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My next project is swapping the fake wood instrument cluster in my '76 with an older set of "silver dollar" guages. I have a cluster from a pre-'71 '02 with a speedo from an old 1600 which will be fairly close to gearing on the '76.

The first order of business is cleaning up the gauges, most of which have flecks on the silver faces. I'm assuming it's corrosion that can be buffed off with fine steel wool (?). As for the overall cleaning, are there any solvents that I should avoid?

I know, very basic, obvious questions. But who knows, maybe someone has some good advice/experience that i didn't catch in the archives.

Thanks in advance,

Hugh

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I used Mequiar's Paint Cleaner and a cotton swab to clean all the the spots off mine. It worked on all the silver painted, chromed and anodized parts.

You could paint the plastic wood grain piece in the color of your choice and leave your model year correct cross-hair gauges in. Another option is to remove the wood-grain piece and put the trim rings in from an earlier cluster. The clusters come apart pretty easily and taking yours apart will allow you to respray the interior, which is probably faded or yellowed, in white to brighten up the lighting.

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Correct gauges for my 69 with model year incorrect plastic, painted with Krylon gloss red plastic paint. A most heinous of crimes against correctness. I could even be called a "poser" or "ricer" as we all know only turbos had red instrument panel pieces. :)

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