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Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by kehughes » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:36 pm

A guy near me has this for sell. I need one this style for a '56 Servicar and the price is cheap if its kosher. I am, by no means, a speedo expert but I'm thinking something's not right. What do you guys think about the stamp on the back? I'm was thinking that 540's were not used until the mid 60's and it should be 509 . Also the L indicates a '67 body according to Stewar Warner charts. Am I wrong or has someone installed the face of an earlier speedo in a later body?

If I am correct about installing a '56-'61 face in a later body, will it still work with the early speedo gear and cable?
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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by ozwick86 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:53 pm

Yes,

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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by VPH-D » Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:02 pm

The 540 series of speedos are 1:1, and will not work in your Servi Car.
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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by RUBONE » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:05 pm

That is a '60s replacement speedo for '56-'61. Note the screws in the face. It will indeed work with your Servi-Car ratio drive however it never existed in '56.
Here is another one,
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Post by Perry Ruiter » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:10 pm

kehughes wrote:A guy near me has this for sale. I need one this style for a '56 Servicar and the price is cheap if its kosher. I am, by no means, a speedo expert but I'm thinking something's not right. What do you guys think about the stamp on the back? I'm was thinking that 540's were not used until the mid 60's and it should be 509 . Also the L indicates a '67 body according to Stewart Warner charts. Am I wrong or has someone installed the face of an earlier speedo in a later body?

If I am correct about installing a '56-'61 face in a later body, will it still work with the early speedo gear and cable?
That is not a later speedo with an earlier face. The earlier speedo face was bi-level with the gold center and needle lower than the upper ring with numbers. It is (or was) speedo 67004-53B which was offered in the late 60's/early 70's as a replacement for for the pre-62 speedos. It has a single layer face but styled to look like the earlier bi-level speedo it was replacing. It is not uncommon to still find those NOS in the box, but I rarely end up with them. The seller always thinks he has something special with an NOS speedo whereas I only see a speedo that is not correct for anything and only useful to scavenge for parts for restoring a correct speedo. Obviously this results in wildly divergent price points. And no, you can't use the early style cable on this speedo. You need the 62 and later cable, per the insert included with each speedo.
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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by Perry Ruiter » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:19 pm

VPH-D wrote:The 540 series of speedos are 1:1, and will not work in your Servi Car.
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Not true. Some 540s were 2:1, including 540-AB that is the subject of this thread. Attached is a calibration chart. You'll see several others that are 2:1 (540-M, 540-N, 540-JJ). I believe all the speedos listed are Harley speedos.
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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by kehughes » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:58 am

Thank you for all the feedback...much appreciated. It sounds like I need to pass on this one. He's asking 300 for all the dash, but I'm with Perry, it's an incorrect speedo and would erk me especially if I couldn't fake it with the earlier speedo cable. The plate, switch, and dash look to be original ,, but with a repop lens. I could always use these parts, but the big item I really needed was the speedo.

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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by ozwick86 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:35 am

Rubone,

I stand corrected, I missed the 2 screws on the outer part of the face; damn eyes.

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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by Perry Ruiter » Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:27 am

Screws? The four digit trip odometer is a dead giveaway its not an early speedo.

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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by ozwick86 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:24 am

Perry,

Yes sir, I stand corrected a second time. I should have put my reader's on!

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Re: Speedometer #s/ID

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Post by VPH-D » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:22 pm

Sorry, I didn't notice the speedo didn't have a stepped face.
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