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7/23/14 10:48am - Original Message: 'Dash lights'
swany 80vette
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Can some one tell me how to get at the light bulbs for the heater and air controls ?

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7/23/14 10:55am - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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swany 80vette said: Can some one tell me how to get at the light bulbs for the heater and air controls ?




You mean to replace the bulbs??  You have to get into the center console!!


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7/23/14 12:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Yep, what Dan said.  You'll have to remove one or maybe both(if you can't reach) side panels along the shifter console.  Those would be the ones covered in carpet.  There may be 1, 2 or 3 screws attaching them to brackets under the shifter console.  This will depend on who may have installed them previously.  One of the screws might not be accessible unless you remove the seat.  Soon you will learn that nothing in interior of these cars can be done without removing a seat or the dash... 

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7/23/14 12:57pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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swany 80vette said: Can some one tell me how to get at the light bulbs for the heater and air controls ?

Well technically the illumination for the slider controls for the heat, vent, A/C and blower fan switch come from one little "558" light bulb located above the center vents on the center gauge cluster console. The bulb has like a "lens" in the tip of it that focuses the light onto the heater/AC controls. It's fun trying to wiggle the cluster out to get to that bulb. It likes to catch the edge of the dash pad. Just don't stick a regular 194 build in there. You'll melt the housing the bulb sits in. I know NAPA sells the 558 bulb still.

So there is no bulbs down in the center lower console except for the automatics I believe to light up the shift indicator plate. Manual trans cars such as mine have nothing down there. 


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7/23/14 2:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Exactly correct Sarge. My 1980 only has a bulb for shifter lens under the console. Some also had a bulb for the ashtray. Every socket that I have seen for the bulb to shine down On A/C heater control are melted. I have original parts if you need to replace anything sockets,wires etc. be very careful not to crack the dash when removing the gauge gauge cluster.

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7/23/14 2:46pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Mine is a automatic,l so I will remove the console side panels. Thanks for the advice.
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7/23/14 3:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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swany 80vette said: Mine is a automatic,l so I will remove the console side panels. Thanks for the advice.


Why?  I thought you wanted to replace the HVAC illumination bulb.


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7/23/14 3:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Mine is an automatic also. I think we are trying to figure out exactly what is the bulb you are trying to replace. if it is the bulb that shines down from above on the heater a/c control panel. Then you don't need to remove the side panels from console. You need to remove the gauge cluster above the radio is where that bulb is located. If you are trying yo change the bulb the illuminates your shift indicator then you need to remove side panels. But I believe your original question was how to change the bulb for heater a/c control panel. That bulb does not shine from BELOW it shines from ABOVE.

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7/23/14 4:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Yeppers, I was thinking of the bulb for the shifter indicator sorry about that...I say screw the whole thing and get glow in the dark paint!

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7/23/14 9:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Sorry misunderstood
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7/24/14 10:44pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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The particular bulb Sarge refers to has a special tip that acts similar to a magnifying glass and pinpoints the light directly to the AC controls. I found all of my local parts stores did not carry the bulb with the special tip, so I had to order from Ecklers.(I believe)
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7/25/14 6:31am - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Sorry swany not trying to steal your post. I am trying to provide information. I wish I was born smart instead of handsome so I would know how to post pictures and links to the forum. LOL! The 558 bulb was actually made by GE from 1966-2000 specifically for Corvette. The original bulb that looks like a crystal ball on top has been discontinued. Eckler's site shows a picture of the original bulb but the bulb then send you is just a common 558 bulb. At least that is what the sent me and when I called them to question it they said it was a generic picture and not of the actual bulb they send you. I checked with other vendors and they also have just the common bulb. You know the old saying when you point your two thumbs at yourself and say " you know who has two thumbs and original 558 bulbs" THIS GUY" If Somebody can tell me how to post a picture of an original bulb I will if you want to see one. I clicked on the help tab on the site but that didn't help either. Again I was born handsome instead of smart. That generic silhouette for a profile picture has hair. Not me bald has a fart! So Swany I was trying to clarify earlier exactly which bulb it was you needed. I have an original bulb if you are into keeping your car original. Hopefully I made a few people laugh today!!!!

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7/25/14 7:41am - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Redwoman said:  I wish I was born smart instead of handsome so I would know how to post pictures and links to the forum. 

When you are replying to a post (or creating a new one), click the  button just above the message box and you can upload and insert a picture into your post.

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7/25/14 3:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Right from the big boss!! Thanks now I feel important to. Add it to the list : Handsome Smart now I know how to post picture Important. Can't wait to meet you guys in Carlisle.

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7/25/14 9:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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If you have the numbers of the original maybe at this site


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7/27/14 5:59pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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7/27/14 6:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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7/27/14 6:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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My first time posting pictures sorry if they are messed up.

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7/27/14 6:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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The 558 bulb from Eckler's has a dimple on top but it is not round on top and doesn't look like you are looking in to a crystal ball.

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7/27/14 9:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Dash lights'
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Ok guys thanks a million and by the way I think I got screwed out of looks and brains. Oh well I do have big feet
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