Interior

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Some of the photos below have been collected from other individuals and sources. I will work to replace the work of others with photos of my own parts as I fill in the collection. If you would like photo credit, please let me know and I will gladly add it.

Part Number/Description Notes Photo
American Austin Dashboard Application: Closed cars

Painted black

 austin dash board
American Austin Dashboard Application:  Open cars

Painted body color

 austin roadster dash
American Bantam Dashboard  Application:  Closed cars

Note: Painted black unless otherwise specified (i.e. specified as di nok)

Photo at top right shows the dash of an original 1939 panel truck.  Bottom right shows the dash of a restored 1939 panel truck.

 original panel dash boardpanel truck dash bantam
American Bantam Dashboard Application:  Hollywoods, Rivieras  lynn hollywood dash 1 (2)
American Bantam Dashboard Application: roadster cowled vehicles

body color

 bantam roadster dash
American Austin Ignition switch/ headlight switch
American Bantam Ignition Switch
 American Bantam Starter Switch
 American Bantam Headlight switch
American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
 American Bantam Headlight switch Pull Knob
 American Austin Choke and Throttle knob
  American Austin Choke and Throttle knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Bantam Choke pull knob
 American Austin Speedometer
 American Austin Oil Pressure Gauge
 American Austin Fuel Gauge
 American Austin Amp Gauge
American Bantam Speedometer Housing  Note:  Speedometer housing or “can” is steel which is plated, not painted.  Lens for lamp is a blue/green plastic riveted to the housing.

Ink stamp reading: “596B***2” (more legible stamp needed)

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Bantam Speedometer housing 1

Bantam Speedometer housing 3

Hupmobile Speedometer Housing
American Bantam Gauge Housing
American Bantam Gauge Housing
 Hupmobile Gauge Housing
 American Bantam Gauge Glass Retainer  Stamped steel retainer which is pressed into the back of the gauge bezel which presses the glass and gaskets securely into place.  Bantam gauge glass retainer 1Bantam gauge glass retainer 2Bantam Gauge bezel rear
American Bantam gauge bezel
American Bantam gauge gaskets
American Bantam gauge glass Application: Series 60- series 64 cars

Flat glass

See reference letter A at right.

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American Bantam gauge glass Application:  Series 64-65 cars

Convex glass

See reference letter B, above right.

American Bantam gauge glass – Reproduction Same as above.  Made available by Jim Markell.  These were reproduced by a company which manufactured glass for clocks.

See reference letter D, above right.

American Bantam gauge glass – Reproduction  Similar to above.  Made by Regal / Metalcraft.  These were available in a metal rimmed picture frame having the dimensions 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

Note:  These are not a perfect fit and are somewhat loose in a Bezel with poor gaskets.

See reference letter C, above right.

 American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Early 60 series vehicles.  Possibly only commercial vehicles carried these.

These are similar in concept to the late silver faced Hupmobile speedometer (photo at lower right) which Bantam speedometers were drawn from.  More details on Hupmobile instruments below.

 black dial speedometer

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  American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Series 60- series 64.  These were used on most of the cars produced.  These are known as being “cream” colored.

Photo at below right is a very original face.  Note that the four notices around the perimeter are folded in portions of the face that mount it directly to the speedometer mechanism.

 norm 38 speedometer (2)

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 American Bantam Speedometer Face  Application:  Series 64 – end of production.

Note:  These feature a silver / pearl face.

 1939 bantam original silver (2)
American Bantam Speedometer Face  Note:  Bantam allegedly furnished cars with speedometers with kilometer indications.

At right is the speedometer currently in car 66007 which was in the UK when this photograph was taken but the production log does not explicitly state that the car was built for export.  Seeing as this gauge shows 2.1 miles, and that the KMH numerals appear to be hand applied, it is possible that this gauge was altered when restored.  More information on these gauges is needed.

 bantam kmh speedometer
 unusual needle (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application:  Civilian Bantam

Face at right refurbished by Bob’s Speedometer

 bobs 1 (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by Michael Browne.

 brc speedometer after micahel brown
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished  Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by D&M speedometers.

 brc after d and m 1
 American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished  Application: Civilian Bantam

Face at right refurbished by Jim Schwartzkopf.

 JSresto 1 (2)
  American Bantam Speedometer Face – Refurbished Application: BRC

Face at right refurbished by Jim Schwartzkopf.

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 American Bantam Speedometer Face  Application:  Potentially all

Unknown Supplier

 paper faces 1 (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Potentially all

Unknown Supplier

 print out speedometer
 American Bantam Speedometer Face Application:  Potentially all

These graphics were published in the AABC club news.

 face from aabc (2)
 American Bantam Speedometer Face  This Speedometer was installed in a 1939 roadster by the restorer as a custom touch.  Douglas black gauges (2)
Hupmobile Speedometer Face  gauge parts 001 (2)1938 show job (2)
Hupmobile Speedometer Face
 American Bantam Speedometer Mechanism  Note:  Mechanism is very similar to the Stewart Warner unit used in earlier Hupmobiles.  However, only the speedometer heads without a trip odometer will easily interchange with the Bantam units.

The crescent pieces of metal at the top and bottom of the mechanism are the portions of the assembly where the tabs on the face are bent around to secure it to the mechanism.  If you look closely, you will see a slight recess in the edges near each end.  These are the exact points of interface between the face and mechanism.

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American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 4.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 5.JPG

American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 3American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 6American Bantam Speedometer Mecanism 2

Hupmobile Speedometer Mechanism
 American Bantam Odometer Wheel
 Hupmobile Odometer wheel
 American Bantam Speedometer Needle
 American Bantam Speedometer Angle Drive  Application: Series 65 and onward Civilian Bantams
American Bantam Gauge Cluster Complete
 American Bantam BRC Gauge Cluster Complete Example at right illustrates an original BRC gauge prior to restoration.  More information and details are found below in the component description areas.  brc before d and m
Hupmobile Gauge Cluster Complete  Note:  Hupmobile gauge cluster includes a temperature gauge.  and incorporates two additional mounting brackets which are spot welded onto the housing.  This unit is an NOS piece which illustrates the proper finish for the housing, hardware, stamp colors, lens plastic, and bezel plating.  While certain elements are different between these and Bantam gauges, these clues will be helpful in restoring your instruments accurately.

At right is one of two variations utilized by Hupmobile.  The lowermost photo at the right is from a Bantam press release where one of these Hupmobile gauges may have been installed.

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 American Bantam Gauge Face
 American Bantam Gauge Face
 American Bantam Gauge Face
 American Bantam Gauge Face

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