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Offline skwerlz

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70s Winnebago Dash Lights don't work
« on: June 18, 2022, 08:27 PM »
I have a 71 Chieftain and neither of the aviation style cluster/dash lights work.

Anyone have a suggestion for replacement bulbs or complete replacements?

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Re: 70s Winnebago Dash Lights don't work
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2022, 07:19 AM »
Dash bulbs really shouldn't be to difficult and is a pretty standard product.

Just take one out and make a run to a 'O Reily's or similar partstore. All learned about that by this guy Vice grip Garage He pulls all kind of junkyard cars from ditches, fields and whatever and gets them to run. I've seen almost all of it and therefore know that a LOT of parts are the same.

Just don't think to difficult. Your RV builder didn't either. In that time the carparts mostly came from the standard van or pickup. Just find the the same year pick up or van, go "Yep! That's the same dash"Look it up at Rock Auto and as everything has pictures you can compare it with the parts in your rig.

Now OK, Any chance those are the ones?  ;)
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/dodge,1971,b300,6.6l+400cid+v8,1496982,electrical-bulb+&+socket,instrument+panel+light+bulb,11730

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Re: 70s Winnebago Dash Lights don't work
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 11:11 AM »
Thanks for taking a shot at it, but no. There are a surface mounted old school aviation light made by grimes.

Grimes A-6795-C is the post and the bulb is a self contained directional like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/274676892810

I tried another search just now and these bulbs are a similar concept https://www.ebay.com/itm/284514328452 
They plugin to the mounted post, but the ones I have, the bulbs are male.  The example link shows those bulbs are female.

My hope is that someone knows of a modern replacement since these bulbs are becoming very scarce.

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Re: 70s Winnebago Dash Lights don't work
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 11:29 AM »
Yes, I should have looked better. I was talking standard dashlights but you mean the bulbs for the lightfixtures that lights the panel, right?

If you make some pictures of how the lights are build in the fixture and how they are powered, maybe I can give you some idea how to modernise them.

Complete pictures of the fixtures themselves can help too.

Edit:

I couldn't open the second link at first but later I could. Now I understand what you mean.

Maybe something like this is an idea,

https://www.mijn-artikel.nl/Webwinkel-Product-338925624/Universele-Pre-wired-12V-24V-36V-10mm-Waterdichte-LED-Dash-Panel-Waarschuwingslampje-Metaalen-Indicator-Lamp.html

You replace the complete fixtures then but you will have working dashlights. Your dashlightfixtures are just to old and the bulbs are discontinued. The only thing you can do then is visit pars sales for classic cars and hope somebody has some bulbs laying around that work. but then again, for how long.