Progress on the Series I instrument fascia.

The instrument fascia in my Series I was at one time brass plated by a previous owner. Although it looked quite nice for some time after it was done, in the 27 years that I have known this vehicle, the plating has bubbled and peeled, allowing elecrolytic corrosion to take place between the layers of dissimilar metals. I therefore decided to refresh the offending panel.

Here is what it looked like in the vehicle four months ago:

Once dismounted with the instruments removed, you get a better idea of the condition of the panel:

(You can see that the state of the plating was not good.)

Below, a view of the instruments- most of the dirt is on the inside of the glass...

And here is a view of the warning lights disassembled. (I have since scavenged replacement bezels and lenses from a derelict Rover P4):

I took the gauges apart, cleaned the glasses front and back, and cleaned the instrument faces where possible. I stripped the panel of remaining plating, and refinished it with a high-temperature black wrinkle paint. I then stripped and polished the natural brass instrument bezels, and reinstalled everything into the panel. The end result is a very neat looking panel, which is actually an inverse of how it had been the last thirty years or so:

The next step is to reinstall the panel into the fascia, and to rewire where needed.

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Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on October 20, 2010 at 12:55pm
Stuart: Thank you!
Ian: Those posts form an auxiliary 12 volt electrical outlet to power a trouble light or some such device. (Somewhere, I have at least one proper screw-terminal Lucas auxiliary plug which fits that outlet.)
Comment by Ian MacManus on October 20, 2010 at 12:39pm
What is the purpose of the binding posts on the left side?
Comment by Stuart on October 20, 2010 at 12:48am
Very nice work!
Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on October 18, 2010 at 6:38pm
Thank you- I believe the soft glow of the brass bezels against the black wrinkle finish gives a nice early industrial look to the thing. A look, which coincidentally, would not be out of place in a Supermarine Spitfire.
Comment by Steve_J on October 18, 2010 at 1:22pm
Well done sir, it has charm.

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