LED Changeover - 1970 to 1972 Skylark & GS

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by knucklebusted, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. stemos

    stemos Member

    Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out.
     
  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    You can reach them through the radio opening.
     
  3. gsgns4me

    gsgns4me Well-Known Member

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that some of the replacement wood grain decals would do this and it was recommended that you applied them over the old wood grain decals to help alleviate the problem somewhat.

    Still not much help, since you didn't have any to start with.
     
  4. stemos

    stemos Member

    Thanks all. I've seen some of the woodgrain decals advertised as,
    "DASHBOARD DASH WOODGRAIN INSERTS NEW BACK LIT TRANSLUCENT".
    I may have purchased an inferior part, perhaps there is a better quality part for me that would correct this.
     

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  5. stemos

    stemos Member

    Also, while I have someone's attention, could someone please instruct me how to PM someone and receive private messages on this site? Is there a notification that shows when someone posts? Sorry, I'm a newbie.
     
  6. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    Yeah, that's not right. I am sure there are better ones out there, but I believe none of them are as good as the original. There are several threads on this if you do a search. Here is one, read through it.

    http://v8buick.com/index.php?threads/dash-woodgrain.349234/

    Easy, click on the screen name of the person (under their avatar), and then click on "start a conversation". Then fill out the subject and type your message, then click at the bottom, "start a conversation". When you get a reply, it will pop up as an alert under "inbox" at the top of the V8 board page under the V8 banner.
     
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  7. stemos

    stemos Member

    Thank you!
     
  8. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I've found two different non-polarity specific bulbs. I tested them with a couple of jumpers and they light up in either polarity, center ground or center hot.

    I'm going to try in the tach, glove box, ashtray and heater controls on my car. I'll report back the results once I've had a chance to see how they look. I don't think they will be dimmable. They do appear to be narrow enough to fit in the ashtray fixture which is very snug.

    The ones I originally thought I'd use for the glove box: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077TKVY26/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The ones for the tach, ashtray and heater controls: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WF5RCKR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  9. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

  10. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

  11. Rich Skylark

    Rich Skylark Gold Level Contributor

    Checked through this thread and lots of great info. I was looking for a flasher that’s compatible with my led upgrades . The link you posted for a grounded flasher from Amazon is unavailable. Maybe someone has had success with another ? I’m also looking for LED bulbs for my rear armrests in my 68 convertible .
     
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  12. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

  13. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    What bulb # is that?
     
  14. stemos

    stemos Member

    OK guys, so this is what I ended up with and overall I am pretty pleased with it. Some of the lamps are ones that were listed on this forum, others I chose based on researching this and other sites. One thing that disappoints me is the difference between the illumination of the clock and the other instruments. I'm not sure why the same lamp is not used in the clock or why the difference in the way it reflects onto the clock face, but although it does not look much different on these pictures, the clock is not as bright as the other gauges. Sorry, the pictures are a little blurry. Here are the lamps I used for the speedometer, hood tach, and gas gauge:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BT23WVC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    These are the lamps I used for the clock, heater controls, and my add-on gauges below the dash:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WF5RCKR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I also replaced the woodgrain dash trim for the heater controls so the light would shine through and I could read the display. The applique that I had before simply had the words printed on the face of the woodgrain, and it was not legible. This one is from Parts Place, advertised as the correct backlit trim. Whether or not it is the best one or not, I don't know, but its much better than the former. Here is the way I installed the dash lamps, not too painful, but a little work nonetheless. I removed the glovebox door and glovebox liner, this allowed access to the 2-3/8" nuts on the backside of the dashpad. Remove 2 philips screws from above the gauge clusters and carefully remove the dashpad. I dropped the steering column down onto the seat and removed all the screws to pull the dash forward. you will need to disconnect your transmission indicator lever and as you move the dash forward, most likely your speedometer cable. Some have indicated that you might be able to squeeze your hand up from underneath, I did not try that, there just seemed to be way too much stuff behind there. The gauge cluster lamps simply twist out from behind. I left the stock lamps in for the GEN, OIL, HOT, BRAKE, as I have other gauges for this. I changed out all the illuminating lamps, the high beam, and the turn signal indicators. If you are not sure which are which, shine a small flashlight through the hole you took the lamp out of. It took about 11-#194 lamps (including hood tach) and 7-#168 lamps for me to do it this way. They do not dim, I do not care about that.
     

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  15. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    I think it is a mistake to replace the indicator bulbs. The LED bulbs are so bright that they will bleach out the indicators. I left mine incandescent and they look great with the LED back lighting.
     
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  16. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    If you look at the first one I link, it is a different model than the others. They claim to be 350lm vs 220lm for the ones you have. I bought them to be able to test which is better/brighter but I haven't tested them yet. They are supposed to be very bright. I may try it this weekend since my deck is about done.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077TKVY26/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  17. Rich Skylark

    Rich Skylark Gold Level Contributor

    That would be #90 bulb
     
  18. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

  19. Rich Skylark

    Rich Skylark Gold Level Contributor

  20. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    I'm not. I have not converted my exterior bulbs to LED.
     

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