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'68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:47:35 PM »
Question on the two different bulb sockets for the Gen and Brake lamps on cluster for car with no gages. Are these gray sockets and or bulbs something special with maybe different candlepower bulbs or ? Thank you. Paul

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2017, 06:11:20 PM »
 I'll take a good guess.....this was a design change because with the shorter black sockets used on 67 clusters, it is almost impossible to reach up and get a good grip to remove either of them. Been there....done that.  ;)
I notice the much better designed ground band connecting the high beam socket to the cluster body.

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2017, 06:29:09 PM »
Good guess Mike, but I don't think it's correct since the 1967 AIM shows the gray sockets (P/N 3882798) for the Generator and Brake warning lights as well. The operators manual shows these two lights were 3 candle power as opposed to 1 candle power for the rest of the lamps, so that may have had something to do with it. This isn't something I've ever researched!

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2017, 06:42:17 PM »
Hi Ed,

  I just checked my 67 AIM and I see 12/B3 is dated 5/67. My 67 05B convertible gauge cluster has a date of April 67 so perhaps the socket was changed to the gray one by late May? My 67 cluster definitely has the short black connectors. The last time I changed a directional bulb I had to lower the steering column because I could not get the socket loose (my fingers reached it but not good leverage).

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2017, 07:19:30 PM »
Mike, that 5-1-67 date is in regards to note 14 (circuit drawing revised) and note 15 (screw and washer drawing removed), so it has nothing to do with the socket. If it did, there would be a note next to item 8. And you can't go by dates in the AIM since it's not necessarily the date the change became effective. It was just the date the note was entered into the AIM. The actual change could have been much earlier or much later than that.

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 07:28:41 PM »
thanks all for the replies.
Ed, by operators manual are you referring to the owner manual? i never thought of looking there. is there a number on the bulb(s) for the 3 cp and the 1 cp bulbs? Paul
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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 08:03:33 PM »
Yes Paul, the Owners Manual. The Generator and Brake warning lights (P/N 455626) are shown in the Owners Manual (page 69) as number 1816 (3CP) bulbs. The others have different part numbers. 1445, which is a 1CP, and 194, which is a 2CP.

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 08:33:20 PM »
Thank you all very much. Merry Christmas! Paul

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Re: '68 Camaro Inst cluster bulbs/ sockets
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2017, 02:07:43 PM »
Paul...Love the tree... Merry Christmas!  Scott