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So this is a copy of an idea Wendel gave me from his project. I wanted to start with full disclosure and credit.

I took the el sheet used for the gauges cluster and cut out a section that matches the clock face. I also canibalized the small El inverter that's used for the illumination of the shifter bezel positions and installed it so that the clock is still a self contained piece that plugs in like stock. It's soldered to the contact pads right before the bulb socket and then I notched the back half of the case to give me easy wire access.

One thing to keep in mind with these pictures. The ones on the table were actually the prototype face. After installing I realized that the small border area near the electrical leads doesn't illuminate, and it can be visible when viewed at the correct angle. I redid the clock face and the installed pictures are the final version but didn't grab different internal pictures.











The illuminated pictures are a little blury, but that's the nature of getting my camera to focus without the lights or flash on.

A smal side note. The way I soldered the leads onto the circuit board I allowed room for the bulb socket to still be used. If I feel like doing some extra ideas I have I gave myself that ability. I might make it a two tone clock like my key ring where it can flip to red LEDs instead. I might use the matching Aqua LEDs in order to get an engraved clock face to illuminate correctly.



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Looks great bro! Yours is even more accurately cut than mine lol ...looks precise
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Looks great bro! Yours is even more accurately cut than mine lol ...looks precise
Thanks, you were my inspiration.

All about the method, the final version is actually more accurately cut.

I pulled off the regular clock face from a spare clock (I have 6 or 7) and used it to trace with a fresh razor. Fine trimming was done easily with a good pair of scissors.
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I might have to revise mine a lil. I want a custom face (dodge logo or something) ...and need to replace the clock mechanism.
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I appreciate the effort, but it looks the same to me??

A newer guy at the 300Club did this a few months back and started having some kind of issue.... he claimed the edges leaked out the EL "stuff"?? And was going to seal the edges on his next try?

Was this the case for wendall or you??
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I appreciate the effort, but it looks the same to me??

A newer guy at the 300Club did this a few months back and started having some kind of issue.... he claimed the edges leaked out the EL "stuff"?? And was going to seal the edges on his next try?

Was this the case for wendall or you??
The point of the pictures is for it to look the same. In person the el glows a bit sharper and is evenly lit when compared to the regular bulb. I've also kept the ability to add a second color to the light in the future.
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I might have to get a clock, and some EL Dan....I see one of those in my future!!
With orange needles of course!!



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I appreciate the effort, but it looks the same to me??

A newer guy at the 300Club did this a few months back and started having some kind of issue.... he claimed the edges leaked out the EL "stuff"?? And was going to seal the edges on his next try?

Was this the case for wendall or you??

Had mine done for years, with no issues.

I wanted the EL mainly for the durability. My clock is custom molded into my Intrepid dash. It's a PITA to remove, so I wanted to reduce the chance of having to swap a bulb. Like Dan said, it does look better in person.
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Had mine done for years, with no issues.

I wanted the EL mainly for the durability. My clock is custom molded into my Intrepid dash. It's a PITA to remove, so I wanted to reduce the chance of having to swap a bulb. Like Dan said, it does look better in person.
I'd be curious as to how the el material "leaked" out the sides. It's not in a liquid state, so something must have gone really wrong.
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That's what I was thinking
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I am the one who came into issues. I found the EL sheet dulled after a day due to moisture getting into it somehow... It was winter at the time. Lucky you guys didn't run into the same issue though i would recommend sealing the edges with clear nail polish or something similar to prevent moisture from affecting the El sheet. I ended up taking the dulled one out as well as the sealed one and put the original clock back in. I prefer it being original and not so hacked up. just me though. It was a fun mod to do nonetheless

I went as far as removing the paint off the cluster gauges and repainting it white to match exactly for my new clock face to go over the El sheet. This way the glow matches the gauges exactly.

my version.
http://300mclub.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=29617

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