dash lights

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  1. Cindy

    Cindy In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Hi guys. Ive probably asked this question before, but it's been awhile so bear with me. The dash lighting in Cochise (my 1969 Chero) is really dim and I'd like to replace it. I see lights on EBay all the time, but I don't know what size/type/color to buy. Can someone tell me what to look for? I'm pretty sure the dash is mostly original; it's one of the projects I haven't touched yet in Cochise's restoration. Thanks in advance!-Cin
     
  2. handy_andy_cv64

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    I know it's a long shot, but do you have the owner's manual? If not, check to see if you can find a member here with one, or find one online, as it likely lists which bulbs are used for the various lights on Cochise.
     
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    Cindy check uot this site it will tell you correct bulbs for all location on your Ranchero regular or led
    https://www.superbrightleds.com/veh...hicle-led-lights?make=28&model=1358&year=1969
     
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    Lamps dim with age, and a fair amount of dust etc makes its way into the interior of the dash assembly over time.
    I haven't taken apart a Ranchero dash of your vintage, but the later ones had little covers over the lamps on the inside of the assembly that would occlude over time and make the dash real dim.
     
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    Hey Cindy,
    If you need help replacing those bulbs let me know......... Just a little humor...

     
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    I've got that running through my head right now....
     
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    Seems the LED choices have improved since I last looked. If you do go LED, make sure they will dim with the control knob. If you have the little rubber bulb covers, some folks will use new standard bulbs and
    not replace the covers.
     
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    Thanks guys, all good info there. I appreciate it! (Mitch, when are ya goin' to Reno?)
     
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    Thanks, cbolt, that's a useful site.
     
  11. Billy Zoom

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    Does '69 still have the blue plastic shades over the bulbs? They're a PITA to remove, but it was worth it.
     
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    I dunno yet, Billy, but I guess Im gonna find out when they come out.
     
  13. As Is '66

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    Yes, LEDs are very popular nowadays...
    Although with so many on the market you hafta make the right choice...
    Colors are available along with angle of iluminations...
    Superbright LEDs are very good replacements...
    Anns van has a light out on the low speed side of the speedo, I`ve not got enough courage to tackle swapping this project...
    I wonder IF I can get the collision center to replace it? I`ll blame it on the deer we hit ;)
     
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    When I upgraded the lights in my Ranchero I used LED's that only had lights pointing straight out from the top (one surface only) and they sucked. I then ordered bulbs with "surrounding?" LED's (5 surfaces, 4 sides and the top) and WOW, what a difference. Very pleased with them.
     
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    Yes @pmrphil this is the angle of illumination I was speakin` of...
    Gotta be careful in choice when ordering...
    Those who`ve replaced, such as yourself are our guide to better lights what we can use...
    We learn from your mistake ;)

    D
     
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    [QUOTE="I wonder IF I can get the collision center to replace it? I`ll blame it on the deer we hit ;)[/QUOTE]
    Out hunting without a tag again?
     
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    Out hunting without a tag again?[/QUOTE]

    Naah @ribald1 Ann gots a tag on her van :D
    Coming home from an 8 hours driving time annual Thanksgiving trip, as we got to Americus, a BIG Buck Rammed the left front fender & door...
    No venison from that one :(
    No horns neither, it was a MESS!
     
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    Gee, friggin' thanks !! :p
     
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    I appreciate that info, thanks!
     

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