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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:11 am 
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What color needles do the EF or EL come with.Are there different colors available and does Ford sell them.Want to change the white ones to orange etc.,
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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:13 am 
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EF come with white needles, EL with orange ones - if my memory serves me correctly :?

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:15 am 
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EF came with White, EL came with Orange, (except for NL/DL Fairlane/LTD which were always white)

Not sold seperately as far as I know. Best bet would be to try a Pick-and-pay-more auto parts yard, or a wrecker to get a cheap cluster.
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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:43 am 
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If you want to change the orange needles to white....

1) remove the needles
2) sandpaper the back with 2000 Wet and Dry
3) paint with white nail polish
4) use acetone to correct your mistakes.

Easy as!!!

If you want to make white needles orange......

1) dont.

I would actually try the above procedure, but use orange nail polish...

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:08 pm 
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Ugly Igley, why do you don't recommend changing white needles to orange.What color would be best with white face dials???
I did not even think of using nail polish :idea:
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Ugly Igley, why do you don't recommend changing white needles to orange.What color would be best with white face dials???
I did not even think of using nail polish :idea:


have you got a specific theme going in you car at all? i.e. have you changed anything to red/green/pink/blue or whatever? if so, maybe continue that?

red needles might look ok... what about black? or you *may* have lighting issues with darker needles at night?

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:13 pm 
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The back lighting will be orange to tie in with the od/trip part of the dash etc.,
I bought some white face dials.
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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:22 pm 
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Do the needles just pull off?
Is there any way of getting it back on lined up perfect or is it just a guess?
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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:32 pm 
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Do the needles just pull off?
Is there any way of getting it back on lined up perfect or is it just a guess?


yep the needles just pull off. best bet would be to mark where the needles were sitting before you pulled them off, so you can refit them in the same place - maybe use a piece of masking tape or something so you don't mark the dials at all

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:20 pm 
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eagleaus wrote:
The back lighting will be orange to tie in with the od/trip part of the dash etc.,
I bought some white face dials.

Then I would definitely go orange.

It was just a matter of personal choice to not go orange, but if that is the theme then orange will be perfect.

Using nail polish allows for mistakes to be simply wiped away with acetone, which is better than having to resand everytime you make a mistake....

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:44 pm 
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So i guess acetone doesn't melt the plastic needles then?

 

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nup. I have changed the orange dials on a EL to white for the Blue dash mod with no problems, if you are unsure then use nail polish remover that is acetone free....

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:08 pm 
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Acetone is abrasive on plastics, some more than others. I've seen some plastics literally melt when acetone was applied. Be careful and experiment on some unseen bit first.

 

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Ok I just checked, due to the concern and I actually used an acetone free nail polish remover...

Dont use acetone.

Sorry bout that...

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:15 am 
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