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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:31 pm 
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Not 100% finished but did as much as i could before dark 8-)

Basicaly just upgraded to black buttons and modded my original Climate Control Unit to have ED Buttons and the CFC Free Flap becuase i had the new aircon gas just put in :wink:

Also chucked in a few red filters and a custom dial facia. It lights up very red at night :shock:

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:39 pm 
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The red looks dam good.

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:43 pm 
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Dude, how good does that look... Im not a fan of the white dash backing, but that red is awesome. The big question, how'd u do it!??

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:48 pm 
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NAfairlane... wrote:
Dude, how good does that look... Im not a fan of the white dash backing, but that red is awesome. The big question, how'd u do it!??


i like the white dash becuase it matches the outside of the car.

The Climate Control unit was a bit more difficult becuase it had to be pulled RIGHT apart. But worth it in the end. I like the way the NA climate control units light up with the green LEDs under the buttons and how the temp is displayed in big numbers.

The red LCD screens were piss easy. Its only red filters with the original globe. (No LEDs)

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:50 pm 
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What did u use for the filter paper? Just red paper? and nothing else at all? Is the speedo well lit in daylight?

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:00 pm 
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P.S. nice grubby finger marks on the climate control buttons lol

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:10 pm 
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i would rather blue :lol:

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:23 pm 
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toddy wrote:
i would rather blue :lol:


LEDs are harder. with red, it was piss easy. Plus i want to do Blue LEDs on my other car :P

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:28 pm 
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dude. i soooo want to do that. (only blue) ive always wondered why ford used that crappy orange. (was it ever cool looking?)

so is it just a white globe with orange filters and u just rip them off and replaced them with red (or blue) filters

also what did u use for the filter.

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:29 pm 
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What did u use for the filter paper? Just red paper? and nothing else at all? Is the speedo well lit in daylight?


just folder divider paper. I was going to leave it orange but then i saw some of this paper in my mums office and i flogged it LOL. I can't stress how easy it is to get good results with red. Blue is way harder and more expensive.

I have the variable illumination set at maximum brightness and it is lit very nicely during the day. (its as good as original)

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P.S. nice grubby finger marks on the climate control buttons lol


yeah, should clean up nicley. Better then the filthy grey ones which are f**k impossible to keep clean, especially after a days work!!

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:31 pm 
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also if u could do it. this would make a great tec instruction doc

ben

edit so you just put the red over the orange? if u did this then blue wouldnt work. well red still looks heaps better than orange

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:34 pm 
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SlickNCGhia wrote:
dude. i soooo want to do that. (only blue) ive always wondered why ford used that crappy orange. (was it ever cool looking?)

so is it just a white globe with orange filters and u just rip them off and replaced them with red (or blue) filters

also what did u use for the filter.

cheers ben


for a luxo car, orange is quite acceptable, don't forget back in 1991 your average 50 year old wouldn't like blue or red lights on his dash at night. So orange was choosen to appeal to the majority of owners

Its only becuase of us young fellas that we strive to improve on perfection :lol:

also, see my previous post regarding what materials i used

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:44 pm 
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SlickNCGhia wrote:
also if u could do it. this would make a great tec instruction doc

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edit so you just put the red over the orange? if u did this then blue wouldnt work. well red still looks heaps better than orange


there is no orange paper its just a white panel behind there to prevent the screen from becoming transparent when the numbers come on. (easy to understand if you know how a LCD works)

the orange light is actually the working of the globe all on its own.

What i did was replace the white panel with red folder paper. IF i left both the white panel and red filter in it would be hard for the light to get through meaning it would light up really dark which is not cool at day time. Especially with a digital speedo :shock:

with blue LEDs i recommend that you KEEP the white panel and use f**k loads of blue LEDs. LEDs are harder becuase they don't spread light very well. I wanted a quick mod becuase i can't afford to have this car pulled apart for long periods of time :x

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:50 pm 
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Also, has anyone noted the EF indicator stalk (white pictures) and the grey EL steering colum surround in this pic? :D

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Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:53 pm 
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Hmm i like the look of a red dash, looks a bit nicer then blue. Ill just do blue footwell lights and courtesy lights. Im colourblind anyway i actually thought the dash lights were green haha

 

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