Insturment gauge lense removal

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27 May 2017 04:04 #33085 by Steve
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How do I remove the glass from the oil pressure, temp. and amp. gauges without breaking the thin glass. It looks like there is a thin metal ring pressed against the inside of the glass but I can't get a grip on it to pull it out. Any ideas would be appreciated. SG

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27 May 2017 11:34 #33086 by Curt Schulze
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Probably, depending on the year Auburn you have it may differ. for the 34-36 cars, I use a small side cutter to bend out the lip that is bent around the housing.

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27 May 2017 13:32 #33087 by Steve
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Thanks Curt. I should have said I have a 31 Auburn. On those 3 gauges I cant see any tabs, Just a thin metal ring pressed in behind the glass.
I'm thinking of trying to make a small slit in the ring with a dremel tool and then try to pry the ring up?

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27 May 2017 13:52 #33088 by Curt Schulze
Curt Schulze replied the topic: Insturment gauge lense removal
The chrome bezel edge is ever so slightly turned over on the back in 3 or 4 places. . I wouldn't cut a slit in the bezel. I have a 31 that is well into a restoration and have done the gauges.

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27 May 2017 17:40 #33092 by johnmereness
johnmereness replied the topic: Insturment gauge lense removal
I agree with Curt - no slitting, grinding, or cutting on the rims ! I would just start rubbing the folded edge with something like a screwdriver and be willing to put in some hours. I would not be using the screwdriver to pry either. Worst case if is does not "unbend" from around the lip then I would start working edge with a very sharp and very fine set of miniature wire clippers. And, in reinstalling, I would not be too concerned about folding rim over 100% like done originally (a few key points will hold it for years).

JMM

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