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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 12, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Strange Lightbulb Hanging Below the Dash

So... Newb here again with my next question. When I start up my 68, there is a bulb "hanging" below the drivers side dash. It comes on when I turn the key and goes off when the car starts I'm "assuming" it was originally a sort of courtesy light but do not see any possible receptable to hold the light? Have a 68 SS impersonator that was born a Malibu Sport Coupe. Was there a courtesy light mounted anywhere on the drivers side dash on these things? It's the time for me to figure it out as I've taken out all the seats and carpets in antipation of the new carpet on it's way in the mail. I have room to dig around under the dash.. Thanks. RJ
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Re: Strange Lightbulb Hanging Below the Dash

generator light is my guess.
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What colors are the wires. Generator light is brown and pink wires. Oil pressure light is
dark blue and pink wires. Temperature light is dark green and pink wires.
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It is one of Erich's suggestions... Generator, Oil or Temp.

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Its the rare option joint rolling light

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They removed that light in Colorado and Washington and said to use the overhead dome. Said no one will care.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 12, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Strange Lightbulb Hanging Below the Dash

Will check the wire colors tonight.. Thanks for the input folks. I know the dash was changed when the previous owner put in a floor shifter; this may have something to do with the "extra" light hanging down.. Not sure. It appears the existing gauges light up fine including the roller tach but I haven't dug up under neath the dash too far.
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Nope, there's no courtesy light that goes off when the motor is started.
If the car has the optional tach/gauge package, there's a possibility that the person who installed it didn't know how to wire the ammeter correctly so that the alternator would still charge. Probably left the GEN light hooked up so that it would charge. There won't be a place in the dash to plug in the bulb. Just a WAG.
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Its the rare option joint rolling light
A true afficianodo rolls via the "brail" method.
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Thinking about it again-if the light stays on until the motor starts, it's the OIL or GEN light. The TEMP light will flash on when the key is first turned on, then immediately go off.
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Thanks again folks. I wont' be able to check it out again for a few months. Pulled the seats and carpet out to see what was going on beneath.. Suspicions were correct.. Pretty significant rust on three of four floorpan areas, particularly bad on drivers side. Oh well, off to the body shop. Was waiting till spring for the body work but no sense in holding off. Big Red is at a pretty good local classic car joint.. She'll get the needed body work done and new colors by the time driving season rolls around again.
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