I ended up picking up a a bunch of bulbs today at Radio Shack.RadioShack 272-1154 (12v, 50mA, Bi-Pin lamp)Upon arrival at the RadioShack...I saw they were going out of business and closing all their local retail stores tomorrow. At least where I live in south east PA.
So after hitting 3 different stores in a 95% blow out frenzy, I managed to get 14 bulbs total for just .17 cents a piece. That's a great deal over about $2.50 each at regular prices. I kinda wanted the 272-1092 (12V, 60mA, Wire terminal base) but they were all gone already.
I now have my dash panel out and it looks like all the factory bulbs have a bluish green varnish over them to produce a greenish light. The Radio Shack bulbs are clear, so I initially wondered if I could coat them with something like a colored sharpee marker or something to make them colored blueish/green vs just clear?
Then I realized that they were just very small rubber boots that slip over the bulbs to give them color. I managed to remove all of them and replace them on my new bulbs. I tore one boot slighty removing it. I realized its better to remove the old bulbs from the square base first, then gently roll the boot off. Its a bugger removing the bulb bases and it took about 10 min to realize how to do it on the first one. After that it was pretty simple, just tedious and time consuming.
It took me a little over 5 hours tonight to replace all the bulbs except for one. The bulb that is positioned under the automatic pedal adjuster was just too much of a pain to remove. First you have to unsolder the switch which sits on top of it. You would have to use a copper wick to remove all the solder on 6 points of contact on the board. I started to do it but then decided maybe I'll do it if any other bulbs go in the future. I haver no reason to move my pedal, especially in the dark so I eliminate about an hour of additional time on the project. Tomorrow I need to reinstall the panel and hope that everything works as it should.
Last edited by BBCBIRD; 02-21-2015 at 11:29 PM.