Since the idiot light cluster real estate was now taken up by more pertinent gauges, I had to either accept loosing them or come up with a way to relocate them.
Since I'm not the type to swap to a manual door because my power window switch stops working, I decided to move them to the radio area.
Step one was to get the thing out and disassembled. The low fuel light has never worked (although I suspect that is a sender issue) and the brake light works sporadically.
I wonder why....? Ohh....yeah, that'll do it.
First I had to de-solder all the contacts, then after re-soldering them I had to cross my fingers and hope it worked better. I thought about rigging up a way to test it before I started modifying it to fit the new location, but I've got extras so i just hoped for the best.
Next I was time to work out how this thing was going to fit into the radio panel that I bought ( Iirc it was like $16 on ebay).
Got it trimmed up and test fitted
Won't be needing these end pieces in its new home...
OK, so now it fits, but how do I get it to stay in place? After a hour or so of pondering I came up with these brackets that mount in the same location as the radio surround itself, ensuring a secure base.
The most tedious part of the cluster relocation was definitely the extenstion harness.....
And done! Magically upon installation the clock decided to start working, this was especially odd since even during testing it remained non-operative. My only guess is that the pressure from the bracket after final install squeezed the contacts together firmly enough for it to work :dunno: