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Re: red alert
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Also in that manual it states that the custom radio changes color with tone. The more bass chosen the bluer, the treble is in reddish light with the middle lit in amber. I always heard the 1950's were the jukeboxes on wheels. Never imagined a multi-tone radio and speedometer needle giving off hues in prewar cars. they should've kept those to for postwar models.


Chris (phsnkw), thanks for this interesting hint. At a suitable opportunity I'll track the sound effect too.

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Posted on: 2015/7/2 13:53
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...Just above the bulb is a curved piece of celluloid film -type material ranging in color from green to amber to red. As the pointer swings in an arc (as speed increases) it passes over the green section to amber and then to the red section of the colored film...

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Posted on: 2015/7/4 5:07
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I don't know for certain as I own only 1941 Packards - would have to check with someone who own a 1942. I highly suspect the '42 is the same as the '41.


My 1940 Packard 110s all had the color-changing speedometer pointer but my 1939 Six did not.

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Packard announced the translucent hand in 1940.

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Posted on: 2016/3/6 7:13
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I wonder how well that idea was actually received. Even though the postwar schematics show the cars having a pointer light bulb Packard seems to have discontinued the illuminated pointer and colors with the 21st series cars. It seemed to be a fad again with a few cars in the 50s but didn't last long.

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As I recall on my 1940, the change in color was rather subtle. That is, it was clearly a different color but not bright so was not a distraction in any way.

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Howard, that's a good point. One element of truth is the technical design. I found the light-conducting effect only after reading about it. It could be a matter of aging, anyway, what you see below is the greenest green.

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I don't recall a change in colors but an uncle had possibly a Pontiac (?) that had a speedometer that changed colors the faster you went. I remember standing in the back looking over his shoulder watching the speedometer tube change colors as he drove faster. No needle, just a painted tube.

It was similar to the Saab speedometer I found on line

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Posted on: 2016/3/7 18:41
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I think this would have been great with tach's too!

Posted on: 2017/3/23 13:06
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I had forgotten about this thread and fortuitous it was resurrected today. Just about to start another with a similar theme and ask a related question.

Was cleaning innards of my 47 radio and found some interesting color filters so checked them out in the operators sheet for the radio.

A question for anyone with one of these radios in good condition and functional would be if the tone color change is noticeable or just one of those things nice in theory but you have to really be looking for -- particularly in daytime.

Secondary to that is I found dark purple celluloid filters which appears similar to those used for the Flite-Glo dash lights used in 22-23 series. One is positioned in a slot on the dial support and appears to be feeding or maybe shading the dial pickup from the illumination bulb near the tone colors. Another is inside the slotted shell covering the bulb on the other side. That glo lite particular feature isn't mentioned as being part of the radio so the question about the dial would be any ideas why it would have a purple filters if the entire dial goes tone color as described in the literature or is the dial overall a purplish color in addition to the tone colors? Do the numerals and needle glow similar to the glowing instruments of 22-23 series?

If other radios were as dirty as this one and no one has noticed the colors that is understandable.

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Posted on: 2017/3/23 14:08
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