speedo out and ready to be sent off for refurbishment

smiles per mile – another little job that needs sorting out

Another little job made a little easier by the removal of the under dash shelf, was to be able to get the speedo removed so the odometer could be fixed. This issue apparently only became apparent at the last MOT when it was noticed that the mileage was exactly the same as the previous MOT!

the classic vintage VW speedo design
the classic vintage VW speedo design

I love the iconic graphic design of the speedo face, so much so it inspired me to create the smiles per hour’ t-shirt design… however I would love things a bit more if the odometer was back working again!

smiles per hour vintage camper speedo design, available in a range of colours…
smiles per hour vintage camper speedo design, available in a range of colours…

Fortunately I had heard of someone in Germany who refurbished and repaired vintage VW split screen bus speedos. Having seen some pictures on facebook of Thorsten’s work at VW-Museum, the work quality looked really impressive! He offers two levels of refurbishment. One for Show Cars and the other for the ‘Patina’ look, which sounds just about right for me and my bus!

speedo out and ready to be sent off for refurbishment
speedo out and ready to be sent off for refurbishment

Writing to Thorsten, it sounded like one of the internal helical gears had worn on my speedo, but he should be able to resolve this as well as giving it an overall refurbish. Both levels of refurbishment seem really impressive. The ‘Patina’ look refurbishment provides;

  • New Bulb holders
  • New Glass Lens
  • New Indicator/Generator/Oil Gels
  • Reset the Odometer to zero or a different mileage if you prefer?
  • Check, overhaul, clean and lubricate the mechanics
  • Calibrate the Speedometer to standard tires
  • Cleaning the original chrome trim ring
  • Re-use the original dial faceplate
  • I’ll be getting some new 12v bulbs as well
time to update to 12v bulbs as part of the refurbishment
time to update to 12v bulbs as part of the refurbishment

Really looking forward to seeing the results from Thorsten and getting the refurbished speedo back into the bus again…

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