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1800 Face Overlays
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The below photos show an original 1800 dash with Smiths gauges.
(Shown with 200 kmh speedometer)
Click on photos for larger images

I offer original looking black or custom white colored gauge face overlays for the Volvo Smiths gauges shown here. They are designed to restore or change the look of these gauges. Some variations are shown below.

All faces are printed with UV resistant ink on professional grade vinyl and have a Satin non-glare laminated UV film over the front to protect the face from exposure.  These are designed with peel and stick adhesive.

Installation instructions for Smiths 1800 gauge overlays:
CLICK HERE for Overlay Installation Instructions (400 KB PDF)

If you cannot disassemble your gauges, I can refer you to a very talented technician who can disassemble and reassemble them and also perform restoration if needed.
If you can disassemble them and feel that you cannot install these overlays to your face plates by yourself, I can install them for a small fee. You would need to send me your metal face plates.

Thank you, Dave

Disassembly of Volvo Smiths 1800 Gauges
The above instructions will not include detailed methods of disassembling a gauge.  Some detail is found here and more can be found in the instructions for 240 main instruments and 52 mm gauges found in my pages at the below links. The procedures are very similar.

<<< Here's a view of a typical Smiths magnetic speedometer, which is the same as is found in the Volvo 1800.
When disassembling one of these, the first step will be to remove the bezel ring. A good method for this procedure is shown in the below video.

Then the needle (pointer) will need to be removed.  The best method in my opinion is illustrated here.
Begin by locating the needle limit pin near ZERO on the face plate. Carefully lift the end of the need over the pin so it's on the lower side of it.  Take note (take a photo) of the precise position of the needle. You may even make a mark on the outer edge of the face plate. This is so you may reinstall the needle in the same position.

Looking at the illustration at left, identify the DRAG CUP. Grasp the drag cup with your hand and you'll notice this prevents the needle from moving.  At this point you should grasp the center hub of the needle, being careful to not put sideways pressure on the pointer, which could break it off. Now turn the needle hub counter-clockwise. Speedometer manufacturers typically use a thread locking adhesive between the shaft and needle hub, so if you feel it suddenly break free, that's the glue releasing. Continue rotating the hub while gently pulling toward you.  You may also rotate in a left-right direction while pulling.  After a short time the needle will pull off.  When reinstalling a needle, you'll find that pushing it back on the shaft with a little pressure from your thumb is enough.  Most will not need any new adhesive on the hub.
<<< PRYING THE NEEDLE: This method of prying the needle off the shaft is generally considered not to be the best method, however may be done if necessary.  Prying off the needle comes with the risk of breaking the shaft or damaging the face plate with the prying tools.
Disassembling a Smiths Speedometer
Below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gAbn7IY8LI


Below Photo 1800 Blackface Original
This 14 piece set is intended to restore the faces back to a new appearance.
It is available with a 120 MPH or 200 kmh speedometer.
Converting from MPH to kmh is possible.

There are TWO style clocks that are found with these gauges. Style 1 is most common and this is the default style that comes with the face overlay set.
If you need Style 2, please enter that request in the Order Details Text Box below when you order. There is no extra cost.

Clock Style 1
Clock Style 2


If you only need a speedometer face set to repair or convert a speedometer from MPH to km/h or km/h to MPH, this may be found below: Click here.


The below customer made a couple of changes from his original gauges.  The changes are subtle.
He requested "VOLVO" be placed in the faces instead of "SMITHS". He also preferred orange colored needles instead of white ones, which he did during reassembly. 

 Below Photo 1800 Whitefaces
This 14 piece set is intended to create a high quality white face set.
It is available with a 120 MPH or 200 kmh speedometer.
Converting from MPH to kmh is possible.


The below customer wanted white faces. 

These gauges below were custom built with variable colored LED lighting, solid black bezel rings and black needles

Adhesion Promoter is recommended to improve the installtion of gauge face overlays. It is not needed in all situations, however if your car may be subjected to high interior temperatures frequently (parked outside) or many times over the years, the adhesive on the backs of overlays can soften 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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All faces have a Matte/Non-Glare Laminated UV Poly Film over the front to protect the finish.


  All 14 piece 1800 overlay sets are priced as follows:
$40.00 USD each 

Single Gauge Speedometer only (2 piece set):
$16.00 USD each
May be used for conversions.

Single Gauge CLOCK only, Style 1 or Style 2 (2 piece set):
$6.00 USD each

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For 1800 Face Set.
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