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Speedometers 12 Apr 2019 23:08 #94594

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OK... I got to thinking about it and went rummaging through the forgotten parts hoard closet. A while ago I bought a beautiful NOS Airguide 0-45, complete with a pickup and stabilizing tube for my Jetstreak (...the dash is too short for one of the Muskegon ones). The hardware pack was unopened, and sure enough there were a couple of the tubing clamp nuts in there. These are aluminum with a 5/16" coarse thread, so a regular brass nut that size would work too.

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Speedometers 12 Apr 2019 21:31 #94592

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Ray, I'd expect it to work fine with the Keller pickup provided you can get the opening facing as directly into the flow as possible. I've seen lots of those bent that way and always figured that it was done to accommodate the transom angle ...rather than having hit something.
I was surprised at how accurate that one was too given it's range. I did creep up on the top end pretty carefully since it was enough pressure to run my nail gun, and not having a ton of faith in my math ;).
As for the tube nuts, I've not seen many of them. They look a lot like the nuts used on a 1/8" compression fitting if you drilled out the small end some for the tubing, but I haven't been able to find one to see if it'd be the right size. I imagine that a regular brass nut that was just snug on the tube, before it was on the barb, would probably work too.

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Speedometers 12 Apr 2019 19:12 #94590

Hey Rick,
I got the speedometer back, it looks great!
It's incredible that it calibrated so well, I didn't know any of those could be that accurate.
Will it be accurate with the Keller type pitot? Are they all bent back like this one? If not will this impact the accuracy?
Any idea where I can get a nut like the one on the speedometer?





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Beautiful work as always.
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Speedometers 27 Mar 2019 15:25 #94288

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As John (JR) has stated, I too, have one of Ricks speedo's and absolutely love it. Incredible workmanship and am so appreciative for Rick being willing to part with one for me. It is by far the prettiest piece of jewelry my baby has. I have always been a fan of the Muskegon Speedo's and have dreamed about having one.
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JR wrote: I can speak to Rick’s work on these. I have one of his on my Crestliner. Awesome.. John


just to add to John's comment.......include all the generosity, help, and postings, all that Rick does is top notch, no detail missing..........one of our biggest asset's here on the site........taught me lots.......:shades:
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I can speak to Rick’s work on these. I have one of his on my Crestliner. Awesome.. John
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In the course of restoring my own speedometers I had to gear up to make some reproduction parts and can offer them to others here as well. I'd posted some of this in my Vagabond thread and it comes up from time to time in others so, in an effort to avoid thread drift, and make it easier to find, I'll post a dedicated thread here. As with my switch and logo plates, this is a hobby for me, so lead times vary with my life and work schedules. So... here is what's available:

Muskegon Outboard Specialties or Michigan Wheel parts

I got kind of enamored of these Muskegon Outboard Specialties ones a few years ago, restored a bunch of them, and so they're my primary focus. Most often these have a missing or damaged lens. My reproductions are vacuum formed from .030" acrylic and turned to 3" or 3.125", depending on the style, or custom sizes for other makes. I can also offer flat, un-drilled lenses for the older MOBS types too.

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Gauge faces are available in several styles, colors, and speed ranges. Faces are made from aluminum, like the originals, and are painted and then laser etched. These include a needle rest pin. While I'll be happy to sell you a face, fitting them is fussy and I needed to make some tooling to get it right without damaging them, so you might prefer to just ship it to me. I'll replace the face and return it to you via Express Mail.

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Restoration

Includes disassembly, cleaning, replacement of necessary parts, and calibration. Cost will depend on condition.

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I sometimes have restored examples for sale, and will consider taking old ones, in nearly any condition, in trade. If you're looking for a particular type, feel free to shoot me a PM.

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