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Shifting diagram dash plate #1307718 Fri Apr 19 2019 03:16 PM
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King Kielbasa Offline OP
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Have a transmission shifting diagram from the dash of my truck that will probably reattach after dash is painted. Looking for advice on how to clean/refurbish it, or should I just leave it alone

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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307725 Fri Apr 19 2019 03:35 PM
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What type of metal?đź› 


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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: Justhorsenround] #1307729 Fri Apr 19 2019 03:50 PM
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This is cool! Where did it mount on the dash? Was this common to the 1-ton panel trucks? Those of us with a 4-speed transmission pattern like this just may want to locate one as well...

Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307731 Fri Apr 19 2019 04:04 PM
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I'd say an easy pass on a buffing wheel. If you're not sure, test on the back side. You might not get all the nooks and crannies, but that'll give it the well worn patina look.

Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307736 Fri Apr 19 2019 04:15 PM
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Brad Allen Offline
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I have one of these plates and had never seen another until your post. I used a mild rubbing compound (jewelers rouge) to clean off the accumulated grime. It is pretty soft alloy.
Something else l did since I did not want to drill my dash. I attached the plate and screw heads with acrylic caulk (non-silicone). If you need to remove it peels right off and did not damage my paint.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/8129178187/in/album-72157631867396207/
This is the parts truck I pulled mine from (1952 3600 Farm Truck).
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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307782 Fri Apr 19 2019 09:26 PM
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way cool! I would agree with some rubbing compound, probably on a rag to start with, depends on the finished look you are going for. You can buff it way up and repaint the center black, then carefully take the paint off the ridges and numbers.


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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307792 Fri Apr 19 2019 10:21 PM
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It is likely zinc.

Be real careful with it and any abrasives.

If it was painted you could again and then selectively sand the high spots with 400 or 600 grit paper.


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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307804 Sat Apr 20 2019 12:11 AM
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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307826 Sat Apr 20 2019 04:36 AM
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What about a little dip in vinegar? I know vinegar will make a penny shine like new after a little soak. Test the back first.


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Re: Shifting diagram dash plate [Re: King Kielbasa] #1307835 Sat Apr 20 2019 08:58 AM
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King Kielbasa Offline OP
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Thanks for all the replies. Do not know what type of metal it is but it is very soft and bendable.
This was located above the speedometer and attached with clutch head screws, since the holes are already there think I will reattach it the same way.
She was originally a Navy truck so I don't know if that had anything to do with the reason for the shift pattern plate being there. The only buffing wheels I have are for the dremel and have no experience using them. Whatever I do i will test on back first before proceeding, sounds like these aren't readily available so probably try not to screw it up.
Thanks again to all on this site there is so much knowledge I have obtained here.


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