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Old 09-01-2017, 10:14 PM
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52 gauge cluster glass seal

I took the gauge cluster apart tonight for a good cleaning and polish. The glass had a rubber type goey gasket that kept me from totally cleaning the glass. Any thoughts on a good way to seal up the gauge cluster after I clean the old seal out of the groove?

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Old 09-06-2017, 06:48 PM
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I'll try the buffing wheel, thanks.
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I have had a few sets apart and all of them had a thin cork gasket.
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I would use duct seal. Available at most hardware stores.
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I would think anything at all soft will eventually ooze some plasticizers when exposed to heat. Cork sounds like a safer bet.
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I would think anything at all soft will eventually ooze some plasticizers when exposed to heat. Cork sounds like a safer bet.
I have used duct seal in a wide variety of applications including hot air HVAC air handlers. It doesn't bleed out at high temps of around 150°F. It doesn't "age" like gaskets do. I have also used it for potting electrical components.
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I picked some large o rings from mcmaster that are going to work nicely on the glass seal. But when taking it apart this piece of tape fell off the back hole, which I assume is a dust shield that used to let light in from the bulb. Any thoughts on what to use on that hole? Clear packing tape?


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Could it have been the red filter for the high beam indicator?
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No that is on the speedo unit with the two turn signals arrows. This is on the gauge cluster.
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The two I worked on used a thin cork gasket, I bought a roll online and made mine. I have some left if you need it. It worked great. PM me if you want pictures of the gauges and the cork roll...


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Used cork tape on mine, use it in HVAC sealing, but can take apart, comes in a roll.
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Thanks, any thoughts on that tape over the hole? Think I would be ok using a piece of packing tape over it? It's the hole where the light from the bulb behind it illuminated the gauge faces.

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Thanks, any thoughts on that tape over the hole? Think I would be ok using a piece of packing tape over it? It's the hole where the light from the bulb behind it illuminated the gauge faces.

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Try it. If it doesn't work right, or look right, take it off.
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I used plummers putty rolled really long and thin for the glass seal. Excess was just trimmed off.
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