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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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1966 Chevrolet Caprice 2 Door Hardtop (396 Big Block) 1951 GMC 9434 5 Window (waiting on a 292 transplant)
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.