I have so many projects backed up in the queue! There's a list of stuff to do on Greeny, and a whole slew of guitar things in the wings (I made a rhyme!).
I managed to get one small project done on Greeny this last weekend. You may recall I put a set of Autometer gauges in almost 2 years ago. I like the faces of the gauges, but I've never been wild about the silver colored bezels. They really don't fit with the interior - you might say they are not very SAAB-like. I have VDO gauges in my other 900 and they have black bezels.
You can see what I mean about the silver bezels. Just a bit...shiny.
And everything else is black.
Not to mention that the Autometer angle mounting rings were just not working out. They kept slipping and just didn't look that good.
So I decided to paint the bezels, and install a new angled gauge panel.
I decided to use that newfangled Plastidip paint, which is a rubberized type of paint. Apparently people paint wheels and even entire cars with it! It is easily peeled off, so I figured if I messed it up too much, or just didn't like it, it would be easy to remove.
I measured the gauge faces with a caliper - they were 1.769 inches. Then halving that, I got .08845 inches. Set the caliper to that and used that to set the distance on a compass.
Then I drew that circle on the index card an cut them out.
They weren't exact, but they were darn close.
The auto parts store I went to had the Flexidip in quite a few colors - red, green, pink, purple - in addition to black.
Here are the two gauges after painting them.
The upside of this paint it that it's easily removed - driving the car just this morning I saw a bit of overspray on the glass of the boost gauge - I'll just scrape that off with an X-Acto knife later.
On the water temp, the sensor line is 'permanently' attached to the gauge. Of course when I put it in originally, I just threaded the line through the hole in the mounting ring and the panel, then through the firewall to the sender.
Taking it out is a different story!
I just cut the mounting ring and panel since I'm not reusing them.
But this also means I have to paint the thing while it's still in the dash.
Be warned: the paint is very soft until it fully cures - about 24 hours. It's very easy to scrape it off when you handle it.
Ask me how I know this.
But you get the idea.
Looks a whole lot better than the old panel with the angle mounts I think.
And the color is much more SAAB-like, yes?