1953 Chevy Belair


Asked by Mar 31, 2007 at 09:50 PM about the 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The speedometer on my 1953 Chevy Belair get stuck at 30 mph. It will move a little bid upward from there but not much. It may go to 34mph. and stay there even when I'm driving at 50mph. The speedometer dosen't read lower than 30mph. even If car is standing still. Any Idea what this could be?
           Thanks, John

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Sounds like either the end of the cable is worn(could be where it goes to the speed or the end going to the tranny) or the gear in the speedo where the cable goes in, or the gear in the tranny.

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A 60 year old speedo needle might need a drop of oil.


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My money is on the speedometer needing a little TLC. Check the cable also for wear or kinks or bends that may slow the cable. It also may be the gears in the trans, but that is the last place to look. Lube the cable with the correct grease, make sure it runs easily and smooth. Put a variable speed drill on the speedometer and see if it will go continually up to the top speed if possible. If you live anywhere in So. Cal. There is a speedometer shop in Costa Mesa that is magic. They work on units from new cars to 30's American cars. Very reasonable and they will talk to you about the unit.

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