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Refinished instrument cluster

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Hey ratsun folks, I just thought I would throw this out there for you to look at maybe come up with some ideas or whatever. Only 1 or 2 of my gauge bulbs were working in my 521 so I pulled the gauges out to see if it was maybe something else and ordered new led bulbs. All of the pins for the wiring plug were a little loose so I fixed those with some solder. The chrome bezel was rusted and pitted so I sanded primed and painted it blue. The needles for the gauges were faded, used my wife's bright red nail polish and put 3 coats on the needles. Since it was all taken apart I decided I might as well paint the grey as it also was a little faded. The bulbs came in so I popped out the little green dome light covers and installed the lights. Also the blinker indicators were originally a thick material I took that out and glue in some thin blue plastic. I'm thinking my voltage regulator is no good? Neither the temp or fuel gauges are working at the moment

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Might b able to.solder reg connections. It can be replaced with modern type reg. Saw write up on here or somewhere

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Thanks fellas! I got the fuel and temp gauge to work, it was the voltage regulator... Every connection on the back of those gauges seems to be reaaaaly loose even after solder. I'm almost tempted to use a bunch of jumper wires for a more solid connection.

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I have never had a gauge cluster with loose pins for the plug, someone must have really put sideways pressure on that plug to remove it to cause that kind of damage, if you continue to have issues, buy another gauge cluster that is good from someone.

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nice work on the cluster!

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Eh, just tape over it with duct tape like a p\o did on mine. No one will know.

 

I've only seen loose connections like that in rigs that spent a lotta time in the Forest Service. The vibration from driving fast on rough roads could do that. That's the fun part of having an old rig.

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