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New LED dash lights (Read 9548 times)
Jul 7th, 2013 at 8:53am

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Since I had to take the dash off to upgrade the air conditioning I decided to replace the radio & install LED lights in the dash. LED's can not be dimmed with the dimmer switch so you can either build a circuit or order one like I did ..only cost $15.00 & it's also got a remote.
I got the bulbs from http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-4-led/6/ in RED for the dash & white for everything else. Also wired all the dash lights together & eliminated lots of wires. The new radio has an external CD player that I installed in the passenger rear area.


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This is the dimmer unit
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LED Bulb & wires tied together
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I had some Boston Acoustic speakers  in inclosures laying around that I'll use Cool
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Reply #1 - Jul 7th, 2013 at 12:20pm

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Looks cool Alan Cool............jack
 

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Reply #2 - Jul 7th, 2013 at 6:22pm

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Looks good Alan, did you paint the metal backing to another color other than bluish-green?
 

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Reply #3 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:53am

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I didn't paint anything.
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Reply #4 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 5:52am

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Well I goofed & forgot that the bulbs that need dimming have to be in there own circuit, meaning they can't use the chassis ground. Since all the bulb sockets   use the chassis found they need to be isolated. I found some on the same site for .99 ea. Now they need to be insulated so I will use 3/8" gas hose cut to 1/2" & put a piece of 1/4 shrink tubing on the top to keep them in place. Then put a dab of silicon to keep them in place from moving. I'll take some pic's when I get the sockets in. I think I had a brain dead monent because I do understand electronics Lips Sealed at least I thought I did...
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Reply #5 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 6:52am
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that's different. lights up pretty good. what ever happened to those white face gauge stickers? you gonna put those on the 68?

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Reply #6 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 7:31am

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I still have the white face gauge kit, but I'm not sure if I want to use it. I only first intended to replace the heater core which started leaking last winter. Then I decide to upgrade the air/heater unit. After it was in I decided to up grade the radio & while I was waiting for the radio got the hair brain idea to switch over to LED's . I think I'll stop here or I'll never get done Cheesy  Luckly this car has just about everything already done.  I did install a ubolt on the underside of the frt frame so I can pull it up on the trailer real easy. The 68 has digital gauges in Blue...I replaced them about 10 yrs ago.
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Reply #7 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 8:12am
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Gotcha and I hear ya loud and clear. every time I went to work on something I found something else I could do and it before you know it, it's a life long project. ya know, I sold the vette and thought I'd be able to relax and not worry about spending countless hours in the garage and now that I have began the bike rebuild, it seems I'm back in the same boat. taking things apart, cleaning, painting and ordering parts is just a way of life.

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Reply #8 - Jul 8th, 2013 at 6:14pm

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Alan, looks nice Wink
Charlie, I think it's a way of like Smiley don't think I'll ever grow out of that Grin
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Reply #9 - Jul 9th, 2013 at 10:50am

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I finished wiring the dash lights & will post pics tomorrow.
It sure gets rid of lots of wires Roll Eyes  I mounted the dimmer switch on the left kick panel in case I miss place the remote.
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Reply #10 - Jul 10th, 2013 at 6:12am

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  I think the dash lights make up most of the wires in the harness and it was still a dismal ride at night to  say the least..................jack
 

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Reply #11 - Jul 10th, 2013 at 8:07am

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Well I'm at the put it back together stage, but it's so damn humid I'm quitting for the day. The left dash is in & the center is ready. Here's some more pics
For those that have never seem the heater box & everything associated ..I forgot the compressor Lips Sealed
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The engine compartment now ...much more space
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This is the new heat & air box..much more compact & it really blows the air
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The cent piece with the new air unit attached
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I attached the dimmer control to the kick panel\
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Now there's only 2 wires coming of the center piece & the left console for the dash lights.
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I used this on each light socket to make sure they stay in place
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This is the socket holder I rigged up. 3/8 gas hose cut to approx 1/2", shrink tubing cut to about 3/16"
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Sure made putting the dash in place a lot easier  Smiley
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Reply #12 - Jul 10th, 2013 at 9:46am

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That really cleaned up the wires for sure.The stock radio is worth some bucks. I know I paid dearly for it..................jack
 

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Reply #13 - Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:38am

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I'll put the radio on ebay .
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Reply #14 - Jul 10th, 2013 at 11:13am
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That's excellent. I'm all for the simple and easy way of upgrades rather than not doing it because I couldn't find an exact fit.  good stuff.

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