German Ford V3000S Shift Pattern Decal US Transmission
This is a water transfer decal which replicates the German ford shift pattern decal but the artwork has been adjusted to match the American shift pattern. I felt it was important for the shift pattern to actually match the vehicle so as to idiot-proof it for guest drivers. The artwork is based on an original decal found on the dash board of a Ford Maultier. Interestingly, the Synchro-Silent wording was on the original German decal and also appears in the US Ford manual for this model of truck. There are obviously a number of various shift patterns used on these trucks, particularly in the US but this one should match the more common transmissions. If you require a different pattern, contact me.
These decals are not perfect but they do look pretty good and really bring the cab of your truck to life. Printing decals has proven to be a tricky process, and I have come to just except there will be some small errors. This is a very difficult thing to research so, in the end, I did have to do some guess work. There is so little information out there that it is unlikely that anyone would be able to know enough to find any fault with it. Someone that has researched this is more likely to accept this than someone that hasn't.
The shift pattern appears to have been an aluminum tag on earlier versions of Ford like the 35 and 37, but it seems like they had switched to decals by the time the 41 went into production. I am not sure if decals would be appropriate for earlier models. Interestingly, the decal appears to mimic the aluminum tag and it seems like the same exact artwork was used to create both.
There are 2 possible positions for the decal. The typical location is immediately in front of the steering wheel on the dashboard under the 3 indicator lights, This is where it appears in most manuals and should be considered the standard position. Alternatively, I have also seen it applied to the top of the dash board along the top ridge. This is a highly unusual placement but there is at least one example of it and it make have been specific to certain versions of the Ford maultier. See photos.
Lay out supplies; water based polyurethane clear, a paintbrush, paper towels, a saucer or bowl, masking tape and material, and your decal.
Mask off the area where the decal is to be applied. leave a 1/16" to an 1/8" gap around the decal.
Fill the saucer with warm, slightly soapy water and set the decal into it. Keep the decal submersed and un roll it as it curls up. Poke the decal with the paintbrush until you can see the decal floating separate of the backing paper. You only want the decal to be separating from the backing paper, but you do not want to completely remove the decal from the paper.
Apply the polyurethane to the masked off area and retrieve the decal. Position the decal and slip it off of the backing paper. The paint brush can be helpful in this process.
Use the brush to position the decal while brushing bubbles out from under the decal by brushing from the center of the decal towards the outside edges.
Very lightly dab the decal area dry with a paper towel. At this point you can either remove your masking material and let the decal dry or you can add another clear coat over top and then remove the masking material.
*Important: do not apply the polyurethane until the decal is ready to apply to prevent it from drying out much before the decal is applied. The water on the decal will dilute and thin the polyurethane but this helps adhere the decal.
Each decal will come with a test or practice decal. This is a decal with a printing error.
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