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1950 GMC gauge paint
#1363198 Tue Jun 02 2020 03:36 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Hello all, In the process of rebuilding the gauges in my 1950 GMC and was wanting to know if there a paint code, or rattle can that will match the yellow used on gauge faces. I have the decals but need to repaint the one with 4 separate gauges. the face needs redone.
Thanks,
Ron

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Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363205 Tue Jun 02 2020 04:47 PM
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ace skiver
You might want to also join the oldGMCtrucks [oldgmctrucks.infopop.cc] discussion board.

Rob English is the "owner" - Rob also has a very informative old GMC website: http://www.oldgmctrucks.com/


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363216 Tue Jun 02 2020 05:52 PM
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Shop Shark
Rust-oleum Gloss Protective Enamel is almost an exact match. There is no 'name' for the color, just match your gauge face color to the cap on the rattle can. It looks more beige than yellow. On my gauge I painted the circumference and the 4 'spokes' and left the section with the gauge names intact. Virtually undetectable.

Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363224 Tue Jun 02 2020 06:36 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
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ace skiver


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363233 Tue Jun 02 2020 08:06 PM
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Shop Shark
Guess I could have looked at the back of the can for the number! It's marked '7771 Sand' and '20066 77718', so that's a match for the '7771830' on the web site. I was able to paint the gauge at a good break point on the face which minimizes the slight contrast with the original, and probably faded, paint. Of course you could also paint the whole part and get new a new lettering kit for the gauge. Once painted and installed in the dash, the gauge is far enough way from my eyes that I can't see any difference in the colors.

Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363295 Wed Jun 03 2020 02:27 AM
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Wrench Fetcher
Thanks Jim. I stopped at ace on my home and bought the sand paint was going to post the name later, but you beat me to it. The cap sure looks like a match. I will post pics after painting to show how it comes out.

Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363474 Thu Jun 04 2020 02:05 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Another question. I received the decals, and they have gasoline, and you can see in my pics that my plate has fuel. Anybody know why the difference? All the pics I find show gasoline.
Thanks,
Ron

Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363488 Thu Jun 04 2020 05:26 PM
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Shop Shark
Ron, both my '48 GMC and my '48 Chevy have 'gasoline' on the gauge. Jim Carter's catalogue shows a part number difference for the '52-'53 Gauge Refacing Kit, which uses a 90 mph speedometer as opposed to 80 mph speedo for the '47-'51. Maybe they changed the word 'gasoline' to 'fuel' for the later models but I think you have the right decals for your truck.

Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363528 Thu Jun 04 2020 10:07 PM
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Ron,
Chevrolet used the word Gasoline for their gauges throughout and GMC used both Gasoline and Fuel for theirs. I am not sure what year the change was for GMC. You will probably also notice that Chev gauges used Battery and GMC used Amperes. I have a set of late 1951 to 53 NOS GMC gauges and it has fuel/amperes vice gasoline/battery.

Dave

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Re: 1950 GMC gauge paint
MOTOXFAMILY #1363541 Fri Jun 05 2020 12:15 AM
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Shop Shark
Interesting. I suggested that there might be a difference between the '48-'50 gauges and the '51-'53 set. The reason was that there is an illustration in the 1939-1951 GMC Master Parts Book that shows 'gasoline' rather than 'fuel'. The illustration does, as Dave pointed out, also show the use of 'amperes' rather than 'battery' as used by Chevrolet. Ron's gauge photo may be the correct one for his truck. The illustration also shows that only the oil pressure gauge is mechanical. Dave, does your NOS gauge match that?

My camera battery is quite elderly and not being cooperative at the moment but I'll try and post a photo of the drawing later. Because it's a drawing it is difficult to read and I hope I can get a clear photo for everyone.

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