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Old 05-07-2021, 02:44 PM   #1
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Dash lights 1985 345

Has anyone reglued the dash board lights to the back of the dashboard. It looks like these were originally install using 2 sided translucent tape. Looks like these were replied by the previous owner using hot glue and epoxy. Now I have several of them that have fallen off the back of the dashboard panel. I am afraid that it will be difficult to glue them onto the dry 2 sided tape, and that if try to remove the tape I will damage the plastic lenses. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2021, 05:40 PM   #2
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I am following this post my lights have come off also, my generator switch light tape pulled part of my black coating and GEN off the dash bezel when I tried to remove it. Good luck maybe someone will respond.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:31 PM   #3
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I have not tried it for this application, but the very best adhesive I know for harsh automotive interior AND exterior environments is 3M's Plastic and Emblem adhesive
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Old 05-07-2021, 11:58 PM   #4
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Charly, (Streamquest) is an expert in this application......you might want to reach out to him for guidance on this issue, he has much experience on the inner workings of the dashboard. Regards, Bob
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Old 05-08-2021, 05:07 AM   #5
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I'd try to improve on the mounting design.

The light housings that have separated from the lens look like gutted rocker switch housings. On a rocker switch application the housings mount on a panel by sliding them in through a rectangular hole just larger than the switch housing from the front of the panel. The rocker switch housing is held into the panel in the front by the small bezel cast around its perimeter and in the back by a cast in clip. I'd try to do something similar by mounting all the lights on a new panel. Then mounting that panel onto the back of the lens strips. That will sandwich the light bulb housing between panel in the back and the lens in the front.

First remove all the remaining lights from the lenses and clean off all the glue, getting the lens area as flat as possible. Then make and install a new mounting panel doing something like this:

1. Get a thin piece of plastic, sheet metal, aluminum, whatever you think you can cut rectangular holes into. Panel size should be large enough to hold all the light housings in correct position in relation to its lens face.
2. Cut a rectangular hole for each housing at its proper location in reference to its lens. Hole size is large enough to slide the housing in from the from but small enough so the housing bezel will stop it form sliding all the way though the hole.
3. Insert each light housing into the panel from the front and secure it on the back with a dab of hot glue or even a zip tie around the housing body. This just keeps all the housings in place while you work with the panel.
4. Remove the nuts and washers from the two studs on a back of the gauge housing slide the new panel onto the studs via properly located holes drilled in the panel. This will sandwich the front of the light housing between the lens on the gauge cluster and the panel. Replace the nuts and washers to secure the panel to the gauge cluster.
5. Secure the sides of the panel to the gauge cluster with a good tape or heavy duty self-sticking Velcro.

A lot of work but if it works you won't have to worry about the lights separating form the lens again.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:57 PM   #6
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. It looks like these were originally install using 2 sided translucent tape.
Ahhhh good ol airstream quality never ceases to amaze

I don't have anything clever for salvaging the old one, that'll be an art, but I would say that with the recent plummeting of CNC and laser cutter costs, it's probably easier than ever to get the dash and warning lights remade/redesigned
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