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Replacement Instrument Panel Lense
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I recently purchased a replacement Instrument lense(from Don). The repop ones come without the hole for the trip counter. Has anyone tried to drill a hole and use a heated rod to remould the piece above the hole and make the repop the same as original in its shape and design

Steve
1971 Grandé
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Here's how one member did it, I believe I've seen a couple of other threads about it, too.
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-repr...p-odometer



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(03-06-2019, 09:25 AM)Don C Wrote: Here's how one member did it, I believe I've seen a couple of other threads about it, too.
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-repr...p-odometer

Thanks Don. The 73 is differant to the 71 trip oddometer. Mine is does not have that big black piece

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(03-06-2019, 08:58 AM)Pegleg Wrote: I recently purchased a replacement Instrument lense(from Don). The repop ones come without the hole for the trip counter. Has anyone tried to drill a hole and use a heated rod to remould the piece above the hole and make the repop the same as original in its shape and design

I took a different approach than Don did.... 

I had a cracked fuel gauge lens. The trip odometer button is set in the molded clear lens plastic and I was afraid to try and pry it out. The new lens are completely flat so drilling a hole would not look the same.  So I spliced the good speedometer/trip odometer lens portion together with the other two lens from a new standard lens. I seemed them together where the lens hides behind the bezel with clear epoxy. Worked great.

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https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-inst...gauge+lens

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Pegleg Wrote:The 73 is differant to the 71 trip oddometer. Mine is does not have that big black piece

Pegleg, the same lens was used on all 71-73's that were equipped with the speedometer with the trip odometer. This particular lens has not been available from Ford for a long time, so a part of the reset knob may be missing from a previous repair attempt. Finding a used lens, even if just a broken one that could be  salvaged for the reset knob, can be a difficult find.
The links provided by DonC and Rich will be a great help as you still should be able to use what you have to transfer to the new lens.
Can't provide you with a timetable or my source but I have been told there is a lens with the trip odometer reset knob in the "Works".

Steve

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!
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(03-07-2019, 01:32 AM)secluff Wrote: Pegleg Wrote:The 73 is differant to the 71 trip oddometer. Mine is does not have that big black piece

Pegleg, the same lens was used on all 71-73's that were equipped with the speedometer with the trip odometer. This particular lens has not been available from Ford for a long time, so a part of the reset knob may be missing from a previous repair attempt. Finding a used lens, even if just a broken one that could be  salvaged for the reset knob, can be a difficult find.
The links provided by DonC and Rich will be a great help as you still should be able to use what you have to transfer to the new lens.
Can't provide you with a timetable or my source but I have been told there is a lens with the trip odometer reset knob in the "Works".

Its been a long time since i removed the lense. I just checked again and realised there is no trip oddometer. My hole is for the clock!!! With age comes forgetfulness Shootself

Steve
1971 Grandé
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