WECATCHEM’s Gauges Are Getting Ready To Perform From Kocian Instruments


Before. Note the rough face plate

The folks at Kocian and us here thought it might be fun, OK, not hey let’s go boating fun, but fun as in interesting fun to look at a set of gauges getting taken apart and put together. These are from our 1948 Chris Craft as you may know, and are kinda standard for that period.

Yikes, didnt realize they looked that bad

The folks at Kocian have been seeking out even more special stuff for there gauges so every detail is right.

Fixed and clean face

The screen printing process

And new!

The communication with Shauna has been fantastic, and they are on deadline. Any small issue or change has been talked about and discussed. For example I thought it might be cool to keep the faces original but the innards all done up. But after seeing what was happening with some of them, we decided to reface them all. That way they are consistent.


The backs

Temperature gauge BEFORE

Cleaned up and putting on a light filter


During assembly


New face, same body.. Mmmm like the Renee Zellweger of gauges. Not that either is bad, it just is what it is.

If you are not aware of Kocian Instruments, CLICK HERE and visit there website. The jobs are done very well,on time and on budget, and that is a way to “gauge” any company!

She is ready!

10 replies
  1. Dan T
    Dan T says:

    Why do those beautiful vintage tachometers go counter clockwise? Very nice work Kocian folks! Interesting nitch in the world of restorations.

  2. Bob B
    Bob B says:

    “Don’t try this at home.”

    Although No. 1 son did succeed with our gauge. Dining room table put to good use too.

  3. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    direction of the rpm gauge is a function of the way the engine turns as i understand it.

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    With Matt being a Fine Art graduate, he may have known about this already, but I didn’t realize until my daughter, Alayna, started her internship yesterday in a screen printing operation as an artist that screen printing was how the gauge faces were printed. She is so excited to find work in her field. The company works a 4 day work week and allows their artists to utilize their facilities the other 3 days. There is a lot of expensive equipment these artist would not normally have access to or could afford. Now maybe I can get her to do my gauge restoration LOL, well at least my screen printing. And thanks to the support by the Woody Boater community which was extended to her and our family during her hospitalization. Yes, this is the same girl who spent 7 weeks in ICU with unknown liver infection.

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