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Instrument Cluster Light Replacement

IHPowered

New member
So this is probably a dumb question. But I have several lights out on most of the gauges on the dash for my 1969 IH 1200D. I have the service manual that's 2000 pages long, but skimming through it I couldn't find anything that told me exactly how to best disassemble the cluster. There's some really good information in there for all my other mechanical needs. If anyone knows the page number that would be greatly appreciated!

Is it just as simple as pulling off the trim piece that surrounds the gauges and all the gauges can be popped out enough to replace the bulbs? I can't get underneath the dash as the air conditioning housing/ducting is in the way. And I'd like to not have to disassemble all of that.
 

Scoutboy74

Moderator
There are a number of Phillips screws holding the dash facia in place. With that out of the way, the individual gauge pods are then retained by Phillips screws. Care must be taken when separating the plastic gang connector from the printed circuit board pins on the back side of the gauge pods. Careful prying with a thin blade screw driver around the perimeter of the plastic connector will help free it from the delicate pins. Be sure to disconnect the battery before removing the Ammeter/Fuel cluster as the Ammeter is always hot when the battery is connected. With so much metal in the dash, it's easy to start a fireworks display and let the magic smoke escape from your wires if proper precautions aren't taken. It's all extremely straight forward once you get in there and start poking around.
 

IHPowered

New member
Good to know! I will take a stab at it this weekend. Its been kind of difficult driving around at night when I can't see how fast I'm going :icon_rotate:.
 

ihpartsjeff

Administrator & Owner
Staff member
To add to what Scoutboy74 wrote, the tabs on the plastic light sockets break after time and that causes them to fall out or not make good contact. I recommend replacing all of them when you are back there (a total of seven between the three gauges). We have replacements available. It's nice to already have them so when you take the dash apart you can put it right back together. Here's a link to the replacement sockets and don't forget new light bulbs too - Dash Gauge Bulb Holder for 1969-75 Pickup, Travelall and 1971-80 Scout II, Terra or Traveler
 

Scoutboy74

Moderator
And furthermore, when it comes to the speedo cluster, you will need to undo the speedo cable before you will be able to get the cluster out of the dash. That will involve reaching up behind from underneath. It's a bit of a PITA. I suggest getting the other pods out first so that at least you can look in through their vacant holes if not sneak a small hand in through the hole.
 
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