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Old 09-19-2023, 08:42 AM   #1
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Looking for a 1980s VDO -80/+80 A ammeter to replace a failed one on a GB instrument panel. Who can help ?
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Old 09-19-2023, 09:26 AM   #2
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Guessing from the question you want to match the face exactly? If so can you post a picture?
Otherwise almost anything will work.
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Google “VDO Instrument Repair”. VDO gauges were also used in cars and trucks and there are more than several companies that support our old gauges.
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Old 09-19-2023, 10:01 AM   #4
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Old VDO ammeter

Thanks for your attention
Here is a photo of a similar ammeter from the fly deck instruments panel. The faulty one is on the saloon instruments panel but covered by a wooden plate level to the top of the transparent part of the instrument. This is why current VDO ammeters are unsuited.
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I used lauderdale speedometer to repair a faulty VDO tachometer, you might contact them for help repairing your gauge - lspeedo.com
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So the panel face was cut large enough to fit over the finish ring. If you remove the gauge, the outer black finish ring should be removable and the actual gauge unit should be interchangeable.
I will still check for a matching one. Will take a couple days.
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Old 09-19-2023, 06:32 PM   #7
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I can't tell the dimensions. Maybe this?

-- https://www.ebay.com/itm/125837105606
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Thanks Turtle Blue
Youíre right ! The black outer ring is removeable but the replacement instrument itself must have edge tenons to hold the ring. Therefore I keep relying on this old model
Anyway, Iíll try to have my ammeter repaired by an automobile electrician.
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Personally I would not replace it with another one like the original but rather get a current technology amp gauge. It may not match but it will give you way more information than an old school ammeter.
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Analog style amp gauges have pretty much gone away. I checked what I have from the last couple of change outs and they were all volt meters and white faced.

My choice would be to swap out the one from the upper station if you want to keep everything matching in the finished panel and then find something you like for a replacement, possibly a multi function unit. You can glue the exterior housing in place to minimize the visual difference. Or just keep checking E-Bay.
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