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Author Topic: can i open a gauge?  (Read 1775 times)
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« on: March 26, 2009, 09:16:06 pm »

ive this relatively modern gauge that i would like to open and replace the label. i tried taking the screws out and all it did was wobble. i also searched pretty extensively on this forum and came up with nothing.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 10:59:49 pm »

What kind of guage is it? Air water steam oil?
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 11:04:20 pm »

oil? it doesnt say
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 11:12:33 pm »

I'm guessing it's either a screw bezel or a crimp bezel. If it's a screw bezel, just grip the edge of the bezel and unscrew, and it should come undone, either with a screw thread or some tabs that fit through the casing at only certain points.

If it's a crimped bezel, as is found in a lot of cheaper gauges, have fun, but it's going to be a moderate pain to get it off. Grab a screwdriver and some pliers, and uncrimp the edge from around the casing. Change the face, then recrimp, or glue the bezel back on.

Some pictures (front, back, side) would probably help a lot.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 11:14:33 pm »

well im gonna go try everything to get it off. even if it means beating it to pieces.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 11:22:26 pm »

usually the newer guages have clips you have to look for, i know its like that for the cluster in my car. plenty of screws and clips
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 11:26:05 pm »

okay, i got a picture. let me know if you can help me out!

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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 11:27:53 pm »

Pressure guage?
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 11:45:44 pm »

Ok Silastic, that looks like a gas pressure guage. If its built the way I think is is you might try to pry the clear plastic window off, or it it a crimped bezel (refer to random number's post). The screws you took out of the back attach the case to the brass fitting, which is why it just wobbles. I think your best bet is to remove the pointer (it is a friction fit on the shaft) and apply your new dial label directly to the existing one. If you must remove the existing dial, you'll need to drill the two brass studs off (or just lever the dial out....might get lucky). Good luck!!

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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 03:59:57 am »

ok, so i went ahead and just tore the front off. i didnt do any damage or anything, but i dont have another label set up, so i just put it back on. i was surprised to see that the cover is glass, so i guess its a little older than i thought. i shall be more careful from here on out  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 03:27:25 pm »

A little tip for screw bezels is shallow boiling water. Place the thing bezel down in shallow hot water to let it expand a bit, then get a friendly passing gorilla to grip it and get it off! (though a plumbers "strap wrench" might help too)
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