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Have questions?  Click here for Custom Face FAQ's
Replacement Speedo Needles: Yamahapro on the Turbobricks forum will supply hard-to-find used speedometer needles for 240 speedos.
This is good news in case you break one.  He will also be supplying good used odometer reset buttons, since those seem to break with normal use too. 
He may be contacted through Turbobricks or directly at chaseryan13 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Installation Services:  Limited installation services of custom faces can be arranged for your 1800, 140 or 240.  Contact Dave with questions.

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VDO versus YAZAKI instrument clusters. CLICK HERE.

Here are some New Face options to choose from.....
C L I C K   A   L I N K   O R   P H O T O   B E L O W
Volvo 240 52
                      mm gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom
Black or White Face Overlays for
Volvo and VDO 52 mm Gauges

Volvo 240
                    gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement Face Overlays:
for Main Cluster 1975-80 240
for Main Cluster 1981-93 240

Volvo 240 gauge
                    faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
240 STYLE #1 Customs
White Face Overlays
for Main Cluster 1981-93 240

Volvo 240 gauge
                    faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
240 STYLE #2 Customs
Black or White Face Overlays
for Main Cluster 1981-93 240

Volvo 240
                    gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
240 STYLE #3 Customs
White and other color Face Overlays
for Main Cluster 1981-93 240

Volvo 240 gauge
                        faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
240 STYLE #4 R-Sport Rallye Style Faces
Black Face Overlays
for Main Cluster 1981-93 240

Volvo 240
                    gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
Main Cluster for Early 240 1975-80
White, Blue or Black Face Overlays

Volvo 240 Rallye (R Sport) gauge faces.
                      Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
240 Rallye (R-Sport) Gauge Cluster
Black or White Face Overlays

for 1975 and newer 240

Volvo 140 Rallye GT gauge faces. Dave's Volvo
                      Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
140 Rallye and 140 GT

Gauge Clusters Faces
Black or White Face Overlays

Volvo 140 Rallye GT gauge faces. Dave's
                        Volvo Page.

Volvo 1800
                      Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
Smiths Gauge Face Overlays
for Volvo P1800
Black or White Face Overlays

Volvo 240 gauge
                    faces. Dave's Volvo Page.Replacement or Custom Face Overlays:
Meme Faces for '81-'93 240s


All sets are custom printed to order.

These face overlays are the product of years of development using 240 instrument clusters from my own cars and from junkyards.  I originally began designing them for my own 245 Turbo in 1999.  I then received so many requests from other 240 owners that I decided to make them available for a modest price.
You will find that the line and character print detail on these faces is excellent and the overall print quality is fantastic!  All sets are printed when ordered.  I use special waterproof ink and professional grade vinyl media. Each set is then covered with a UV clear laminate that offers a non-glare finish.   I offer many different styles to choose from and all of them can be ordered with different custom configurations at no extra charge. 
                          240 gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.

Comments I've received from some of my customers:

"Hey Dave, I was just letting you know that I installed the white faces and they look great. Nice work."  I.M.

I tried to paint some gauges myself with this KemKhrome auto paint, but didn't quite come out the way I wanted it. So, I put on the white gauges and they look amazing. I thinking I could use the KemKhrome auto paint for something else on the car other than the guages. B.T.

"Finally found time to install the white faces on my gauges. They look and work GREAT! Every one that sees them can't get over them. Your directions were great also."  J.W.

"I just wanted to thank you again for your fabulous gauge face set.  Your instructions were excellent and I couldn't be happier with the results.  These faces were an important safety upgrade for my car as well as cosmetic, as I had always strained to see the dark, dim gauges at night.  Now they have a pleasant, slightly green glow that is very easy on the eyes."  P.P.

"Dave, just thought I would drop you a line. Many moons ago I bought a white face dial kit for my 240 and last weekend got around to fitting them. Following your guide made it a breeze and they look terrific. I'm so chuffed with it as it makes my 240 unique in Ireland." B.O.

"Got the gauges yesterday installed the main set, one word describes it... WOW.   Thanks man they look freakin awesome."  A.B.

"Today I recieved my order for  the gauge face set and I'm very pleased.  They look great and the quality is very nice. Shipping was very fast (I would've never thought they would get from US to Finland in less than a week). I have a lot of work in my car before I can drive it again but I think I'm going to go ahead and install the gauge faces next.   Thank you very much."  J.H.  Finland.




Full-color step-by-step instructions on the removal and disassembly of your gauge pod and the installation of these faces. Installation time is about an hour or two.  These faces are made so they will overlay your existing metal gauge faceplates using simple tools.

Adhesion Promoter is recommended to improve the installation of gauge face overlays. If your car may be subjected to high interior temperatures (parked outside), the adhesive on the backs of overlays can soften over time and allow the edges to lift. Applying a little of this before installation on the faceplate edges will greatly improve adhesion. For convenience, a cotton swab is included. This isn't some mythical snake-oil. It has been tested and works great.

Applying this stuff is easy. Dip the cotton swab in the liquid and smear the edges of the face plates where the overlays will be. It dries in seconds.  CAUTION: Using this stuff makes things stick very well, so be careful when placing the overlay down. It will be harder to lift and re-position.

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Many of you have questions.
I have included answers to the most frequently asked questions below

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are any special tools required to install these faces?
A: Basic tools will get you by on this one.  No special cutting or modifications to your car will be required to install these gauge faces.  At a slow, careful pace, it should take a first time installer no more than 2 hours.
Q: Are these gauge faces guaranteed not to fade?
A: Yes.

