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HDMick
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Instrument Light Question

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Hi,

I am having issues with my speedo and clock instrument lights and hope someone can give me some advice on how to correct the problem.

I recently bought my 1962 T-Bird and none of gauge lights worked. Thanks to a previous post on this site I was able to determined the in-line fuse had blown and I replaced it.

Now the fuel/temperature gauge is illuminated but not the speedo and clock. I checked the bulbs in those two gauges and replaced them but they still don’t work.

If anyone has any suggestions I would very much appreciate your input, Thanks.
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Alan H. Tast
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My advice? I hate to sound curt, but Bite the bullet and get a copy of the factory shop manual and electrical assembly manual, then study the schematics before proceeding further. Chances are you haven't grounded out the socket properly or there may be a broken wire somewhere in the circuit that you'll need to trace down.
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HDMick wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:42 pm Hi,

I am having issues with my speedo and clock instrument lights and hope someone can give me some advice on how to correct the problem.

I recently bought my 1962 T-Bird and none of gauge lights worked. Thanks to a previous post on this site I was able to determined the in-line fuse had blown and I replaced it.

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HDMick, that's the first I've seen / heard of an in-line fuse - can you please tell me, where is it PHYSICALLY located? (I'm sure it's on the wiring schematic, but that won't help me lol!)
Steve G.
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I bought a laminated, color wiring schematic for my car. It's so easy to use and follow!
I highly recommend one even after you get a manual.
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Gagarin
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Alan H. Tast wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:06 pm My advice? I hate to sound curt, but Bite the bullet and get a copy of the factory shop manual and electrical assembly manual, then study the schematics before proceeding further. Chances are you haven't grounded out the socket properly or there may be a broken wire somewhere in the circuit that you'll need to trace down.
I agree with Mr. Tast, I pulled my dash a few months ago and in re-assembly I am trying to hunt down a few electrical gremlins as well. I bought both the electrical and body assy manual as well as the shop manual and have them all laid out on my boot for reference and I use them interchangeably.

The laminated and color coded schematic sounds like a great idea but I think that I personally am "Hopefully" past the need. Invest a few $$ to save a lot of time and in my case, frustration.
Good Luck
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