1983-ish 4X4 Front Dog Dish Hub Cap

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I just painted it like 2 minutes before your message came in, sorry.
Looks good though. Here it is now.
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Man, that looks great! And no worries at all!! Now I just have to make all the rest look as good as this one!!
 

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Sorry to use this thread for something it wasn't intended, but these are also for
@Old60Driver .

Here are the other gauges I was telling you about. These are 80s style.
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Can I borrow your needle :) for voltage that is
 

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Can I borrow your needle :) for voltage that is
I could fix that for you.
I also have another volt gauge, but it's a 70s style one.
 

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I could fix that for you.
I also have another volt gauge, but it's a 70s style one.
dont they sell the needles? are they hard to replace? if not the next time I do the cluster when I also do the plastic backing because its gonna fall apaart by then (brittle) I should put a new needle on. not only did it break but it bent slightly so it doesnt aim where the base aims with whats left.
 

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dont they sell the needles? are they hard to replace? if not the next time I do the cluster when I also do the plastic backing because its gonna fall apaart by then (brittle) I should put a new needle on. not only did it break but it bent slightly so it doesnt aim where the base aims with whats left.
As far as I know, no, they dont make replacement needles. And I don't think they come off. I've tried, and mine didnt.
If it's just bent, it's pretty easy to straighten, they're real soft.
If your looking to fix a broken one, I'd say super glue a little peice of cardboard or a peice of tooth pick on it. Then take a peice of paper cut a **** in it, and slip it behind the needle and hit it with some orange spray paint.

I restored my gauges a while back. Fixed one that was broken, and then repainted everything that was orange. Clear coated the whole setup, super clued the crack in the lense, sanded it, then polished the whole thing with some polishing compound. Came out nice, looks almost new.
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Since that pic, I replaced that shift needle with one that works and is the right age.
 

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As far as I know, no, they dont make replacement needles. And I don't think they come off. I've tried, and mine didnt.
If it's just bent, it's pretty easy to straighten, they're real soft.
If your looking to fix a broken one, I'd say super glue a little peice of cardboard or a peice of tooth pick on it. Then take a peice of paper cut a **** in it, and slip it behind the needle and hit it with some orange spray paint.

I restored my gauges a while back. Fixed one that was broken, and then repainted everything that was orange. Clear coated the whole setup, super clued the crack in the lense, sanded it, then polished the whole thing with some polishing compound. Came out nice, looks almost new.
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Since that pic, I replaced that shift needle with one that works and is the right age.
one day i will secure a needle.

To be fair to my bucket of a truck, the dash cluster is in good shape for the printed circuit and the actual gauges working or not. Something that surrpsies me lol. Maybe the UV that hit the scratched plastic on the front gets blocked because its scratched. the needle unfortunately was my accident when handliing it a while back. The gauges are still good faced and the needles only slightly dull. of course that one needs a needle but Im sure ill figure somehting out

I guess my only option left is to put the volt meter from this in:
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The real shame is the damn clock. Couldnt have been one of these :(

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I would have been cool with that!!!

I can use the clock in my buick for the passengers viewing pleasure of the current time, maybe.
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Im not really sure who thought the clock being over there was helpful for a driver.
 

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As far as I know, no, they don't make replacement needles. And I don't think they come off. I've tried, and mine didn't.

The gauge needles will come off. I made a tool so I could easily remove them. A 3" long, 1/2" wide piece of sheet metal. Bend a little curve in one end, then cut a notch right down the middle of the bend. Use it like a miniature lady's slipper.

I also sanded the curved end smooth so it would not cut into the underside of the plastic needle. You also need to make sure to match where the needle was pointing to. Then line up the needle when pushing it on without turning it.
 

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The gauge needles will come off. I made a tool so I could easily remove them. A 3" long, 1/2" wide piece of sheet metal. Bend a little curve in one end, then cut a notch right down the middle of the bend. Use it like a miniature lady's slipper.

I also sanded the curved end smooth so it would not cut into the underside of the plastic needle. You also need to make sure to match where the needle was pointing to. Then line up the needle when pushing it on without turning it.
I actually just found that out today. I was messing around with on of my dead gauges, and I gave it a little tug, and it popped off. Never tried, didn't know they came off, now i do
 

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Yep. The picture for reference in the OP's opening post is that of a GM 10 bolt. Some K20's and all K30's had the Dana 60 which is a different cap. The hole is bigger to fit the larger hub and it has a 1/2" lip. Just wanted to point that out because it makes a world of difference trying to find one.
1980 k30
 

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As far as I know, no, they dont make replacement needles. And I don't think they come off. I've tried, and mine didnt.
If it's just bent, it's pretty easy to straighten, they're real soft.
If your looking to fix a broken one, I'd say super glue a little peice of cardboard or a peice of tooth pick on it. Then take a peice of paper cut a **** in it, and slip it behind the needle and hit it with some orange spray paint.

I restored my gauges a while back. Fixed one that was broken, and then repainted everything that was orange. Clear coated the whole setup, super clued the crack in the lense, sanded it, then polished the whole thing with some polishing compound. Came out nice, looks almost new.
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Since that pic, I replaced that shift needle with one that works and is the right age.
Didnt the 70s use red needles? Or at least some point in the 70s? For some reason I thought they were red... I dont remember where or why.. my dads 75 maybe..
 

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