Monday, October 13, 2014

More Vintage Hot Rod Dashes From 1961 (Custom Craft)

1961 Custom Craft, November

This is an interesting article that features not one, but two Stewart Warner Hollywood gauge panels, and both are using the Sun Tach. That should tell you about the problems that SW had with it's electric tachometer business in the late-50's, early sixties.

Interestingly enough, this panel is using the Sun Tach AND an electric SW speedometer, which is curious since the SW tach and the SW speedo are based on the same technology, yet they still went with the Sun instrument.

Here you see, again, a Sun Tach in a Hollywood panel...

All Stewart Warner, from gauge to panel, except the Sun gauge. At least the speedo is a regular, non-electric instrument.

It's very telling that you would see, consistently, this arrangement; pure SW, and a Sun tachometer. This tach gave Sun foothold in the aftermarket gauge market, breaking the Stewart Warner stranglehold.