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High beam dash lens
#1377156 Tue Sep 15 2020 04:55 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
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I am refurbishing my 1948 speedometer. There is a high beam indicator light socket. When I tore into it, I found what looked like a black disk with a hole in the center in that socket. It crumbled when I touched it. I put a piece of it on a light bulb and saw that it is an opaque dark red. I would like to replace it. I can't find one, does anyone know where I can get a replacement? I remember stage lights used gells, some kind of colored opaque sheets to create colored spotlights. Something like that might work. It has to be able to survive the heat of the indicator bulb. I did find a High beam dash lens set for '55-'56 car. Does anyone know if that is the same size as the 1948 truck speedometer?


1947.2 Chevy Panel Truck 1 ton
1955.2 Chevy Suburban
1955.2 Chevy 6700 Bus/RV
Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1377167 Tue Sep 15 2020 05:56 PM
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Posts: 2,994
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
So, I took a Folgers red coffee bucket and cut out a little disc. Interference fit it in to the space. Been working since 2012. Could it be a little darker? Sure. But it's red!!

Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1377168 Tue Sep 15 2020 05:58 PM
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Posts: 2,994
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
I was hoping I had a picture, but I guess I never took one.

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Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1377169 Tue Sep 15 2020 06:25 PM
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I like that solution, but I don't have a Folgers tub. I did find a fresh-up kit for 41-46 that looks like it should work. Includes the gasket and grommets. My gasket is o.k. but the grommets are deteriorating.


1947.2 Chevy Panel Truck 1 ton
1955.2 Chevy Suburban
1955.2 Chevy 6700 Bus/RV
Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1377225 Wed Sep 16 2020 01:51 AM
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I used clear plastic off on something random laying around and hit it generously with a red Magic marker. Make sure you use the correct bulb. it is substantially smaller (colder burning) than the rest of the dash bulbs. You don't want to melt the plastic.

Re: High beam dash lens
52Carl #1380555 Tue Oct 13 2020 07:24 AM
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if you've gone 12v, leds in red are available and burn cool. i've not tried 12v led with 6volts.


All you need in life is TIME, PATIENCE and MONEY.
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Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1380559 Tue Oct 13 2020 09:42 AM
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ace skiver
SuperBrightLEDs.com sells many LED bulbs that have bases/ratings that fit our 6v trucks. Many of those LEDs work with 6v and 12v negative and positive ground electrical systems.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: High beam dash lens
walterhvogel #1380686 Wed Oct 14 2020 01:12 AM
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There is a chance I might have one of these, Walter. If you want me to look, please send a PM.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end

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