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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 14, 1:07 PM Thread Starter
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Clock in console won't light up

Hi, on the 67 Chevelle I bought recently the clock in the console doesn't light up when you pull on the lights at night. I tried the replace the bulb but the old burned out bulb was melted into the light socket. I removed it and cleaned it up but I can't get a new bulb to light up.
In order to fix this do I need to order a new wiring harness for inside the console so I have a new bulb socket to plug the new bulb into?

I was also thinking about possibly ordering a new quartz clock for the console. If I do that, I'm assuming it comes ready to just plug into the existing wiring harness right? That should already have the new bulb and everything inside of it so maybe that's the best/easiest way to go and just plug it in. Any thoughts, advice or help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 14, 9:30 PM
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Re: Clock in console won't light up

The bulb pigtails are separate from the clock mechanism. Buying a new clock would not ensure you get a new lamp pigtail/holder. You might be able to find a pigtail in the aftermarket at a parts store if yours is damaged. Did you take a test light to verify the gray wire has 12 volts with the headlights on?

The bulb holder gets its ground from the clock body which ultimately gets a ground from the car body thru it's mounting.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 14, 9:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Clock in console won't light up

Thanks Joe, I'll be getting the car out of a storage facility this coming Sunday so I'll have to get a test light to see if there's juice getting through the wire with the lights on. I'll let you know what I find out. Thanks, Rory
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