Prompted by a request for help from AF member ramonm, typical problem broken corners on his instrument dash cluster.
Word to the wise, the cluster is fixed in place by four stainless screws, the cause of the broken corners is simply these are overtightened. The screws actually only need the slightest of tension, the cluster cannot fall out, it's held by the three loom connectors and the speedo cable.
broken DS 23 dash
I'm in the process of bringing a few clusters back to service, and finding several parts are starting to look pretty shabby after 30+ years.
There are a few configurations dependent on model trim levels, and I suspect what might have been available at the factory at the time of assembly.
In the pic I have three variations, the top one has a chrome trim on the raised dial faces, the centre is without any bling (more likely seen on base spec models) and the lower face is one I'm working on for ramonm - this had the satin foil treatment, I have re-painted using a plastic primer (clear) and pressure pack silver sprayed into a saucer and using a fine sable brush hand painted.
I know there is a foil kit available as a self adhesive, but I wouldn't be too confident that the end result would be too good in our Aussie sun.
On close inspection the clear dial faces are quite scratched, it would seem in an attempt to clean over zealous owners have actually put concentric scratches into the plastic. The only way to fix this is by removing the clear face, I've done this with a few and had great success using Novus Plasic Polish - this is a three part process but really does polish out the scratches.
The next problem I've seen is that the symbols on the left dial face are starting to fade away... this one is not too bad but you can see the Low beam/ indicator triangles and temp symbols are on their way out. [BTW, this one has not been polished but will get the treatment]
I've scanned and redrawn the left dial face, from a good dial I have...
Redrawn in vector format...
...and screenprinted the symbols, the red STOP seems to survive, but I have this on screen in case...
Now maybe to the point of this thread, there must be a bunch of broken discarded clusters out there, if anyone would like to donate or accept some small payment, I'm interested in taking them apart and recycling the useful parts. The chrome rings at the base of each dial seem to degrade and good replacements would be useful.
In this pic the left rim is quite good but the one on the right has seen better days
I don't need the whole cluster, just the broken black face, but would be happy to take whatever...
With a small stockpile of usable parts I would then be happy to help others rejuvenate their clusters - and dependent on what is required maybe a small fee
Once I get Ramon's cluster face back together I'll update this thread