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rusty nut garage
03-16-2007, 09:11 AM
Anyone have the correct # for the instrument background lighting for 49 stude, The bulbs in the car seem awfully dim and I forgot to look in the book last night, Now at work and would like to find the bulbs today.

Russ Shop Foreman "Rusty Nut Garage"
57 SH (project)
60 Lark VIII 2dr sd (driver)

03-16-2007, 05:40 PM
I think those could be #51s or ##55s. 51s I believe are smaller.

'55 Commander
'55 President

03-16-2007, 08:44 PM
Instrument bulbs are # 55. I spent many hours trying to get more illumination from the instruments in my 1950 Starlight. When new, the luminous painted numerals were excited by the bulbs shining through a green (blue?) filter but the paint aged and the brightness fades to near nothing. What worked for me was to install 6 volt Krptyon flashlight bulbs---but--you have to modify them by soldering a small "boss" to their base to fit the twist type sockets. They have ample light output to rejuvenate the numerals. May be a heat problem but I haven't experienced that after two years. New #55's are a waste of money IMHO.

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara