THE GAUGES ON THE DASHBOARD

> Hi Meli...
    > I ordered new gauges from the John Deere dealer for my John Deere Styled Model B tractor, and they came with black inside faces.
 
    The gauge face was changed from white to black around 1952 when the first number series came out (The Models 40, 50, 60, 70, 80). At that point, the black face gauges became the official replacement part for all gauges from then on...
 
The gaiuges on a  John Deere Model B
   
 
> I believe the old rusty ones looked like white faces.
 
    Yes, the originals for all Model B's would have been white....
 
> Does it matter if I use black or white gauges?
 
    Both types of gauges function exactly the same way....
 
> Iím trying to restore the tractor as close to the original as possible. Will it look bad with the black?
 
    It certainly won't look "bad" with black, but white will be closer to the original. The "purists" or "correct police" will complain about the black gauges....
 
> Do most of the restored tractors that you see have white gauges?
 
    If they are striving for originality, restorers should use white face gauges on letter series tractors (A, B, G, H, etc) and black face gauges on number series tractors.
 

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