Q: Will I need to remove the needles from the original gauge faces?
A: Yes.  The instructions will give you a very simple step-by-step procedure.  For the main cluster, the needles for the speedometer and tachometer (or clock) can be pulled off and replaced without any damage.  The needles on the temperature and fuel level do not need to be removed.  For 52 mm gauges, needles will be removed on these too.

NOTE:  In the past, I have seen some white gauge faces designed for Volvos (and other cars) that allow for installation without removing the needles.  This requires a large hole in the center of the face in order to get the needle through without removing it.  With that type of face, the original black face can be seen past the needle through this large hole.  I don't think it works very well.   My faces will provide very professional looking results.  It's important to me that you're happy with this modification.  Many customers have written to me about the great results they have achieved with these faces.
Q: I am fearful to try this as I'm afraid I'll break a needle.
A:  Breaking a needle is rare, but it does happen to the speedo needle on rare occasions.  Most needles come off pretty easily.  The one needle that is probably the hardest is on the '81-'85 240 speedometer

Q: Will the tiny black screws that hold the face plates rip through the faces when they are tightened?
A: No, but these scews should not be cranked down too tight.  They only need to be snug.  

Q: Does the overall diameter of your faces exactly match or exceed the factory face size?
A: Yes. The actual printed image is usually slightly larger than the factory sized faces and will "fill up" the gauge circle openings better than the original faces do. 

Q: What about accuracy? Are these faces accurately calibrated to match my original ones?
A:  Yes.  The calibration will be an exact match to the original faces.

Q: Are these faces applied with peel 'n' stick paper or glue?
A: They are peel 'n' stick.  The adhesive is very strong, yet very easy to work with when positioning them on your original faces.

Q: My dash lights are dim and it makes my instruments hard to see at night.  Is there any way to improve this?
A: Adding white faces will improve visibility a lot.  Also, it's now possible to find brighter bulbs, such as LED. 

One method to get more light that works...  the 240 dash light dimmer switch on it's brightest setting does not actually allow full power to the bulbs.  I have bypassed the dimmer on both on my 240's and found my dash lights to be brighter.  I can no longer dim the instrument lights, but I don't miss that feature.

Also, Gary Harris sent me some great suggestions for brightening up the dash lighting in 240's, click here or scroll down.
Q: Can you make white faces for 740's and later models?
A: No. The 240 faces are mounted on your original metal faceplates.  They work very well on 240 models since 240 gauges are "forward lighted," meaning they're lit from the front of the gauge by bulb reflectors.  The faceplates on the 740 gauges (and later models), are made from a translucent plastic and lit from BEHIND the gauge using prisms.  Putting solid face overlays on your 740 would not allow very good lighting.  I have experimented with making translucent back-lit 740 instrument clusters and the results never turned out near as nice as I would want.  The 740 boost face I make works well, but other faces have not.  Since I will not sell something unless it looks and functions well, I have abandoned this type of project.

Getting Better Light to 240 Instruments

Try this thread from the Brickboard: http://www.brickboard.com/RWD/index.htm?id=735768

Suggestions for better lighting.  Posted by Gary Harris:

I saw some ideas you posted regarding better instrument panel illumination.  I made a fairly simple modification several years ago which is a MAJOR improvement, as follows:
1) Remove instrument panel from vehicle and remove guage cluster from housing.
2) Remove the two light bulb sockets at the top of the cluster that are used for panel lighting.
3) Carefully clean the two 'cups' that these bulbs were installd in with a mild solvent.
4) Typically, the plastic will have yellowed with age in these 'cups'.  They need to be repainted with a bright white paint (the whiter the better!). I used some Ford white auto touch-up paint for this. Very handy with the small brush.  This will transfer much more light into the plastic 'light-pipe'
5) While the paint is drying, we need to rework the two light bulb sockets so they can accept a small Halogen 5-watt instrument panel lamp used on many late-model vehicles.  Do NOT use a bulb any larger than 5-watts!
This is the difficult part, and it has been so long since I did it I no longer remember exactly how I did this.
There are several different styles of sockets that Volvo used, some are easier to modify than others.  You might run across these with when looking at different panel disassemblies.  Basically, I ended up soldering the halogen bulb pins into the Volvo socket.
The result of all this is an extremely bright white light source that really lights up the panel and make it look great.
Anyway, give the Halogen conversion a try, I think you will be VERY pleased with the result.
Gary Harris

Special Projects
Over the years I have taken on a lot of special custom gauge face projects.  Some are shown below.

The faceplate on this AEM Air/Fuel Ratio meter is stamped aluminum, which made is fairly easy to apply a new face. 
This one was done for a customer who wanted it to match his Volvo Rallye R-Sport instruments. 
It's available in the 52 mm Face Page.

Volvo 1800 Gauge Faces
This is a white face overlay set for Smith's Volvo 1800 faces. These faces are now available with a 120 mph or 200 kmh speedometer.
They are also available as BLACK faces also for restoring old faces.  
Installation instruction for these faces (2.5 mb PDF) CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS.
Volvo 1800
                      Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page. Volvo
                      1800 Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page. Volvo
                      1800 Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page. Volvo
                      1800 Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.
Here is the white face 1800 set installed.  The red LED lighting was a custom installation by Roger Patricio of RP RSports.
Click here for more info and look for RPR Sports
  Volvo 1800
                      Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page. Volvo 1800
                      Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page. Volvo
                      1800 Smiths gauge faces. Dave's Volvo Page.
Volvo 142 Rallye Faces
These are restoration face overlays for restoring old 142 Rallye gauges. 
They are available with KMH or MPH speedometer. Also with lbs/sq. inch oil pressure or kp/cm2 oil pressure.
Click here for the 140 Gauge Page.
Volvo 140 Rallye GT gauge faces. Dave's Volvo
                      Page. Volvo 140 Rallye GT gauge faces. Dave's Volvo

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