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Just a little more work, re chromed steering column parts, reworked steering wheel. Cluster reworked and painted 3 different colors. white, semi black, semi Fiesta Red
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Beautiful work, Charles.
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I agree will certainly allow show quality.
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Using a flashlight to light the instrument panel to see it lighted up. One more task on the list to check off.
Didn't like the red colored plastic on the gen and oil lights so we made our own out of red film that's used to do wraps on cars and trucks, it was cheap the wrap place gave me a square foot for free. But took a few days to come up with a film that would look just right day or night.



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A little shifter work. Re chromed lever and base. New park/neutral switch, lamp for shifter selector and lens.





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Why does your TEMP gage rest at 'hot'? I'm not critical but since you have the gauges out you may want to check it out. These King Seeley gauges are relatively easy to fix. There is no armature or pivot.

The Fuel should rest on "Empty" and the Temp should rest on "Cold".

1956 was the ONLY year Ford used 12-volt gauges. If you have problems finding one, use a '55 gauge with a CVR. - Dave
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That's a good question, I already asked, and was told they where good when tested last week and I know they where good when we tore the Bird down. But I'll pull them again and test again just to be sure because I did ask twice if they had been tested.
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Charlie, both gauges are identical AND interchangeable. I have never seen a temp gauge that reads 'hot' with no power. Have you?

With all respect, I would have a serious discussion with the guy who 'tested' them. Here's a link to our site that discusses Ford gauges:
http://squarebirds.org/gauges/HeatActivated/

I have a '55 Customline with your cluster. All the gauges have a K-S mark on them, showing they were made by King-Seeley for Ford and for many decades. Squarebird gauges are exactly the same except they mounted both in the same housing and one is upside-down. The guts are all identical except, in '56 they used ni-chrome wire for 12-volts on the bi-metal strip. Ford quickly reverted back to six volts in '57 but they added a Constant Voltage Regulator for the gauges.

I hope this helps.

BTW, I used a red LED in that little hole for the upper beams. It worked out nicely. - Dave
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Slow going but started wiring dash and finding out what more we need to make this all work.






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Thanks for posting your project! It is looking awesome and you are going to have one sweet ride to be proud of when you are done!
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