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Author Topic: 1966 Charger - console and/or radio is electroluminescent?  (Read 752 times)
Marquisdupre
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« on: April 12, 2013, 11:13:02 AM »

I've got a 66 Charger, and I am familiar with the gauges being electroluminescent - but was the original radio (missing from my car) and the console PRND window (not working on my car) both EL lighting? I had seen somewhere talk about the optional clock being EL but was unsure of all the EL in this year of Charger. My intuition says that they used it for all (gauges, console, radio) but wanted to see if someone can tell me.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 11:48:54 AM »

Yes, on the 66 the clock, radio, and shift plate on the console were all EL lighted.

In 67, the console shift plate and clock got changed to 12v bulb style lighting, dash & AM radio remained EL light

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 10:55:09 AM »

thanks!

So my 66 console plate is not lighting up. I just had the gauges restored and hoped that there was some connection between the EL pack and wiring and that the console would light up, but it didn't. Loose wire maybe? Was there a second power pack/limiter/thingie for the console? How would I go about troubleshooting why it's not lighting up. The gauges look nice and purdy now that they light up at full strength!
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 05:12:02 PM »

look for the white wire inside the console to make sure its connected, could be a bad ground to the plate or a break in the EL coating on the plate itself also.
and the A/C buttons on 66 were EL also................ you got A/C?
who did your gauges??  the gauge doc can fix that also, he's on here sometimes
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 12:05:05 PM »

gauge doc fixed mine. speedo was tripping out big time after gauges were installed after restoration... unhooked cable and am just driving around for a few days before the garage fixes - hoping nothing serious as I paid gauge doctor and garage a small fortune to redo the gauges...

No A/C in my car. No original radio either.
Any guides and instructions on how to take apart the console for me to see what's going on in there if it's just unhooked or not grounded well, or the actual EL that's damaged? Saw someone on here has used modern EL for the console plate, which could be a good option if the original EL is bad.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2013, 12:08:04 PM »

you have to remove the console arm rest to get the front top plate off.

A service manual would be your best friend here if you are taking this car apart without knowing how to do it. I have service manuals here on CD if interested

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013, 12:12:27 PM »

I would totally be interested in a service manual CD - how much?
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2013, 12:19:47 PM »

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