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I am putting a factory console in my 69 Malibu. Does anybody know what size bulb goes into the shift indicator light socket? Is it the same as a dash bulb?

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My Year One catalogue shows two different bulbs as "Transmission Indicator bulbs". I assume one is for column shift and the other for console. Part #57 is the same as the instrument lights. Part #1445 is the other one listed and it is not the same as any other bulbs listed for a 69. My bet is that the console bulb is the #1445. I'm not sure if these numbers are universal or unique to Year One. Their phone number is 1-800-932-7663. Price is $1.95 either way.

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I just replaced the console bulbs in my '69 ss. They were #57. Also changed the bulbs in the telltale (idiot lights), of the instrument panel, they were #1895. The service manual confirmed these to be corrrect.
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Thanks guys. I think I'll buy a couple of 57s and a couple of 1895s just to save a trip back to the parts store.
 

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Well, guys, I had to chime in (I've got access to some light bulb databases
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I would personally go with type #57.

#57 : 14 volts, .24 amp 3.3 watts 500 hr.life

#1895:14 volts, .27 amp 3.7 watts 2000 hr life

Although the type 57 has a shorter life, it burns cooler saving wear and tear on the console plastic piece parts.

#1445 was never used in a console, only in the heater/ac control panel. It is teeny lamp, not very bright, here are the specs:

14 volts, .135 amp 1.94 watts 2000 hr. life

P.S. I like Year One, but they act like they know everything, their bulb listings are "okay", but not correct in cases, don't use them as the "final" say. If you need a bulb looked up, post it here and I'll try to help you out


Most people think a bulb is a bulb, they couldn't be more wrong. I try to go for OEM bulb #'s at all times. When they are not available, I look at #1, the power/amps which, really isn't too big of concern, but to me it is--HEAT. Nothing can cause more undo wear on 30+ year old equipment like hot bulbs. #2 thing I look at is life spans. Who wants to tear into a dash over and over to replace bulbs!

One of the biggest pet peeves I have is people that say, "I put in type 168 bulbs in the place of my '70's 194 bulbs". Bad call! For those that refuse to listen to me, try it yourself, connect both a 194 and 168 bulb to a regulated 12 volt power supply and leave them on for 15 minutes. You'll burn the s*** out of your hand when you grab the 168 bulb--any you still want to put those in your dash?!! The 194's not that dim compared to 168s, and they burn cooler. That's why I chose to keep all 194's in my vehicle--the way the factory intended


Sorry I had to chime in.
 

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Great info man, thanks! I'm pretty ignorant about electrical stuff.
 
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