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Thread: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

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    Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    I was entertaining the idea of doing my own Corbin maintenance and repair. If I buy Doc Schuster's book will it tell me all I need to know or am I crazy for attempting open heart on such a delicate instrument?

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    Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    Terry Marsh in Oregon does them.

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    Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    He is definitely the first guy I would send it to. I just thought it might be fun to give it a go.

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    Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    I worked in a speedo shop for 12 years and unless you have the proper equipment it will not be any fun !!!!

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    Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    Terry is the guy!!!

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    Any decisions? I say give it a whirl, you probably can't break it any more. I've been contemplating it as well. How hard can it be to build a watch anyways?


    I'll let you know how over my head I am in a few hours.
    If you don't try, you have a 100% chance of not succeeding.

  7. Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    Here's what I found in mine.

    http://www.caimag.com/forum/showthre...ef-Build/page9

    It is apparently very difficult to build a watch.
    If you don't try, you have a 100% chance of not succeeding.

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    Re: Corbin Speedometer Maintenance

    I ended up buying a 39/40 speedometer on ebay. I liked it because it had the max speed hand and the trip odometer. The owner, an antique dealer from Massachusetts, said it had been sitting in a closet for 50 years. The instrument was really nice because it had not been buggered with and showed less than 200 miles but the trip odometer button was missing and I knew it should be cleaned and lubricated before putting into service.

    I sent the speedometer to Terry and am really glad I did. He concurred that it was a survivor but had seen some water on the inside at some point. He cleaned it up (but did not restore it) replaced the trip button and the bearings and tested it in less than a week. It looks so good I am almost afraid to use it. Thank you Terry!

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    P.S. inside there is a date stamp of January 1940. Terry said it was common to use up old stocks of housings (this one is a 1938)

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