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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 03, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am planning on taking my dash apart this weekend to solve a problem with my lights. I have a 67 Convertible and I lost the light to the gauges, the turnsignal lights stay on when I signal and when I turn on the headlights, the gas gauge goes to empty. Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what to look for or is this simply a burnt out light bulb? I'm not great when it comes to electrical but I can use a meter to some extent. Any help would be appreciated!!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 03, 10:42 AM
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not sure if 67 is same as a 68, although i'm sure it is, but the center screw that holds the gauge cluster to the dash is also for grounding. if that screw is loose or missing, it acts like you describe. if its there and still tight, take the cluster out and clean up the ground, and the surface it contacts, make sure its a good contact. there is a piece of metal that comes from the printed circuit area (metal part) on the gauges, and bolts under the plastic face to the metal dash, with that screw. make sure its there and clean. if this just started, i bet its just a loose ore bad ground at this point. good luck

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 03, 04:13 PM
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It sounds kinda like a problem that I had a last year. A screw behind the dash had grounded one of the circuits and everything went haywire. Fuel gauge went empty, lights went out and the blinker lights (both of them) stayed lit. I duck taped the hole created by the screw and have'nt had a problen sence. good luck Rhat (1968)
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 03, 05:23 PM
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let us know how it turns out I have the exact same problem on my 67 I've been waitng for the weather to cool down to tackle it. [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 03, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'll let you know what I find - I'm guessing from the posts that I have to look for a loose screw or wire, need to check all of the grounds and also check all of the bulbs - appreciate all of the suggestions so far.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 03, 05:21 PM
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problem solved. The upper corner of the plastic dash was chipped and the screw was loose. I tightened it and voila! Hope it doesn;t re-occur. I love this site [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 03, 11:43 AM
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I have the same problem...thanks for clearing it up.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 03, 09:46 PM
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cool, i figured as much, mine did this when i first bought it too. just make sure the screws are tight and it shouldn't happen again, as long as there is a good corosion free conection. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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