Replacing Dash Light Sockets

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Replacing Dash Light Sockets


Post by Ripley/Fla » Wed May 28, 2008 2:49 am

I have Fleabayed around and found some original dash parts. Before I ruin something, can you remove the dash light sockets by unscrewing what looks like a ring on the bottom? The ring has one notch or recess in it. Thanks for any info!

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Post by john HD » Wed May 28, 2008 5:08 am

i believe they are swaged in from the top.

you may be able to carefully bend in the flared section and push it through top to bottom.


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Post by Perry Ruiter » Wed May 28, 2008 8:37 am

These sockets are crimped together and pressed into the dash base. They don't unscrew and I think you'd be hard pressed to disassemble one, get it back together and end up with something you'd want to use.
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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed May 28, 2008 12:37 pm

Perry is correct, the socket itself was crimped to the base plate by the manufacturer. Do it yourself home repair is difficult and usually not very successful unless you can duplicate the original press and die.

The most common cause of failure on the old sockets is a combination of rusty spring and broken insulater disc. If the socket is still solid and firmly attached to the base you can usually get them working again by pulling all the guts out, cleaning up the bare socket, and then replacing the wire, the spring and the bakelite disc using the new components from the replacement socket. Depending on the application, some of the sockets are also insulted from the dash plate and have a separate ground wire. Use an ohm meter and make sure the insulated socket is still insulated and the grounded socket is still grounded. The notch you noted is an index for the bakelite disc.

If you don't feel comfortable attempting it yourself you won't find a better guy to repair it than Perry, he's one of the few craftsmen left in the business and his work is top notch.


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Post by VPH-D » Wed May 28, 2008 5:15 pm

I'll second that recommendation on Perry.

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