57-58 IMPERIAL SPEEDO REMOVAL : How to ....
(and also how to remove parking brake assembly)
Since 2 years my '57 Imperial doesn't show speed ! After the restoration was completed i found that the speedo didn't go over 20 mph !! The odometer worked well but the needle just showed 15 mph when i was at 50 mph ... My first thought was that there was a magnetic problem in the speedometer head: not enough strenght from the rotating magnet. In fact, i discovered 6 months ago (when i bought another speedo and restored it) that it was my fault ! When i disassembled it, i unsettled the spiral (return) spring of the needle.So the needle couldn't overcome the spring and indicate a wrong measurement. About disassembly the speedo, take a look at this page
After my 7 years restoration, i was tired ! Too tired to remove the speedo so
i put an electronic "bike computer". I was afraid also to remove this enormous
instrument and i don't know "how to" with the dash in the car.
L.O.L !!! HA HA HA HA .. They never removed a speedo on a car ! Perhaps without firewall and floor or on a car w/o wipers and (antena / lights) switches .. And perhaps with a "magic" parking brake release shaft. (1)
It took me 20 hours !!! And many more items needed removal besides what Chrysler said !! And a machining of a new axle !!
* From "Chrysler bulletin CH-1000 ": how to r&r speedo (1.6 h) :
1. Disconnect battery.
* From my experience (20 h):1. same as Chrysler ...
2. Remove parking brake assembly (need 2 hours..): remove cable at trans. -
remove cable at parking brake assy. (but first need to remove switch on assy)
- Remove knob and escutcheon - And now ? How to remove the assy. with a shaft
which protudes at front of dash ? Impossible !! You need to remove the shaft
with its return spring and stop sector. Ther's a cotter pin that you can reach with a
lot of difficulty (see pic): you must remove it then you slide the shatf off
the assl'y. Don't bother about return spring and sector, it's too late, you
never could reinstall them ... Now you can remove the nuts (2), bolts (2) (beware! cupped washer under them) on firewall and 2 other bolts under the front of the
3. If not done, remove speedo cable and lights. But you need also to remove the wiper linkage from wiper arm (very small clip.. i lost it !) Remove harness wires from clip on top of speedometer and push wires to the left (if you can..).4 . If you take a look under the dash you'll see that the speedo is very large and will interfere with the antenna switch. remove it. At left the headlight switch 'll also be in the way... Remove the knob and nut which holds the assy. Push the switch in and to the left.
5. Disconnect trip mileage setting cable by loosening cable set screw.
7. take 1 or 2 beers .. You've worked around 6 hours.
8. Through the speedo opening loose enough the 2 upper nuts. Remember, you must not remove them !! If you've to remove the clock or change the parking light bulb, do it, you'll never have this chance...
9. Slide the new speedo and engage the upper brackets on studs. Check if the brackets elongated holes are well on the studs ! Finger tight the nuts and install the lower nut (or bolt). Then tight the upper nuts if you could with a socket. Install trip mileage cable.
10. re-install antenna and headlight switches. Do not reinstall at this time
speedo cable, wiper linkage and the four speedo lights.
11. Slide the release axle in the opening (from rear). Slide the parking brake assembly. Install the axle in the "return spring extension" and install the cotter pin; not easy because you can't see or feel the hole with the pin in the fingers.. It took me 1 hour !! Take another beer ... Check if the release axle returns to vertical position. OK ? No, no beer now..
12. Now remaining work is a dream !! Install the cable (you need an help to pull the housing cable from engine compartment) and all other things (speedo cable, wiper linkage, lights etc..). Put the 6 nuts / bolts of the parking brake. Install cable at transmission drum end.
13. Enjoy !! But make an appointment with a chiropractor, your back needs some restoration
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The "new" speedo (note that i've checked if it works : 1 mile...). The green "kph" numbers are printed on a clear and removable plastic.
Thanks to John Hertog for corrections...
Philippe, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to create the web pages
detailing the spedometer removal on the 1957-58 Imperials. After studying your
information I was able to swap mine in 4 hours with a rebuilt one, and I also
changed the clock too. I saved alot of time on my swap because I was able to
remove the parking brake assembly in one piece without removing the actuating
rod. I kept moving the assembly toward the right-front of the car until the
actuating rod swiveled enough to come out of the hole in the dash. Another thing
I did is that I scratched the lens of the old speedo when I was removing it, so
I taped some newspaper across the new lens until it was almost in position, then
removed the newspaper before bolting it in.
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