Paul W. Williamson (1937-2005) founded Williamson's Instrument Services in 1980.
Being the consummate entrepreneur, Paul
saw an opportunity: Kilometers to Miles per Hour speedometer conversions.
Dealerships around the country needed this service and sent him much business and Paul
learned everything possible about the process.
A downturn in the import business, combined with the growing need for classic speedometer and gauge restoration shops, led Paul
to create an instrument restoration business.
We are still located in Chester, Arkansas in the building that Paul
Business grew rapidly, and it wasn't long that he
found himself expanding the building as his
Over the years, Paul
taught himself how to repair other gauges in the dash, such as the oil, temp, fuel, amperage meters and clocks.
had a life long passion for anything mechanical, electronic or electrical.
could take anything apart, study it and put it back together.
immense skills, Paul
devised a method to convert the classic SUN tachometer transmitters (SUN sending units) to a "No Battery Needed" operation.
This conversion allowed auto enthusiasts to maintain the classic look of the interior of their restored cars, while using modern engines and ignition technology under the hood.
This highly popular conversion earned him prestige and respect with classic car enthusiasts.
In addition to all the other services provided, Paul
business to be a "one stop shop" for restorations.
In order to do so, he
bought books on screen printing and learned the restoration process of gauge dials.
We worked with Paul
during those early years, all of us, side by side striving to establish a small business.
We only succeeded in this business because of Paul's vision who was an integral part of our lives and we were devastated by his
not only taught us how to run a successful business, but much about life and we are working diligently to keep that vision and legacy alive.