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#1455942 Wed Jun 22 2022 02:37 AM
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'Bolter
Does anyone have a clue the name of the FONT Chevy used on the gauges in the mid to late 30’s. The numbers in particular. They taper toward the top. I want to make my own decal to put on a clock I found,(not original but would work nice) to copy a picture of a clock I found. Hate to recreate on cad if I don’t have to… Larry

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Larry
All you need in life is TIME, PATIENCE and MONEY.
If you are missing one component, you'll need an abundance of the others two.
37 GC #1456536 Sun Jun 26 2022 10:04 PM
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'Bolter
If you're taking the clock apart, take the face to a print shop. They can scan it and make a decal for you any size and color you want.

Last edited by Otto Skorzeny; Mon Jun 27 2022 09:15 PM.

1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe
1950 Chevrolet 3100
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
1966 Ford Mustang
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150
1995 Ford F-150
37 GC #1456680 Tue Jun 28 2022 01:25 PM
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'Bolter
I looked for a long time for that font when I was working on my tach and vacuum gauge, I never found anything like it. You may have to scan a decal set for '37 and move the numbers to your clock. That was going to be my next choice, but I got lazy and used what it had.

37 GC #1456941 Thu Jun 30 2022 01:33 PM
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'Bolter
Larry, that like all fonts GM used were proprietary and while they can be copied/recreated for personal use to my knowledge they can't be recreated and sold and are therefore are not available commercially (except for "decals" made by others and sold with GMs permission). But if you have that clock face in the image you've attached it will be easy to scan/copy and re-scale it or copy and enhance it...pretty much anything you want. Use GIMP for that type of work. It is free use and very capable. There is also a program in Windows 10 named Paint 3D which will allow you (albeit crudely) to select out numerals and fonts, etc. If you look up top in this section, you'll see a sticky containing a printable sheet of image files you can use to make waterslide decals for the AD trucks. You'll see those fonts are not perfect copies of original, but awfully doggone close and the speedometer dial doesn't match original because it was created to allow the user to install an electronic speedometer. I wrote a good bit about that and other speedometer work a couple or three years ago. Let me know if you want me to find it and re-post. I haven't done any other gauge numerals or characters, though. If you have a good deal of time you can search through all the free fonts folks create and post on the internet. You might find upward tapered fonts...but I doubt all characteristics would match. Good luck.


Jon

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T5 with 3.07 rear end
37 GC #1456984 Thu Jun 30 2022 07:55 PM
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Creating a digital image from scratch to print on a decal is very hard work but it will produce a clean sharp image.
Except for the aging effect on an original clock face, it will provide the best results.
You'll not be able to clone a modern clock to look exactly (mechanically, electrically and appearance) as an original $400+ clock.

If you want something tolerable, I would buy a decal kit that includes the clock face, such as:
https://store.fillingstation.com/detail/SA-121/Chevrolet_19351936CAR19361939TRK_GAUGE_DECAL_KIT.html

For editing, place the decal on a scanner and scan-in at 400DPI or higher. Use a good photo editor like Corel Paintshop Pro.
Complete you editing and copy the file to a thumb drive and take it to a decal maker or send the file to an on-line decal maker.


"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
37 GC #1456985 Thu Jun 30 2022 08:10 PM
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'Bolter
Might ths help some? Refurbishing Dash Gauge Cluster

I remembered see an old gauge ... turned into a new looking gauge. It includes a picture of the kit.

Last edited by Peggy M; Thu Jun 30 2022 10:21 PM.

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37 GC #1456993 Thu Jun 30 2022 10:09 PM
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'Bolter
Larry, you can pluck those out of that image you posted using GIMP and then doctor them up and use them as you wish. If you scan it, you can get them much sharper. Any of that stuff is only as good as you begin. Attached below is the 6.

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Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
37 GC #1457010 Thu Jun 30 2022 11:51 PM
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"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
37 GC #1462563 Sun Aug 14 2022 01:13 AM
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37 GC Offline OP
'Bolter
thanks all. just trying to not reinvent the wheel. If someone knew of a font that would be the easy way out as I can scan and Photoshop the daylights out of things or completely recreate something...but I'm thinking buoymakers suggestion for a "Car decal set for the '36 from the filling station looks to be the complete answer for what I'm doing without even making my own decal. That exactly the pic! Thanks for that and much appreciated.


Larry
All you need in life is TIME, PATIENCE and MONEY.
If you are missing one component, you'll need an abundance of the others two.

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