FOR SALE 68-70 Rallye Gauge Cluster and Bezel Restoration

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    1968-1970 B-body Gauge Cluster and Bezel Restoration Service.
    Highest quality restorations of 68-70 Rallye Gauge Clusters and Bezels
    OCD Restoration, Casper Wyoming

    I am the builder of many 1st place Mopars: 1970 Challenger R/T, 1970 V-code Roadrunner, 1970 Hemi Cuda, 1970 Challenger R/T SE, 68 Hemi Charger R/T, 69 Charger 500 SE, 1967 Coronet R/T, 1969 Dodge Daytona. My name is Steve Cutler and I have been a Mopar enthusiast for 40+ years. I am a firm believer in bringing Mopars back to life with the intent of correct appearance and reliable function, most often better than original. I have been collecting Mopar cars and parts since the early 80s and have thousands of gauge cluster parts. I am continuing to restore and sell these beautiful and functional gauge clusters for your Mopars as described below.
    Disassembly: The gauge cluster is carefully disassembled with the removal of all pieces to include switches, tic toc tach or tic toc clock, speedo, gauges, gauge lens, blue light filters, “Brake System” lens, “R” “L” turn signal lens, volt limiter, bulb housings, circuit board, all hardware, etc.
    Gauge Cluster Housing: The gauge housing has specific factory stampings inside and outside. Every effort is made to maintain these markings during the cleaning process. Every nook and crevice is cleaned thoroughly using appropriate tools, supplies and chemicals. If the inner white paint is in great condition, the cluster housing will move to the next step. If the white paint shows wear or flaking, it is media blasted and sprayed white to duplicate original. Screw (cluster to dash frame) mounting areas receive black paint. This is essential in that if not done, you will see white around the screw heads when your cluster/bezel is installed. Mounting points on the dash frame is typically bent from years of use and brought back to original position for correct alignment when installed. Turn signal lenses are prepped and installed with new gaskets. On occasion, there will be new repop lenses used which I have found to be very close to original color and texture. The “Brake System” original lens is cleaned and a clear overlay installed with a new gasket. Each screw hole is cleaned and tapped. Important side note: There is a difference between 68 and 69/70 gauge housings. You choose the year of cluster housing for your application.
    Rocker/Push/Thumb Switches: It has been observed, that, 50+ years of use, abuse, storage, heat, cold, dust, grime, etc. to the switches takes a significant toll on their ability to operate as originally engineered. Each switch is disassembled, cleaned, fixed, continuity tested, reassembled and tested for function. Original chrome on switches are used if bright and shinny. Replated chrome switches used when desired.
    Gauges: Each gauge is disassembled, faceplates are stripped of original coatings and resprayed with clear(back) and black as original. The highest quality overlays are visually stunning and show clear, crisp and precise color and graphics. The faceplates are reattached using black phosphate plated micro machine screws/nuts. Gauge housings and electrical systems are inspected, fixed and cleaned. Needles are repainted if necessary and installed.
    Calibration: Fuel, Temperature, and Oil Pressure. Each gauge is precisely calibrated using a solid 5 volts input with three factory resistance parameters for low/medium/high.*factory specifications. Low= 73 ohm, Medium= 23 ohm, High=10ohm.
    Amp Gauge: Inspected, cleaned, Face repainted, overlay installed and tested.
    Speedometer: Inspected, completely disassembled, cleaned, cable bearing polished, lubricated and tested.
    Odometer: Inspected, cleaned, re-numbered with high quality vinyl overlays and set to the milage desired.
    Rally Clock: Inspected, disassembled, cleaned, overlay installed if needed. Restored using a quartz conversion and if needed, a new set stem and knob. All of the parts including gears are cleaned and lubed. Clocks are tested for accuracy.
    Tic Toc Tach:
    Clock: Inspected, disassembled, cleaned, high quality vinyl overlay installed if needed. Restored using a quartz conversion and if needed, a new set stem and knob. All of the parts including gears are cleaned and lubed. Clocks are tested for accuracy.
    Tachometer: Inspected, disassembled, cleaned, high quality vinyl overlay installed if needed. Updated solid state tachometer board installed.
    *can be used with original points as well as multi-spark discharge/electronic ignition systems. Each tachometer is accurately calibrated using electronic calibration equipment.
    Circuit Board: Inspected, cleaned, connector pins reset and soldered. Circuit board is tested for continuity.
    Voltage Limiter: It is very important that the fuel, temperature and oil pressure gauges receive a constant and stable 5.0 volts. Each Gauge cluster receives a NEW SOLID STATE voltage limiter. This limiter protects the gauges and is very accurate.
    Light Bulbs: New push-in 194 bulbs installed. LED push in bulbs available as well.
    Hardware: Screws, nuts, clips and washers. ORIGINAL hardware is prepared and sent out for for correct zinc plating.
    Lens Polish: The gauge lens is carefully separated from the black metal light deflectors to access the inside of the lens. This allows for front and back lens polishing. The lens is wet sanded to remove scratches. A three step process for polishing is applied for a crystal clear view. The black visual deflectors are inspected and most require paint removal due to worn and flaking. A spray of black and white is applied. The light deflectors are correctly aligned and securely installed.
    Final Assembly: Each restored piece is meticulously installed in cluster housing with attention to detail and great confidence of function and looks. Each gauge cluster is powered up during final inspection to check performance.
    Shipping: After all the work has been completed, it is essential that the gauge cluster is packaged very well with a sturdy box, additional packing material and labels. We can ship using your prefered methods.
    Information: If you have any questions or comments, please PM me and I will be glad to help in any way possible. Thank you, Steve

