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keeffer
08-17-2006, 12:38 PM
im trying too get the dash lights too work left side is good but the right side lites but does not shine thru ????????

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

rockne10
08-17-2006, 10:55 PM
What year and model?

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

keeffer
08-17-2006, 11:17 PM
1951 champion

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

rockne10
08-18-2006, 08:05 AM
Those lights have a dark filter on them so the numerals glow, rather than illuminating the whole gage. I suspect, in addition to the filter being dirty, the paint on the numerals has deteriorated and is no longer reflecting the light it receives.

There was an earlier topic about the type of paint used on the gages but I don't recall.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

keeffer
08-18-2006, 12:56 PM
tryed to clean inside the hole than blew it out but no help

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

starlightchamp
08-18-2006, 05:27 PM
The 50 and 51 dash lights used a bulb witha blue cover in the socket to irradiate the luminecent nunmerals. Unfortunatley, the numbers were never bright even when new,but as the numerals paint aged and the blue lens clouds, they hardly work at all. I had this problem on my 50 Champ. The numerals were restored (painted) by a previous owner-don't know who sells the luminous paint now. Then I replaced the bulbs with six volt Krypton flashlight bulbs. Now they really GLOW !!! The bulbs do get hot but haven't melted anything yet-two years of use.
I did have to silver solder a boss on the bulb bases to lock into the receptable.
To test-when dark, shine a high intensity light on the numerals for a few second, turn off the light and the numerals should glow if any life left in the luminous paint.

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara
CA

Roscomacaw
08-18-2006, 05:42 PM
Keith, like's been said here - if those little blue filters are gone or dirty, your gages won't show up hardly at all.

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

keeffer
08-18-2006, 06:36 PM
ok I'll try that tonite

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

keeffer
08-18-2006, 08:06 PM
ok tryed it gauges glow i can the light at the bottom of the gauge panel but not the gauges

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

Guido
08-18-2006, 09:31 PM
Gary Ash may be able to provide some insight as he faced the same problem on his M-5 pickup. I think that he ended up redoing the numerals for all the gauges. Board to Gary, do you read us? :D

Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond & Louisa, Va.

wayne
08-18-2006, 09:49 PM
We found the paint at a hobby shop but don't remember the brand name. It is a eluminous paint.

Roscomacaw
08-19-2006, 02:17 PM
Lets hope Gary can - shed some light on the problem [}:)]:D

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

keeffer
08-22-2006, 08:50 PM
is their a way to turn the blue covers

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

rockne10
08-23-2006, 12:07 AM
I have wondered, and maybe someone here can advise, if you can remove the filters, install shields so the bulbs don't illuminate your feet and wire in a rheostat like the later cars.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser