Fun with the dash

This is how the indicator lights looked when I got the car. They were all basically yellow, which I concluded was because of sun fade, because the factory service manual called for them to be red and green.


Upon removing the cluster from my parts car, I found I could see the original color of the legends in places where they did not show through to the front, where the sun had hit them. Using these hidden colors as my guide, I simply cut a very small piece of theatrical "gel" that is positioned directly behind the original lens. This provides the correct color when the indicator light shines through.

Back of lenses with "AMP" at the bottom.

Clockwise from fuel gauge at top, indicator lights are hot, cold, amp, brake, and oil.

My next project involved replacing the ignition switch. During the 1980's, the original switch failed. My father replaced it with a generic unit from an auto parts store, as he was in the Philipeans, where dealer parts are unobtainable. This replacement unit did not cover the retaining nut.

I purchased a NOS unit off eBay, Delco #D-1434, GM #1116610, and it came with a hole for a bulb (and instructions dated 1963). I found this strange, as the picture at the bottom shows an original Buick switch on the left, and the NOS switch on the right.

This is how the 64 original switch got light and ground to it, basically a stamped washer rolled into a light housing:
(Mouse shown for size comparison)

Added Mar. 06: Since I could not get my washer light to fit the NOS switch, I had to to something to get ground to it. I was not interested in lighting it as I am using the light feed to run gauges, so I drilled a hole in the new switch be able to attach the ground wire to it. Now the car correctly lights the "HOT" light while cranking. This feature didn't work since the 80's, but it does now.

Before on left, after on right. Used parts car ignition cylinder in new switch. $20 to re-key ignition key and trunk. Car now has single key locking system again.