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      68-70 B body Rallye Gauge Cluster Restoration. I have perfected dimmable LED RGB "Glow". User Friendly. All original dash lights work like factory. It is a concealed light system that is safe, durable, no heat, 12 volts .03 amp to .51 amp. These example pics are snapshots from my video using the now offered white face gauges. With a simple press of a button, you can choose any color on the spectrum and/or choose different modes and from dim to bright. These will last a lifetime. Only a ground and positive 12 volt hook up. PM me if interested. Thanks, Steve

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        How much does this service cost?
        I would suppose it’s depending on clusters condition or is it flat rate?
         
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          Hello Burnout68, If a customer wants to have there original Gauge cluster and Bezel set restored, the price is based on condition. I do have thousands of 68-70 rallye gauge cluster parts and always have complete restored Gauge Cluster assemblies available for purchase from 1450 to 2100 + shipping. Original restored bezels are also available. Please let me know how I can help. Steve

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            do you do others besides the 68-70 B bodies? do you do A body rally or standard bezels and gauges? if so whats your price range on those 2 items, beautiful work !
             
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            I see you have the B-body clusters, which look great! I have an E-body tach that needs a needle and stem, would you have any parts for this??
             
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            Just finished with this beautiful 1968 Rallye Gauge Cluster with Tic Toc Tach and 3 speed wiper. A "For B Bodies Only" member purchased it. Please PM me if you are looking to purchase a 68-70 Rallye Gauge Cluster. They are ready to ship. OCD Restoration provides the highest quality Mopar restorations in the business. Great communicator and helpful to make your Mopar project a greater experience. Thanks, Steve

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              Hello B body owners. I wanted to show in pics of how important it is to rebuild your switches, especially the dash dimmer switch. Yours may function and appear to be in good shape, however, after 50 years of use and buildup of gunk and corrosion, it will NOT function at it's best. Corrosion causes increased resistance which causes heat. And sometimes the heat is so intense, it will smoke the piece or your entire car! The resistance wire is "potted" in a material that WILL be brittle and comes loose. This need to be carefully cleaned and/or replaced and be repotted. There are a few folks/companies that provide this service (one or two on this forum). This post is informational and shows the quality of what I do during my restorations of Rallye B body gauge clusters. Thank you, Steve. OCD Restoration

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                Here are pics of a restored dash dimmer switch. Each one is tested using 12-14 volts to illuminate a bulb from full bright to dim. I look for consistent illumination of the bulb and smooth operation. When the bulb is dimmed, the resistant wire heats up, therefore, each dimmer switch is "dim" tested for an extended period. Each moving piece is lubricated and each electrical contact is lightly coated with dielectric grease for corrosion protection and contact "gliding". If done properly, these switches will be functional and safe for many many years. If you are thinking about purchasing any REPOP switch, you should be aware that I have fixed some for customers and have rendered some useless. They "look" the part, however, the quality is inferior compared to original. The intent of this information is to let Mopar enthusiasts see the process and understand the importance of getting your original switches restored. If interested, please reach out to the few of us on this forum who provide this service. Thank you, Steve OCD Restoration

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                  The dimmer switch shown in the pictures was from my car.
                  Just received the gauges and switches back from Steve and the restoration quality is excellent !!

                  Since my car is a survivor and the gauges were in really nice condition, I wanted to keep some of the original patina - the common yellowing of gauge faces.

                  Steve accommodated all the requests cleaned the gauge faces to make better but preserve the "look" and everything brand new / functioning on the internals.

                  Great service and quality. Thanks again !!
                   
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                    Hello Chas, Thank you for great feedback! I want to make sure potential customers know how passionate I am with my restoration services. I want to convey how important communication, minimal turnaround time and quality work is and to get their cars back on the road. I want to make their Mopar restoration process a positive experience.
                    Pic of my next batch of chrome knobs being sent out for re-chroming.

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