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I hooked up the electrical system in my '71 for the first time since I bought it. I got all of the lights and turn signals to work - heck the dome light even works. The problem is that none of the dash lights work. The green turn signal indicators light up, the 'brights' light works, the 'hot' lite works, and the keyed circuit works too, but not the lights that light up the heater controls, speedometer, and fuel gauge. I put a new fuse in but it didn't help. Any ideas? If it's a ground, where would it be located?

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EDIT: I thought I should tell you that the tail lights and the brake lights work.
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Make sure that the ground wire is making contact at the face of the head light switch(behind the dash). You will want to take the dash pad off to check this. Sometimes the don't make good enough contact to get the dash lights to turn on. Also you might want to check your printed circuit board for any bad circuits. I know that these things can be a real head ache, just when you get one fixed something else won't work. Just be patient and take a break every once in a while!


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Check the tail light fuse. If the tail lights are not working the dash lights also will not work. The dome light grounds at the head light switch. The dash lights do not.
 
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