HELM AT TIME OF PURCHASE
The lower helm instruments had been replaced, but the patented "DUALOCK" switches remained. They turned electrical power to the ignition "OFF" and shut fuel supply down at the same time.
LEAK? WHAT LEAK?
After removing the chart locker cover, the extent of the cabin leak is revealed. Stewart/Warner gauges can be re-used.
Over the years, switches and indicators were jammed into the helm's control panel. The "syncronizer" (black, center) showed green when engines were turning at the same RPMs.
Operating these controls can be tricky when negotiating a tight slip in a high wind. When backing down one or both engines and wishing to increase thrust, it is counter intuitive to push the throttle forward in order to go backward faster. Add to that the need to change gears quickly when a broadside wind hits, and you have the perfect formula for an adrenaline rush.
Morse Controls made this "single lever/dual action" control in the '50s. After a long search, I was able to find three of them on eBay - two for immediate use and one for parts.
Back from chroming, engraved wording is repainted with red letters. Now, to increase speed astern, you just need to pull backwards on a single lever.
UPPER PANEL ADDED
By removing the headliner, we were able to install a panel large enough to accommodate the navigation monitor, radio and fuel flow meters (not yet installed).
FINISHED LOWER HELM
Toggle switches are identified with back-lit labeling in RED to improve night vision when running after dark.