Early GL1000 gauge identification

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rdway60
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Early GL1000 gauge identification

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Hey folks, i'm looking at an earlier 2/75 gl1000 (GL1-1002342) and need validation as to whether they are the original gauges or not. I was under the assumption all of the 75's came with the brighter green backgrounds(my 6/75 has these)that tended to crack if too much sun/heat. This particular bike has a darker green? background and a red mark at the 70mph position. I seem to remember reading someplace before that these gauges came on the very earlier models? My main concern is this bike comes with another possibly tweeked front end that has the lighter green gauges mounted on it. Present owner doesn't know history of the bike as it was given to him by an elderly family member. Any guesses? Thanks in advance for any input.
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To my knowledge, the lighter green is correct for a 1975. It's been a while, but the darker green-ish I THINK showed up in 1977.

(I've never owned a '78/'79 model, but I think those went to straight black faces, iirc.)
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from my 1975GL1000 Feb.10, 2010
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same gauge taken May 20, 2020
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June16, 2018 (the same day I broke my right leg)
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The 78 has red needles and the temp gauge is in the faux tank console. 79 got white needles and same on the temp gauge.
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It looks like mystery solved by gltriker! Those pictures to me show the degradation of the gauge face by mother nature in chronological order. I would have never guessed they would change so much. So my guess is probably correct about the bike/gauge above. Original front was probably replaced at 40,000ish after a dump or worse. Thanks fellas
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