Gauge Cluster Restoration

Discussion in 'Original Drivetrain Topic' started by Zclassic, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Zclassic

    Zclassic Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 28, 2002
    Walnut Hill, Florida
    I have a very noisy speedometer in one of my L78's. So noisy I can't drive the car with the speedo connected. It also twisted the end of the old cable off. The cluster does not look that bad for being original and all the gauges work but thought about sending it to a reputable shop to have it restored. Anyone have a positive/negative experience with doing this? I imagine the speedo head is worn and there is no place to lube it that I can see. A repo speedometer is just under $300 but would rather put that money in restoring the original cluster.
  2. 1972_Z-28

    1972_Z-28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    Sugar Land, Texas
  3. harbone66

    harbone66 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Central Illinois
    ^^^what he said, great place to do business with and he knows his sh*t when it comes to restoring clusters!
  4. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    erie, PA
    OP I applaud you for NOT buying a Chinese reproduction, and supporting the skilled domestic guy!

    we need many more like you!
  5. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Ringgold, GA
    Another tip of the hat for Daniel at Gauge Mark. I found it better to call him, he doesn't check email often.
  6. masck1

    masck1 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    He did my gauge cluster and the service was great and the cluster looked prefect
  7. BillyDean7173

    BillyDean7173 Veteran Member

    May 21, 2014
    Hutto, TX
    Daniel at Gauge Marks is restoring my cluster. Going with a mix of LED and incandescent, a voltmeter, and his oil gauge instead of a clock. Sent him three clusters, an extra tach and gear indicator so he would have plenty to work with. Super nice guy.
  8. Budz

    Budz Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    Ashburn, Va USA
    Nice collection in your sig Zclassic....! :bowtie:

    '70 RS/SS L34/auto, '70 540cid 9 second drag car
    (3)'70 RS/SS L78, 70 SS L78, '70 SS L78 clone/5 speed
    70 RS/Z28/4 speed/paint delete code, '70 RS/Z28/auto/Daytona Yellow
    (2)'70 SS L34/4 speed, '70 RS/SS L48/4 speed
    '73 Z28/4 speed, '74 Z28/auto, '78 Z28/auto, '81 NASCAR TransAm,
    '73 Vette 4 speed/ragtop, (2)'89 IROC, Ragtop, T-Top

  9. Zclassic

    Zclassic Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 28, 2002
    Walnut Hill, Florida
    Thanks Budz!

    Many thanks to all that replied. I will contact Gauge Marks and see what they say...

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