FAKES, REPRODUCTIONS & FANTASY ITEMS
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FANTASY & REPRODUCTIONS MOTOMETER ITEMS
Our next December 2016 "Fakes, Reproductions and Fantasy Items" item is a "Chrysler BOYCE MOTO-METER."
To our trained and experience eye detecting this one as a cheap reproduction is quite easy.
All of the non- too subtle signs of the modern cheap reproduction gauges are present and boldly on display that at this time we should not have to point out to our regular article series readers.
Despite the seller's either poor quality digital camera work, haste, camera usage unsurety or intentional blurring the finish, glass crystal retaining ring/bezel detail, thin and interior white coated thermometer instrument, highly polished radiator attachment bolt and locking nut, chrome finish and frame appearance this "Chrysler" motometer seemed to have fooled no potential buyers in November.
While replacement Chrysler dial plates were manufactured it was near the end of the run for BOYCE MOTO-METERs.
A similar looking "Buick" logo-ed one put up for sale by the same eBay seller earlier this December also failed to find a buyer.
We thought it a "nice" touch to add the radiator fluid-caused corrosion to give it that "certain" used look.
And, no this does not appear to have been a "1960's reproduction but more like a last year Vintique America production from California.
We thought that we would also include a look at the replacement thermometers used in the Vintique "BOYCE MOTO-METERs."
As we have noted in the past and within this edition the Vintique replacement thermometer, product number A-18355-U has the particular shiny brass radiator attachment bolt, black rubber washer and very thin thermometer instrument.
These thermometers tend to have poor temperature change response in comparison to truly original BOYCE MOTO-METER units.
Also included, at left, are two views of Vintique's lens, lens gaskets and bezel screw set.
Note, these parts are for their reproduction motometers that are loosely based upon a late model version of a Junior BOYCE MOTO-METER and do not properly fit authentic BOYCE MOTO-METERs.
As well, the plastic gaskets warp terribly and quickly when exposed to heat and light.
These guys do a tremendous business and are most frequently patronized by early Ford auto owners.
And, all too frequently such purchased items show up on secondary markets for sale with prices ranging from their approximate original retail cost of $49.00 to the extremely outrageous $200.00 or more.
We find it difficult to believe that these units in whole or part could in anyway be worth the expenditure given the availability of suitable authentic original alternatives, but of course the choice is always theirs or yours.
In any event knowing how to identify reproduction parts should be able to aid you in determining authentic original motometers from reproductions.
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