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Post by bitterfitter on Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:59 pm

Now that my front suspension is finished up, I am trying to button up the dash. While pokeing around under the dash I ran into, what looked like a dangeling wire. Following it, I found it went to the back of the ash tray. When I looked at the front of the ash tray, I found that this thick wire just stuck through a hole into the ash tray area and stopped. I wondered if this had something to do with the missing ash tray light and then I realized; This is fiber optics. I put my LED flashlight up to the loose end and sure enough the end in the ash tray lit up! So all I need to know is where is the loose end supposed to go to feed light to the ash tray?

I am also finishing putting all LED bulbs in my dash. I have got to tell you this is so much better to see the gauges with in the dark!

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:10 pm

That loose end of the fiber optic should have a clip on it that holds it to a bulb socket. That bulb socket is inserted into the back of the instrument cluster...at the furthest opening on the right side. In my case, between the clock and Volt gauge.

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Post by bitterfitter on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:09 am

Thanks for the input. I will have to look behind the dash for where this is supposed to be connected to. Does this get its light from a dedicated bulb? or does this bulb also light up another area of the dash? (like the clock and volt gauge)

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:50 am

No dedicated bulb. Just utilizes an existing bulb/socket. However, what I didn't notice until now is that, upon closer inspection, the back end of the socket is molded slightly different in order to retain the fiber optic retaining clip.
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Post by bitterfitter on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:03 pm

I will look for that. It might make it easier to find.

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Post by bitterfitter on Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:19 pm

So I was out in the garage and decided to look into this.  The bulb socket behind my amp/clock was a normal one.  Figures it got rearranged or changed years ago.  I went to my bins of small parts, where I keep all these sockets.  After pulling them out and looking at them, I noticed a white one among all the black ones.  It was the one I needed.  It had the metal holder and the hole for the fiber optics.  I changed it out and now everything is good again.  Thanks for all the help!!

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Don't you wish everything went this easy?!!
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Post by bitterfitter on Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:22 pm

If everything went this easy; I would have finished this car years ago... Laughing 

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