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Old 06-14-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

The Speedo out of my coupe does not have a circle or Bullseye on the needle,
I have a spare compete dash from a 51 that has the circle or bullseye.

any info on this?

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Old 06-14-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

I think both are correct but I don't know the dates they were used. Do you have the 49-51 Ford book from the V8 Club?
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

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I think both are correct but I don't know the dates they were used. Do you have the 49-51 Ford book from the V8 Club?
I have the "green bible"
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

My understanding is the the speedo with the white pointer along with the white gauge pointers were early '51. The late '51s have the clear needle with the red ring and red gauge pointers. Personally, I like the early set-up the best. They are a LOT easier to read with a quick glance.

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Old 06-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

I have a late production '51 Deluxe with a white speedo pointer, no ring, but red gage needles.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #6
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

The early 51 Fords had white gauge needles and red circle speedo pointer.
later models used red gauge needles and straight speedo needles. there where also some with red gauges and red circle pointer. Ford used speedometers from Stewart Warner-Kelsey Hayes and one other brand I can't recall the name. I like the white gauges because I can see them better. the circle pointer is the more popular one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #7
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

When I was a kid in the 50's, one of the things I remembered about my uncle's '51 was the circle on the speedometer needle. I was disappointed when I bought my '51 that it didn't have one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

The late (Aug.) 51 I had had a straight needle with no circle and it didn't have the full horn ring as the early ones with the full ring blocked the view of the speedometer. Ford made the change in the late 51s.
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Trying to take speedo out.How do I get the speedo out from the behind mounting bracket.The bracket dose not move and the screw sticks out to far to remove the speedo. Dose the screw come out? Need help
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:11 AM   #10
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Default Re: 1951 Ford Passenger car Speedo

Also check if they are the same maufacturer. I have a Stewart- Warner made speedo in my 51 (early circle pointer) and a spare King-Seely made later speedo. Not sure if these two speedos use the same parts.
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