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73trials
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posted 12-27-2001 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

just finished reinstalling my dash, gauge panels,etc. while i had the gauges out, i took them apart and painted the innards white, as per the recent article in Mustang Monthly. boy, did that brighten things up! i could barely see the dash lights before. what a difference! totally invisible, too. just thought id pass that along.

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67 Fastback
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posted 12-27-2001 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67 Fastback   Click Here to Email 67 Fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By painting the 'innards' are you referring to the inside/backside of the gauge cluster, for the bulbs to reflect off of? Not seen the article and am always looking for ways to have the Dash lights be brighter.

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73trials
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posted 12-27-2001 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bingo. took the cluster apart, the surrounds that are supposed to reflect light are of black plastic, with a smattering of white paint from the factory. taped off the exposed parts and shot 'em with gloss white krylon. the off-white parts, too. dont know how/if a 67 differs, though

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 12-29-2001 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did the same thing. Came out great! Till my lens got broken. On the bench I've got bright lights. Still trying to get them to work in the car though. Ive got head lights, but no dash lights. Maybe I missed a ground or some thing. Do you have the tach in yours?

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The Iceman
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posted 12-29-2001 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ive got my unique, only ONE in the world dash light set up
I bought the 5ft neon string light from Auto Zone for $20, glued it along the perimeter of each of the five guages (I repaced my 65 guages with '66 ones, yes the ammeter and oil guage are not functional but i dont care ), and voila! orange neon to light up my guages at night that matches BeeBop's exterior color
(Im sure it would be brighter with those $20 white faced stick-overs they sell, but thats down the road for sure)

pure custom right there

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Dan~
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73trials
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posted 12-29-2001 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave, sorry to hear about your lens. no, i dont have a tach. (yet) didnt have any trouble at all getting it to work, once i got it plugged in right. i was just driving it back from the body shop, (after dark) and the difference was amazing.no more leaning over and squnting to read the speedometer!

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Dave Gibson
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posted 12-29-2001 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like I need to dig that article out and read it again. I might even have to do that mod to both Stangs.

Dave & Terri

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Dave Gibson
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posted 12-29-2001 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OOOOPPPSSS.....double post.

Dave & Terri

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Poison Ivy (Dave's)
'65 Fastback Modified 289 4V, C-4, dual exhaust, styled steel wheels, rally pac, A/C
Blue Belle (Terri's)
'66 Coupe, Silver Blue Metallic, 351W 2-V, 4 speed, A/C, future sleeper.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-30-2001 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What I find odd is that the gauge cluster in my '72 is all white plastic. {so are my spares} Must be why my dash lights fine.

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're talking about.

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Ken
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posted 12-30-2001 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Gibson:
Sounds like I need to dig that article out and read it again. I might even have to do that mod to both Stangs. Dave & Terri

Dave, if you or anybody else finds that article in Mustang Monthly would you please post what issue its from. Thanx

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Fastymz
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posted 12-30-2001 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ken:
Dave, if you or anybody else finds that article in Mustang Monthly would you please post what issue its from. Thanx


Yes what Ken said.
If I make my gauges any briting then I'll see how fast I'm going.

SCOOP

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 12-30-2001 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
What I find odd is that the gauge cluster in my '72 is all white plastic. {so are my spares} Must be why my dash lights fine.

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're talking about.


We're talking about the inner shroud.

The article you guys are looking for is in the October 1999 issue.(Page 29).

Steve see step # 7.

Hope this helps everybody.

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Ken
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posted 12-30-2001 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
Hope this helps everybody.

Thanks Dave, gotta go dig it up now !!! I know I've got it somewhere because I don't throw any of those away.....ask my wife !!!

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Ken
1965 Springtime Yellow Coupe
302GT40-4spd
Edlebrock RPM Air Gap
670cfm Holley Street Avenger
and much, much MORE !!!
www.mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Kens.html

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73trials
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posted 12-30-2001 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, we are talking about the black inner shroud, but i also painted the inside of the cluster housing because it was somewhat dull and yellowed. every litte bit helps.

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