dash lighting problem

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dash lighting problem

Postby kevincourt » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:59 pm

I have 1978 ford crew cab and am having trouble with wireing in the dash, and was wondering if there was a replacement dash and gauge cluster out there?

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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby OrthmannJ » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:07 pm

Welcome to the site Kevin.

There are alot of options out there when looking for a replacement dash. LMC truck should have what you're looking for, but I'm willing to bet any aftermarket vendor like that is going to be spendy. You may be able to find a nice used dash on line or in a wrecking yard. I know I may be stating the obvious here, but those are the places I would start.

You could always go with a digital gaude cluster like infoford. They're purty trick, but also on the spendy side.

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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby reganswan » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:42 am

We have tons of them, which one are you looking for? The black or the silver one? Idiot light or gauge? We can keep you working for a long time before you have to spend 600+ on aftermarkets.

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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby crewcabz » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:22 am

reganswan wrote: We can keep you working for a long time before you have to spend 600+ on aftermarkets.



That's the spirit! I'm not sure what part of the country you're in...here in the Pacific North West there are 15 or more old dent sides in every wrecking yard (standard cab stuff). Seems like alot, but the parts go QUICK! I've had my best interior/dash finds in the vans. They used the same dash configuration (not sure what years...but it seems to be much more recent!) so the whole gauge set up, wiring, etc. will drop right in in most cases!
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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby Rick78efi460 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:29 am

I'm not sure how much newer you can go , but the 1988 E series is still the same cluster as the 73. I have several here but probably no good to you as they are metric ones.
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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby kevincourt » Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:06 pm

Thanks to everyone for the advice I have the black faces silver on the sides with gauges not idiot lights

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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby crewcabz » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:43 pm

kevincourt wrote: I have the black faces silver on the sides with gauges not idiot lights


I have found that these usually fail due to the plastic housing breaking down, leading to poor contact (if any at all) between the light contacts and the plastic "circuit board". If your light for the heater controls and the one that illuminates your head light switch area are working properly, just the ones in the cluster are bad, this is usually a pretty good indicator that this is what's happening. I know there are several places (LMC, National Parts Depot, Dennis Carpenter, etc. etc.) that sell the plastic "housing" piece that the circuit board piece mounts on. The last two I have replaced have been from a newer van at the wrecking yard...they've been in great condition and are a direct replacement (and possibly 15 years newer than what you have ;) ), and are a FORD part!

Basically, find one at wrecking yard to take apart...get all the good stuff you can from it...then take yours apart and install the "newer" stuff.
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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby InfoFord » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:58 am

from 1976-1991 on the ford vans for instrument clusters

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Re: dash lighting problem

Postby reganswan » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:45 am

15 bucks I can ship ya one out....is your plastic cover in good shape? or do you need one of those too?

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