We now have our 1965 Ford F-100 back at the shop and we are ready to start bringing it up to speed. The first thing that we are going to work on is the interior portion of the truck. Several weeks ago we ran into the folks at LMC Truck while we were attending the Pate Swap Meet in Dallas, Texas. Their vendor booth had all of their current catalogs and we grabbed one for the 1961-66 Ford trucks. From the catalog we made our parts list and then we called them up and placed our order. Less than a week later, our box arrived and we were ready to get started.
The first thing we're going to tackle is the dash instrument cluster. The factory instruments are still in working order, we just need to give them a quick makeover. We are going to not only replace the bezel and plastic lens, but will also repaint the instrument needles that have become discolored over the years. This upgrade will quickly change the look of our interior in just a short period of time.
The chrome dash bezel that we received from LMC Truck is part number 49-6209. This comes as a set and includes the plastic chrome outer bezel and a plastic lens. For the gauge needles we located some paint off the Internet that matches the factory color and will bring them back to their original look. From start to finish this project took us about an hour, so it is an easy and quick upgrade. The only tools we needed were a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver and a ¼-inch nut driver for the voltage regulator. If only every job was this easy and offered such a reward!