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These are all great dashes.  Like Barney, I am particularly taken by the 1939 dash.  Here's a photo of the dash in my Roadmaster.  It has characteristics of the dashes that immediately precede it, but it also has some great Streamline Moderne elements with the wavy accents in the cluster and the waterfall radio grille.  A transition!  I have an aftermarket translucent shift knob that matches the red wheel trim ring.   I also like the layout in my 1949 Super dash. What a difference ten years makes!

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On 8/15/2018 at 12:27 PM, JohnD1956 said:

 

Those 59's are so cool, in so many ways!  Love that photo Brian!

 

Agree!  I had to get a picture of this one when I saw it at the Syracuse Nationals in July.  ;)

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3 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

@Beemon The '56 dash  may be lackluster in some ways but the factory gauges are cool and unique besides!

 

Yeah the 90 degree sweeps are pretty cool, especially if they have the black ears to hide the rest of the gauge face. I still like my dash of course, but I think the small body 54/55 dash is the hot ticket for the tri-5 Buicks.

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10 hours ago, Beemon said:

 

Yeah the 90 degree sweeps are pretty cool, especially if they have the black ears to hide the rest of the gauge face. I still like my dash of course, but I think the small body 54/55 dash is the hot ticket for the tri-5 Buicks.

I like my 55 century dash, but a unique direct fit would be to change to a 55 Oldsmobile dash.

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That speedometer  came out of an 83 Riviera XX Twentieth Anniversary edition. A convertible model of the XX was the Indy Pace car in 1983.  140 mph probably wasn't optimistic.  Intercooled twin turbo 4.3 liter V6  would get it there. Buick's idea, not mine.

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That pace car is a one of  kind.  Especially built for the Indy 500.  It's now housed in Buick's museum in Flint. Or at leat it was when it was brought to the ROA event in Eureka Springs, AR along with Silver Arrow I and a host of other one-offs.

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My 68 Riviera dash is not as sexy as the pre-mid-60s versions. It's designed to deliver function over form, in my opinion.

 

The dash torn apart to replace light bulbs and fix AC control vacuum hoses that had come off the control modules.

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Reassembled dash (Grant wood steering wheel installed). The Riviera horn cap emblem was made by Emblem Pros. I attached it to a blank Grant horn cap.

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Dash with original steering wheel re-installed.

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19 hours ago, NC68Riviera said:

My 68 Riviera dash is not as sexy as the pre-mid-60s versions. It's designed to deliver function over form, in my opinion.

The dash may not be sexy, but I very much like that style. The instrument cluster is similar to my dad's '69 Le Sabre. I loved everything about that car, and wish I had the room in my garage to have one again.

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The walnut wheel is nice, but I'm a sucker for the original.  The one yours came with is like the one on my '67.  I have been going back-and-forth in my head about adding a fitted, black leather wrap to the rim.  I think that would be classy and in keeping with the way it could have been offered originally.  On the other hand, that skinny, hard rim in my hand while driving is soooo "1960's".  There's no mistaking that feel with a contemporary vehicle...  -_-

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On 12/31/2018 at 3:39 PM, garnetkid said:

1925-45 Mclaughlin Buick with the special recessed walnut dash and adjustable steering column .  Before and after pics.  Leon

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How did the steering column adjust?  Just a length, or did it tilt in some fashion?

 

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HI Derek, on the before pic you can see the bracket that holds the column to the dash.  You have to loosen the clamping bolt (which you can't see in the picture) and then the whole column with the wheel can move up and down about 3 inches in a slotted hole in the bracket.  Hope that makes sense.  Leon

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57 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

 

Turbo Riv?

If only.  No it's what I conjured up after buying an 85 Riviera off ebay for $800. Stock '85 307 Olds power.  I removed a vinyl top, found an instrument cluster from an '83 XX Riviera, had a guy who's into turbo Regals make a facade for the speedometer, and did a number of other things to it.  The biggest "jest" was the Type_R Riviera.  Those emblems came from a Honda.  Buick had their T_types and S_Types.  Ed Raner has his Type_R.  One of a kind out of my garage. Here are a couple of other pictures.

 

Here's what I wound up with.

 

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Here's what I started with

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4 hours ago, EmTee said:

1936

 

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Great looking instrument cluster, but something ain't right.  Looks like it's going 45 mph and the odometer is turning over to 80K miles, but gas tank is empty, there's no oil pressure, and the temperature gauge is missing a needle!

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