Long lost gas gauge

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Long lost gas gauge

#1 Post by Jim Breazeale » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:13 pm

Found behind the gas tank in a 51 356. It got lost behind the tank a loooooooooooong time ago! The markings go from 5 to 50 litres.
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Re: Long lost gas gauge

#2 Post by Cal Ensor » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:39 am

Jim
Hard to tell from your pictures,are the graduations different from later sticks?
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#3 Post by Jim Breazeale » Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:47 am

Cal Ensor wrote:Jim
Hard to tell from your pictures,are the graduations different from later sticks?
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Sorry, I can't answer your question. I can take more detailed pictures of the graduatuons if you want, though.

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#4 Post by Cal Ensor » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:15 am

Jim
If the gas tanks are different then presumably the sticks will be also. I have never measured an orginal'55 stick,made one by scaling from Eric's tool site. Measurements checked with a repro I bought from Kendal Kreig several years ago.
Another picture of the '51 stick with a ruler beside it would be great.
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#5 Post by Jim Breazeale » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:32 pm

Cal Ensor wrote:Jim
If the gas tanks are different then presumably the sticks will be also. I have never measured an orginal'55 stick,made one by scaling from Eric's tool site. Measurements checked with a repro I bought from Kendal Kreig several years ago.
Another picture of the '51 stick with a ruler beside it would be great.
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Cal

Here are pictures. I hope they help.
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Re: Long lost gas gauge

#6 Post by Cal Ensor » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:30 am

Jim
Yep the rule was a big help,appears that my home scaled stick is very close. Could you check the number size and stick thickness please.
From your picture looks like the stick has a well preserved shellac finish which would make sense to me.Amazing that you found it in such good condition.
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#7 Post by Vic Skirmants » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:30 am

Any smooth finish would make it difficult to read the gage. You need the wood bare to soak up the fuel and give you a chance to read it.

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#8 Post by Jim Breazeale » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:08 pm

vic skirmants wrote:Any smooth finish would make it difficult to read the gage. You need the wood bare to soak up the fuel and give you a chance to read it.
Vic is correct as usual. It is bare wood. I don't know what kind of wood, but could ask some of my wood working friends. It is .19" thick and .785" wide.

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#9 Post by Dan Macdonald » Tue May 03, 2011 1:38 pm

Jim Breazeale wrote:
vic skirmants wrote:Any smooth finish would make it difficult to read the gage. You need the wood bare to soak up the fuel and give you a chance to read it.
Vic is correct as usual. It is bare wood. I don't know what kind of wood, but could ask some of my wood working friends. It is .19" thick and .785" wide.

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FYI, a quick calc converts to almost exactly 5 millimeters thick and 20 millimeters wide.
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Re: Long lost gas gauge

#10 Post by Mark Cohn » Thu May 05, 2011 9:35 am

Some years ago I had some sticks made up at a woodworking shop and the owner said the original was made of beech. The blank sticks came out nice but I never figured out how to duplicate the stamped numbers.

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