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Miles behind the times

Asked by Jamie Loughnan

I own a 1969 model Holden HT Premier with the 186 six-cylinder motor and two-speed auto. It is a beautiful car, but the speedo is in mph and I can't read it. I have searched the internet for a conversion sticker, but I have had no luck. Any ideas? Also, is it possible to buy a whole new speedo?

Answered by CarsGuide

6 Feb 2004 Graham Smith

Metric conversion scales for speedos were popular at the time we changed from imperial measurements to metric, but I haven't seen one for years. I'm told Auto Surplus (ph: 9873 3566) and Auto Spares Galore (ph: 9758 3644) used to stock them, so it might be worth trying them. Other than that, you might keep an eye out for one at a swap meet. As for a new speedo, I don't believe there are systems available for the HT. One solution would be to make your own scale by applying a strip of tape to the speedo face at the appropriate speeds -- 50km/h, 60km/h and 100km/h.

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