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post #46 of 330 Old 01-09-2011, 05:58 PM
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Looks great Keith!

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Quick question: My cables broken on that third knob down. Is that easy to replace or does it run behind the heater box?

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Whoops, make that the second from the top, sorry

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Had worked on the OEM dash lamps a while back by taking them apart and replacing a bulb in one of them that went out. Bought a replacement bulb from Radio Shack that was the same wattage as the OEM one so there is no difference in the lighting.

My Wiper/Washer lamp seems to be the only one that is wounded some. Housing is broken on the edge and a tab broke off while bending back to take apart. Still works though, and I'll see if I can get another used one later on.

I refuse to buy those aftermarket lamps, the ones Crown Auto makes, because of all the complaints about night lighting behind the dash at night and the wrong color output. Used is they way to go IMHO.

Cleaned up the fan switch and installed that along with a new pull/cable knobs.
Keith,

I agree that the OEM lamps are best, but I was pleasantly surprised with the Omix brand dash indicator lamps. The plastic case they are made with is actually an opaque, grey color as opposed to the Crown brand being translucent white. Thus, there was no "back-lighting" effect behind the dash. The color of the lettering upon illumination was also very close to what a "brand new" OEM indicator would be, a nice greenish-blue. Here's a little better picture of the Omix lamp in contrast to the Crown so folks can see what I'm talking about.

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[QUOTE=Pog;10762459]Keith,

I agree that the OEM lamps are best, but I was pleasantly surprised with the Omix brand dash indicator lamps. The plastic case they are made with is actually an opaque, grey color as opposed to the Crown brand being translucent white. Thus, there was no "back-lighting" effect behind the dash. The color of the lettering upon illumination was also very close to what a "brand new" OEM indicator would be, a nice greenish-blue. Here's a little better picture of the Omix lamp in contrast to the Crown so folks can see what I'm talking about.

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Thanks for the heads up, guess I'll paint the housing prior to installation

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post #49 of 330 Old 01-10-2011, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Whoops, make that the second from the top, sorry

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They are all connected in front of the Heater Box and Fresh Air Duct. The Fresh Air Duct might be a little harder to reach up into but you still can get to it.


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Keith,

I agree that the OEM lamps are best, but I was pleasantly surprised with the Omix brand dash indicator lamps. The plastic case they are made with is actually an opaque, grey color as opposed to the Crown brand being translucent white. Thus, there was no "back-lighting" effect behind the dash. The color of the lettering upon illumination was also very close to what a "brand new" OEM indicator would be, a nice greenish-blue.
I believe Crown Auto must have corrected the problem then because Omix is a middle man that acquires Crown Automotive made parts.

I payed a visit to Crown, who are out of Canton, MA., about a year and a half ago and we discussed that very same problem with the dash lights they were making at the time bleeding "back-lighting". They were aware of it, and were working with their Chinese manufacture in resolving the issue. They read forum pages like this and that is how they found out about the problem. I also talked to them about the cheap pull knobs on the cable for vents and temperature controls that had issues of pulling off on the first try. It was kinda funny, they brought out a box for testing out of stock when I was there and sure enough, one of the knobs pulled right off the brand new cable. A little bit of yelling to the back and a few of the Design Engineers came up front to the counter and took a closer look. They gave me a free box of the cable pulls for bringing it up to their attention and just goes to show that some manufactures do care about what they sell. I mean the owner, who I have forgotten his name, was really embarrassed by the whole ordeal.


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Keith, I like the thumb nut idea but was wondering if they would come loss from vibration. This is a project I will be doing in the spring and I know I will have issues with the studs holding the speedo. The PO broke one off already and I'm guessing he may have used the wrong threaded nuts or cross threaded them. Do you know the correct way to replace the studs? As said earlier thanks for taking the time to document this.
Unfortunately those studs are spot welded into place with a special welding gun that accepts the studs and puts them in place. You could TIG weld them on but that would burn the paint on the face side and make it look like it had a pimple growing or something.

I been using the very same thumb nuts for almost twenty years now and never had them loosen up or come off.

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Just wanted to subscribe. Lovin this. Jealous about the tach and clock too!
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Nice work. I did mine in mahogany veneer. It turned out pretty damn cool. I love the look of yours.


I want to go back to the original pulls. 10 coats of spar varnish made it pretty tough to get those cables back in, and 2 of them broke.
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Nice work. I did mine in mahogany veneer. It turned out pretty damn cool. I love the look of yours.
Now that is waaaaay cool!

Slap on some woody side panels on the Jeep sides and take a trip back into the 50's. I really like that and I know that had to be time consuming to build.

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Not sure how I missed this over that last couple days but I like the dash. I really like the screen over the speaker opening idea. Mine will get them if I ever need to pull the speakers again.

Oh and my crown dash indicators light up my floor board better than a flash light.

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Debated whether to install the black plastic gauge overlay only because I always liked the look of the dash without it. But, since my Jeep CJ came with it from the factory due to the Renegade package, I decided to put one back on just to have the correct OEM dash look.

Just found one of these in my parts box and it has a radio opening cover with it.


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I need all of these indicators so I will buy a new set; about ten minutes and a can of flat black spray paint will solve the light leakage issue.


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I ran into the same issue with the Crown lights. One of there employees is a regular on here and asked for pictures and a description of the problem. Never heard back on a solution, but would really love them to replace my floor board lighting with an updated set. Definately want to hit them with some paint if you get those ones.


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Hello Keith !

Very very very nice job... Keep going to make us dreaming...


I will do exactly same for my restoration:

I'll re-use OEM knob and lights indicators.. except... the plastic board overlay... I will use leather (made by a friend):



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And the LAREDO logo (believe me, it took LOT of time to do it!!):



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^^^ Excellent idea!

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Great job! You can't go wrong with the classic look, that is one of the reasons that I wanted a CJ over other types of Jeeps
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