imaginable.
  9. The glass on the face can be easily restored with the help of 000 steel wool and glass polish. You can sandblast and paint the outer bezel or powdercoat it back to the factory colors.
  10. When having a factory tach, it won’t work with an aftermarket tach signal. You can now convert any factory tach to work with any kind of aftermarket signal with the help of a tach adapter and new internals. We don’t recommend going DIY on this.