I've been wanted to replace my idiot lights with oil pressure/volt gauges as well as add a tach to my '59 but really like the look of the stock dash. I just found this on ebay, seller says it's from a firetruck. Must have been a '57-'59 by the color of the gauges. Has anyone seen this before? I'll have to keep a lookout for one of these form a '60(I really like the look of the gray/silver gauges that I have but I believe they only did that in '60)
Yea I'd rather the tach go to 5 or 5.5K and it looks like it's an ammeter instead of volts but not a big deal, still one of the cooler "big truck upgrades" I've found.
First two pics are from the auction, last pic is the dash in my truck(truck is a '59, dash is a '60)
The panel in the auction is probably from a C750 or larger (see the red base it is mounted to). The basic panel is the same as used in the F Series. You would not be able to use the tach unless you get a tach drive distributor, as it is cable driven. As the tachs used in the older Ford trucks were with the HD and SD engines, most had RPM ranges that topped out at 4000 or so. These panels show up an Ebay from time to time, sometimes with an air pressure gauge (air brake trucks) or a vacuum gauge (vacuum over hydraulic brake trucks) in addition to the tach, or in place of the tach. The prices often go high.
For the ammeter and oil pressure gauges, they were usually found on the hevy duty trucks (F700 and up, C700 and up). If you want gauges, and are not too concerned about the exact look, the individual gauges from the F500 and up from about 67 to 72 (and maybe later) look to fit the panels of our trucks. Also keep an eye out for C Series trucks, as they used the same basic gauges.
yea I figured it would probably go for quit a bit, now that I know they're out there I'll keep an eye out locally.
I know it's cable drive but didn't the some of the HD 292's come with cable drive distributors?
The only way I'd spend money on these old original gauges were if I could find them in gray/silver to match what I have, I think mine look really slick and the ones from other years just look like old gauges. I think they only used that color in '60 for small trucks, f100-f350, I've never looked at the bigger trucks to see what they had.