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Old 8/11/12, 03:40 AM
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I'm not sure you have ever worked too hard on anything.
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not a thing, no
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OK I did this mod on my 94 now I will be doing my cobra. I just ordered these


I will get them installed as soon as the bulbs come in, and pix will be posted
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was it ever decided which bulbs were needed to go into the new edge cars for gauges and HVAC?
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The HVAC are the bulbs listed in the article, and I could have sworn I edited the OP with the correct bulb size for the 99-04 Gauges too. I will check..

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I posted the correct bulb size (74) in the article.

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cool. That's one of my next projects.
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Originally Posted by StangMahn View Post
cool. That's one of my next projects.
Check and make sure your gauges have the blue film and not green one. I think 01-04, some had the blue, but most had the green film. Wouldn't want you to buy the LEDs and install them just to find out you don't have the blue film gauges
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any ideas on how to check that without taking it apart?
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I'm officially pissed. Mine has the green film.

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I'm officially pissed. Mine has the green film.
That sucks man
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I'll just get these. Had some like them on my 94 for a long time before the transformer for the lighting in them went out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-MUSTANG...741cf6&vxp=mtr
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****, that sucks. That's the one hesitation I have with doing this project, seems like a hit or miss which led's to buy.
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From what I've read today 94-00 had the blue film, and all 01-04 had the green film. I may take some 1000 grit sand paper and sand off the green, then color back over it with transparent blue paint.
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can we get some pics of this when you're working on it?
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Originally Posted by bluethunderhorse View Post
From what I've read today 94-00 had the blue film, and all 01-04 had the green film.
Edit: If I remember correctly, a few 01-04 came with the blue film ( rare), somebody with a 03 GT was lucky and was able to just do the swap with no problems ( he posted on a thread with a similar write-up on another forum).
There are videos on YouTube that show what you can do if you want to change the color of the gauges. I'll look for the video an post a link when I find it.
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that looks like an enormous pain in the ***!
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Ok I didn't take many pictures while doing this, as I was being hounded by my kids the entire time
First and most important drive the car to get the temp to normal, and take pictures of your gauge face while the car is running. After you remove the gauge cluster, take out the T10 torx screws holding the clear lens out, and set the lens aside. Using a kitchen fork remove the needles. Then using something small and flat (I used a 1/2" putty knife), slide it under the gauge face, and work your way around to lift off the face. Now get some 200 grit sand paper, and gently sand off the green film from the back side of the gauge face. Be careful not to get the red parts.

Should look something like this


Tape off the warning lights and the red areas of the gauge face, then spray some duplicolor adhesion promoter followed by blue Duplicolor Metal Cast over the entire backside. The metal cast is a transparent paint.



Let that dry then spray plain white over just the areas you want to be blue



After that drys remove the tape,and lay the face back onto the cluster, and turn on your lights



Drive the car again to get it back up to temp, refer to your pictures you took earlier and reinstall the needles while the car is running (don't push them all the way down, or they will not move). Now you can put the lens back on, bolt the cluster into place and install your trim. Enjoy

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Ok I didn't take many pictures while doing this, as I was being hounded by my kids the entire time
First and most important drive the car to get the temp to normal, and take pictures of your gauge face while the car is running. After you remove the gauge cluster, take out the T10 torx screws holding the clear lens out, and set the lens aside. Using a kitchen fork remove the needles. Then using something small and flat (I used a 1/2" putty knife), slide it under the gauge face, and work your way around to lift off the face. Now get some 200 grit sand paper, and gently sand off the green film from the back side of the gauge face. Be careful not to get the red parts.

Should look something like this

Tape off the warning lights and the red areas of the gauge face, then spray some duplicolor adhesion promoter followed by blue Duplicolor Metal Cast over the entire backside. The metal cast is a transparent paint.

Let that dry then spray plain white over just the areas you want to be blue

After that drys remove the tape,and lay the face back onto the cluster, and turn on your lights

Drive the car again to get it back up to temp, refer to your pictures you took earlier and reinstall the needles while the car is running (don't push them all the way down, or they will not move). Now you can put the lens back on, bolt the cluster into place and install your trim. Enjoy
which LEDs did you get?
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that looks great. its killing me, do I put up with the pain and do it, or not? haha
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