and, Austin88ESIR for some of the pics, and for the general idea on this how to
Even though our cars are different already, I just had a want to make it even more so. Being tired of the dated orange lighting scheme, and already having the blue Mookeh Gauges, I decided to attack the clock and HVAC controls. As a bonus, I dug into a junkyard radio to find out how to change its colors, while I havent done it to mine yet...I have pics for a how to (on my radio anyway)
Before we get started, I want to let you know, I am open to any questions about any steps, because, this is a lot to type, and I may not have elaborated on something PM me and I will answer you and add it in here.
Oh...and sorry for the bookoo big pictures...
Okay...to start, lets go with the basic needs for all three projects.
- Both small and medium phillips and a small flat head screwdriver
- I used the (but blue) Leds (got at Autozone)
- soldering iron
- electrical tape
- dremel tool
- transparent tape/plastic pieces (in desired color)
- and no fear
Alright...lets start with the easiest, being the clock. I used 1 blue LED strip, and that was plenty. Once you remove it from the dash, pull the face off...leaving you with this.
then...pull the LCD and brown board out of the back casing (pull straight out)
remove the bulb, and run your wires through from the front through the bulb hole for the LEDs...being sure to remember, positive is the side closest to the computer chip...also, remove the 2 sided tape off the LED strip so it will fit for later
now, solder the wires as seen above, and pull the wires completly through to the back leaving an inch or so in the front with the LED...also, put electrical tape over the soldering so no shorting with the back board occurs. (as seen below)
Now, put the board and LCD back in place in the backing, and then, place the LED strip face down on the top of the clock LCD wires, and securing it with electrical tape, as below.
Once it is secured, replace the face, gently fitting it over the LEDs, making sure tabs are all clicked in...install, and enjoy. Blue is very visible, both night and day. Also, this process is the same, regardless of color choice.
I did this successfully with the 88-89 controls....however, the 87-prior controls I am unsure of with the silver buttons if the button color changing is any different. So, just a warning.
Heres the fun one. While I didn't change the button color to blue (I chose red), it requires simply soldering in your color choice LEDs, and the remainder of the steps Ill show you.
First, lets get rid of that crappy orange in the LCD. I used 1 LED strip, I recommend 2 for this to have better brightness....either way, its still okay.
Remove the HVAC controls, and then, take the four screws out of the upper computer chip. Pull it straight out, also, removing both bulbs, and screws that are underneath the plastic.
(these screws and bulbs seen in the center)
now, here comes the part that brought most stress to me, but then turned out to be easy. (If you want red, you may skip this step)
Take the LCD, and place a small flathead gently between the glass and white plastic, and twisting it gently.
once you break the glue, gently peel the plastic away from the LCD (make sure screws and bulbs are removed)
Here, you will see the culprit. The little jerk that took me forever to find
Remove that orange little thing and throw it away, or keep it as a trophy to show you were brave enough to do this mod
Now that you have the white plastic piece out, it will make the next part easier, but, if you are going red, you can leave the plastic in and do this.
With your dremel, cut between the two white holes. I exagerrated it by accident, so just kept going, however, it should look some what similair to this.
or, if you take your time and do it perfect, something like this
Now place a LED strip over the open space, and secure it with electrical tape. As seen in all my ugly skillessness below
If you decide to use 2 LED strips, do the same cutting method on the other side of the plastic, and perform the same task, however, be sure to make the LEDs flush with the plastic and cover it completely with tape for it has to fit below the LCD wires.
Now, tape all remaining holes in the plastic up so that light doesnt escape. Now, carefully reinstall your plastic piece, and time to solder.
Sorry for the blurry pic and crappy soldering, but, solder each LED strip to the Light bulb terminals...keep in mind, Positive is towards the bottom of the board, or nearest the plug/wires coming out of the bottom. Negative is nearest the LCD pins.
I only used one LED, so, only one was soldered
Now, tape the solder job up, and your LCD just pulled a Michael Jackson
- Now, the BUTTONS
This part is fairly simple for changing to red, for blue, you must solder LEDs and remove the filter which I will show.
Take all the scres out of the main board on the HVAC controls...pull it gently straight out so not to bend any of the LEDs (these light up when each option is selectred in the corner)
Now, gently take a flat screwdriver, and put on the end of the clear plastic piece behind the buttons, and gently pry...it should open like a door.
Now, gently (so not to break the holders), pull the clear plastic piece away from the hinge towards the top of the button hole, and remove it.
You may gently pry the plastic orange piece away from the clear (NO NEED IF YOU WANT RED), and you will be left with this.
If you want red, no need to remove the above piece as I said, but, find some transparent plastic in your desired color, and place between the clear plastic and the button face, and put it back in. (Only works with red)
Now...if you want a different color, time to use some laquer thinner and remove that orange paint from the filter...it will come out clear...get some transparent paint and paint it your desired hue...
That along with your different colored LEDs should leave it the desired color.
So, now, reinstall the motherboard gently, and straight on, then, follow that up with your LCD. And the HVAC controls are in your hue
Thanks, and hope I was of help.
If you have any further questions or are just wondering more about a step, as I said...PM me so I can add more detail.
EDIT: I will add the radio separate...didn't know there was a limit on image linking.
Edited by strang3majik, 23 February 2009 - 12:27 AM.