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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 06, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

The lights in my dash are either too dull or not working (blown). How do you go about changing the small bulbs in the dash? Can you access them from the front by removing the screws on the front panel and removing it, or do you have to go under the dash? These are for the speedo and the gas gauge.
I know this is pretty basic but this 68 is totally new to me. I have had 3 69s.

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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

the best way is to go under the dash.(isnt easy)

otherwise i will also remove the steering column bolts under the dash.

put rags on top of the column to prevent scratches from the gauge cluster.then remove the cluster.dont forget the speedo cable...be careful not to pull to much on the wires....
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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

The bulb sockets pop of the back of the cluster after turning them 1/4 turn counterclockwise. You have to pull the cluster out or go under there and reach for em. It's not an easy reach.

The "illumination bulbs (4 of them) are in a straight horizontal line through the middle of the speedo and fuel guage. Stock bulbs are type 194, and are 4 watt bulbs. They make a 7 watt bulb, I don't know the # but a good parts counter guy can find them in the book. I use the 7's, they are much brighter and it hasn't hurt anything.

Here's a pic of the back of the dash:





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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

If the speedometer cable is hanging you up from pulling the instrument cluster you can disconnect it under the car to gain some slack. Some of these cars have a two piece speedometer cable which can be easily separated. Look for a connecter by the driver side frame rail.

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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

Thanks guys I will give the reach a try first then if all else fails I will pull it.
JimM: I take it that the four open holes in the upper half of the picture are where the bulbs go. Thanks for the pic, it is worth a thousand words. One more question. does the speedo cable clip into place or is it threaded on the back. My 69s had a clip. 7 watts it is.

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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

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JimM: I take it that the four open holes in the upper half of the picture are where the bulbs go
Those open holes aren't holes, they are black plastic sockets that "screw" into the cluster 1/4 turn.

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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

The top 4, pretty much in a line straight across.

The parts man will probably have to go in the back of the "old book" there will be a list of bulbs by type, they do make a 7 watt "bayonet" bulb but I can't recall the number.

The speedo cable on my 68 screws in.





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Re: Changing light bulbs in dash 68 Coupe

Now that I look closer at the picture I see they are actually sockets.
I will have to try the one local dealer who still has the old books.
Thanks again.

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