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Odometer issue. Repairable?
#1434957 Tue Dec 28 2021 08:51 PM
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Hi.

There is not 1 digit readable on my odometer. Is this something i can take out easily? Can i change the gauge, rollers or decals myself? Who has some experience in this.

Thanks

Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1434958 Tue Dec 28 2021 08:54 PM
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I've not tried rebuilding one myself. The classic speedo rebuilder I use in Cushman Speedometer in Wichita KS. https://cushmanspeedometer.com/


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1434960 Tue Dec 28 2021 09:01 PM
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Additional info. I live in the Netherlands. So sending it somewhere is a bit more difficult

Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1434961 Tue Dec 28 2021 09:12 PM
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Oops. I see that now. Hopefully someone with personal experience rebuilding one will be along to help. Good luck.


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1434963 Tue Dec 28 2021 09:26 PM
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You can buy decals and rebuild it your self. Just takes patience and follow directions closely.
Harold

https://oldchevytrucks.com/1934-1946/decals.html


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435002 Wed Dec 29 2021 12:47 AM
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It has been a while but I did plenty of them when I was a young man. The trick is to go slow and carefully. Document what you are taking apart so you will know exactly how it goes back together. You will need to identify at least one number on each wheel so you can position the decal strip properly otherwise when the 10th's wheel gets to 6 it might rotate the 1's wheel and so forth.


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435037 Wed Dec 29 2021 05:22 AM
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I have rebuilt one and it isn’t terribly difficult. I also used a reproduction decal kit and it turned out well. The worst part is taking off the speedometer needle off its pivot point. That is the absolute worst part because of the VERY fragile nature of that needle on the shaft. After that, go slowly, take pictures, and you’ll have it back together in no time.

Here is a sort of “before and after” of two speedos I had. Both were in this kind of rough shape when I started. You can do it. This was the very first speedo I had rebuilt and it went fine. Just be CAREFUL taking off the needle. These old chevs\GMCs aren’t sitting around in farmers’ fields in the Netherlands like they are in Canada and the US! I had 3 speedometers as backups just to be sure I had enough parts, in case I broke something.

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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435043 Wed Dec 29 2021 09:54 AM
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The odometers of a 1945 chevy aren't too hard to disasamble. Just make enough pictures of your disasambly so you know where everything goes. Unfortunately Prinstruckshop doesn't have te decals. So you probably need to get it shipped from the US.

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Use a common eating fork to remove the speedo needle.


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435086 Wed Dec 29 2021 06:34 PM
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Thanks all for the valuable information. I will go on the hunt for the decals.

Update: decals ordered. Now wait for them to arrive in the Netherlands

Last edited by Robby45; Wed Dec 29 2021 09:43 PM.
Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435890 Mon Jan 03 2022 08:14 PM
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If the decals don’t work out for you…

I purchased a new assembly of numbers when I refurbished the speedo head on my ‘46. It’s held immobile at all zeros with a plastic clip which you pull out AFTER you install the new assembly. If you remove the plastic clip before the assembly is securely in the head, you spend the rest of your life getting it reset back to all zeros (don’t ask how I know that).

I’m of average mechanical skill and am very pleased with the results.
Greg

Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435893 Mon Jan 03 2022 09:01 PM
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I posted free templates for printing these decals on waterslide decal paper. Here's a link: https://tinyurl.com/yc54nsua
Man it would be nice if we had Tech Tips or some sort of repository for stuff like this. The last odometer I re-did looks just like new.


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Greg '46 #1435938 Tue Jan 04 2022 01:15 AM
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I purchased a new assembly of numbers
Greg,

Where didyou buy the odometer unit?
Harold

Last edited by Harold46; Tue Jan 04 2022 01:16 AM.

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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1435950 Tue Jan 04 2022 02:34 AM
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Jim Carter has the whole odometer unit to put into your speedo.
Link [oldchevytrucks.com]


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Robby45 #1436005 Tue Jan 04 2022 03:52 PM
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im Carter has the whole odometer unit to put into your speedo.
Link [oldchevytrucks.com]

That unit is for the 1937-1939 & 1947-1954 Odometer. JC says this will not work in 1940-1946 trucks.
Harold


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Re: Odometer issue. Repairable?
Harold46 #1436051 Tue Jan 04 2022 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Harold46
That unit is for the 1937-1939 & 1947-1954 Odometer. JC says this will not work in 1940-1946 trucks.
Harold
Interesting that there's a gap in the years. I didn't notice that. blush


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