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69 console gauge color
« on: December 17, 2016, 06:34:39 PM »
I see black and white faced gauges . What is correct and what determined there color use. I see it in original gauges as well as report. Thanks Don
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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 06:51:15 PM »
Don, silver was used on the 68 and 69 Camaro, and black was used on the 68-74 Nova.

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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 10:35:04 PM »
Often wondered why they used different colors, especially when the gauges are so hard to see when driving anyway.....
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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2016, 02:50:17 PM »
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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 03:26:33 PM »
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Often wondered why they used different colors, especially when the gauges are so hard to see when driving anyway.....

Yes, I agree. It's a poor design at best. Hard to see in the daytime, let alone at night!

When I pulled mine to replace the front floor pans, I went ahead and restored them (which basically consisted of repainting the horibbly faded needles and replacing the 45 year old bulbs, which had 45 years of dust on them), and although it's MUCH better now, it's still hard to see at night. Especially with my ancient eyes! I carry a cheap Harbor Freight flashlight in the console just to verify what I THINK I'm seeing!

Why Chevrolet decided to use black face gauges on the Nova makes even less sense. Not only are they even MORE difficult to see, you would have thought, to save money, they would have used the same silver as the Camaro.

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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2016, 04:48:06 PM »
I made some glass lens for mine once in hopes to see them better. Problem was when the oil coming to the gauge was hot & it was cooler outside the lens would fog up & I couldn't see them at all....Joe
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Re: 69 console gauge color
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2016, 04:55:23 PM »
I made some glass lens for mine once in hopes to see them better. Problem was when the oil coming to the gauge was hot & it was cooler outside the lens would fog up & I couldn't see them at all....Joe
Never saw that fogging up or maybe I do not remember it! But like many never understood the difference in silver/black.
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