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460-67Stang
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posted 02-07-2002 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a post from someone that did this somewhere else (not M&M) and can't locate it now. This guy glued some of that flexible neon tubing light stuff into his instrument cluster and said it lit up the factory guages real nice...plus you can get different colors. You can buy this stuff at Auto Zombie.

Anyone done this? I'd like to learn more about how it's done.
Brian

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The Iceman
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posted 02-07-2002 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was me!
Its actually very simple --- I went to Auto Zone (as you know), bought what is called "EL Stringlight" for $19 (its a 5 foot loom of it) in the red color (its actually orange when it lights up) and then I disassembled my guage cluster (Im using a'66 guage cluster, replaced my '65) and I used the given glue to glue the stringlight to around the outer edge of each guage. I ran the wire through one of the lightbulb holes i didnt need, and then all you do is hook the negative wire to a ground, and the other to a 12v source that goes on with the headlights and youre all set!!!
With one set, you can see the guages fairly nicely, however if you really wanted to, you could wire another string with the other for it to be brighter, however if you do two (at least with the '66 guages) youll see the Neon wire during the day (you can barely see it now with just the one neon wire, personally I have no problem with it)

I highly recommend it -- works better than the stock system Ford used!!!
Im rewiring my whole underdash this weekend (loooooooon gstory haha) and since ill have the cluster out to do the work, Ill take it apart again and try to get some pics for ya!

hope it helps, have a good one, if you have anymore questions just ask!
(then again maybe you SHOULDNT do it, I wanted to be the ONLY classic stanger with this in the world heh heh heh )

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460-67Stang
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posted 02-09-2002 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Iceman Dan,
THANKS for the reply! Imitation is the best form of flattery you know!

Yes, I'd like to see some pics if you get around to it.

Is the neon stuff dimmable by the headlight switch just like the stock lights were? Do I understand correctly that you took out all the stock lights and are now just using the neon?

Thanks!
Brian

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The Iceman
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posted 02-10-2002 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here ya go Brian, in spite of my LOVELY little dilemma (my two Urgent posts attest to that... ), I took this picture last night for ya! hope it helps

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CrAzY Dan~
1965 Coupe "BeeBop" 200ci Straight "6"~2.77 3-spd w/Hurst Shifter~Pertronix Elec. Ign.~Flamethrower Coil~Flex-Fan~Clifford 6-2 Header~26" Smithys~3" chrome tips~'85 T-Bird TC buckets~'66 guages
https://mustangsandmore.com//ubb/TheIceman.html
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460-67Stang
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posted 02-11-2002 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dan! A picture is truly worth a thousand words!

Is the neon dimmable?
Brian

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The Iceman
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posted 02-12-2002 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brian,
the neon CAN be dimmable if you splice the (+) wire of the neon into one of the blue/red instrument lighting wires that are at the back of your dash --- however I dont reccommend it unless you wrap the neon TWICE around the guages (mine is only wrapped around once) or buy another 5ft set of the StringLight, because the neon is JUST bright enough with the headlight dim setting all the way to the left (brightest setting)
have a good one

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CrAzY Dan~
1965 Coupe "BeeBop" 200ci Straight "6"~2.77 3-spd w/Hurst Shifter~Pertronix Elec. Ign.~Flamethrower Coil~Flex-Fan~Clifford 6-2 Header~26" Smithys~3" chrome tips~'85 T-Bird TC buckets~'66 guages
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http://www.motorcities.com/contents/01GF9250033520.html July of 2001 pics
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