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    So I switched all my dash lights to green LED, just because, and in the process I took the little hatch off of the light (which I assumed was a bulb) for the shift indicator. The thing is held on by one small short screw and in the process of removing it the wire fell out of the back.

    All the wire does is makes a contact and I'm not sure whether something fell into the steering column but now there is nothing hold the wire in place. What am I missing? There is now just a round hole that the connector goes through, and it just falls out.
    Scott
    South Delta, BC, Canada
    1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
    Red Leather Interior!
    www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
    Thunderbird Registry #61266
    http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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    That wire, as I recall, had the contact held by a small insulator backing. It has a tendency to disconnect and separate. It should be there still, and you'll have to use an adhesive to make them one again. Then it'll maintain contact again.

    The same thing happened to me as these wires are delicate in their old age.

    I'd like to know how you got your bulbs in the instrument panel. I can't replace the bulb above the ignition switch let alone the rest.

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    • #3
      Here are some pics of what the shift indicator light assy. should look like.
      Nyles
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      • #4
        Thanks Nyles, as always you are the man! The spring and the insulator holding it in are missing, I can now fix it easily. Also I can put the green LED in there. I'll take pictures, I wanted red but couldnt find the BA9 in red, yellow, blue and green, no red! But the green looks pretty cool at night. I have to pull the radio to replace the one in there as well.
        Scott
        South Delta, BC, Canada
        1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
        Red Leather Interior!
        www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
        Thunderbird Registry #61266
        http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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        • #5
          Hey Nyles, thanks again, I pulled the thing apart and sure enough the insulator that holds the wire and spring in place had pulled off, a quick 5 minute job and it's fixed. I added the green LED in behind the shift indivator and now hte whole dash glows green, looks pretty cool, I'll post a pic, it's certainly not for the purists but.....
          Scott
          South Delta, BC, Canada
          1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
          Red Leather Interior!
          www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
          Thunderbird Registry #61266
          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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          • #6
            Glad to hear it all worked out for you. That's what this site is all about.
            Nyles

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            • #7
              Dash Lights

              Did you have to modify the wiring to use the LEDs or was it just replace the old bulbs? I'd like to have more light on my dash and dome. Thanks for your reply

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              • #8
                You can add as many LEDs as you want with no fear or concern about damage to your headlight switch or overloading the wires. LEDs need no modification except for turn signal (1157) bulbs, only because the flasher unit needs heavy current to work correctly. - Dave
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Richard Honeycutt View Post
                  Did you have to modify the wiring to use the LEDs or was it just replace the old bulbs? I'd like to have more light on my dash and dome. Thanks for your reply
                  Didn't do anything except change the bulbs, mind you I only did the dash lights, not the 1157 bulbs in the tail lights. I bought cheap replacements for those but they weren't even as bright as stock, you need to buy good super bright ones for the marker and tail lights.
                  Scott
                  South Delta, BC, Canada
                  1960 White T-Bird, PS, PB that's it
                  Red Leather Interior!
                  www.squarebirds.org/users/sidewalkman
                  Thunderbird Registry #61266
                  http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ibrary/trl.htm

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