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Offline LilSki

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Re: My 88 T/A
« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2012, 02:46:29 PM »
Fall does seem to have snuck up on us this year. I haven't had much time to work on my 85 as I have been working on getting my 79 going again before winter hits. But I still drive it nearly everyday and I have already put 6000 miles on it this summer. They really are a great car to drive. the other day we went to visit some family and we decided to take the 85. Once you get that thing up to 65 and get it in 6th gear with the cruise control it pretty much drives itself. We took the tops off on the way home and I'm pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole time.

I wish my 85 look half as good as your 88 but I hope to get some fresh paint on it before next spring. Glad you got it on the road and was able to enjoy it a bit this year!
79 Trans Am: (77 nose), WS6, M-21, 461, Hotchkis TVS, PTFB Contol arms. 
85 Trans Am: Vortec 350 w/LT1 cam/T56, TPI conversion w/Megasquirt II.

Offline Nexus

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Re: My 88 T/A
« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2012, 05:50:53 PM »
I decided that I wanted to make some changes to the lighting in my car. The stock lighting was dim at best and some of it looked orange, some of it looks  white all of it looks bad...imo
So I started with the gear selector setup...mine didn't work at it turned out it was just a bad bulb.
First thing I did was remove the center console plate and remove the white housing
then I seperated the lens from the housing using an exacto knife, cleaned everything up and was ready to start modifying.
First thing I did was line the inside of the housing with reflective tape...don't know if it's necessary but it seemed like a good idea

I cut the light bulb socket out of the car and removed the brass connections from the body of the socket. This left me just the plastic housing
I then got one Blue LED from the package I found at Wall Mart...yes I said Wall Mart...I was just as shocked when I found them there
I pulled the wires through the housing and then with some automotive Goop I glued them in place

Next I took a piece of aluminum foil tape and wraped the end and under side of the bulb so that it reflects straight up...I put the socket in place first to determine what side was up inside the housing.

next thing I did was to trace the lens on a piece of paper using my exacto knife so that I would get that white frosty background look

I used small dabs of the auto Goop to glue the lens back in place and this is what the final look ended up being

this can obviously be done with any colour you's simple and just have to be careful removeing the lens. I suggest having a backup one just incase.
1979 - Esprit (21 years and counting)