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Re: Early B Dim Dash Lamps

Subject: Re: Early B Dim Dash Lamps
From: (Paul D Kile)
Date: 26 Jun 97 13:59:00 PDT
I once found a small 12v halogen bulb with a bayonet base, and I also 
found a bayonet style socket that would fit the holes on the back of 
the early B tach and speedo.  These lit up the gauges like crazy, but 
I was afraid the heat would eventually get to the gauges.  Also, 
these bulbs were only available from a store that sold these 
high-tech gooseneck halogen lamps (called "littlelites").  Because 
these lamps were high-tech and futuristic, the replacement bulbs had 
a futuristic price also, about $9.00 per bulb.

A day or so ago I poked my head into the cockpit of a friend's 1977 
roadster as he was about to drive away at night.  I was amazed to see 
that the gauges were lit up almost like modern ones!  It's obvious 
Smiths did something to the late model gauges to increase their light
output.  I'm thinking of prowling the swapmeets for some late gauges, 
so I can find out the secret.  We may be able to retrofit the late 
housings with early guts and bezels, or incorporate the new 
developments into the early gauges.  Time for some research...

Cheers, PK

Paul D. Kile

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GenCorp Aerojet
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Sacramento, California 95813-6000

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