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Old 11-11-2008
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On the short list of things that don't work or need attention on my new to me PT 36 (1987)are the electro-eluminescent onlines that are around the buttons on the dash. Previous owner indicated this is a dead end to try to repair. Is that the trut the whole trut and nuttin but the trut?
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I think Stephen Birtles can help with that John

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John,

The Inverters are sometimes defective, You may have 4 or 6 inverters.
They look like one inch square blue cubes. Probably located under the dash, or behind the center console, and in the overhead,
And Yep, Stephen has the replacements.
If you listen really closely, one with good hearing, can hear them Hummmmm.
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John,

In addition, you may try to interchange two on the inverters to trouble shoot this problem and isolate the bad ones, There are four wires, 12 volts in and 110 volts out, They can Zap Ya, but the shock in not life threating. They are attached to the panels with a substance, that looks like clear silicone caulk, these connections are somewhat fragile, if the wires pop out of the panel the connection to toast, and can not be reconnected.
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Give me a call I may be able to help you
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Hey John,

Tom Sorrentino, 1987 PT38, Bedford Hills, NY, Replaced these inverters.

He would better know the location of your inverters
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This is a project I want to take on with my 90-SP as well. None of the panels currently illuminate. A little location info on inverters would be helpful here too. I read that you don't drill these dash panels lest you ruin them. Seems to me a lot of people didn't get that memo. Is that an absolute? Dead center, very top, on the upper dash panel there is a small bubble level installed. The screw used to affix does not go through where any of the outlines exist. Is it conceivable that this is factory original? Could it cause issues with all panels dash and overhead as well or just the one that is pierced? Additionally, several of the incandescents for the gauges appear to be out. Are these reasonably serviceable? Any got ya's to know about in advance?
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The el panel extends to the edge of the instrument panel any holes
and you are liable to pierce the el panel and render it useless
If you any questions feel free to give a call
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In the SP-36, the inverters are outside, in the electrical compartment under the windshield. No, drilling a hole in a dash panel would not affect all dash lights. They are 'zoned' with separate inverters per zone.
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The incandescents are standard bulbs. They just push into/pull out of the rear of the gauge. Take out the panel the offending gauge is in and pull the bulb housing out of the gauge back. You don't need to disconnect any wires or anything.
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