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Old 01-30-2017, 07:13 PM
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Hi Just traded my 2007 corvette for a restored 65. I am retired and thought it would be a nice change. I had a 64 when I was 22 years old. Just noticed that the parking brake warning light is not working and have cheated the switch and it is OK. If the bulb is bad I am not sure if my body will let me try to fix it. (recent back surgery) Can you pull the instrument cluster without disconnecting the tach and oil pressure tube?
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Welcome and enjoy that '64!
Had the 64 when I was 22 years old. I am 65 in april with a 65 now!
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Moving this to the C1 & C2 Corvettes section.
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Welcome! I'm afraid you cannot pull it far enough to get that high with the tach connected. You can replace the bulbs with small hands and a good back without totally removing the cluster but it's a lot of contorting.

That said- I'm super excited for you! Enjoy the experience!

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Welcome aboard! . . . glad you joined us here on the Forum. You'll find lots of guys are very willing to help you out with everything - don't hesitate to ask and you'll get lots of experienced answers!

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If you do decide to try to reach the bulb, do yourself a favor and spend ten minutes removing the two bolts that hold the driver's seat tracks to the floor. They at the front of the seat. One for each track. Pull the seat forward out of the rear brackets and you should have a more comfortable time getting under there without major pain and contortions. I think it will improve your chances of having success.
Welcome to the forum. Dave

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If you do decide to try to reach the bulb, do yourself a favor and spend ten minutes removing the two bolts that hold the driver's seat tracks to the floor. They at the front of the seat. One for each track. Pull the seat forward out of the rear brackets and you should have a more comfortable time getting under there without major pain and contortions. I think it will improve your chances of having success.
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However, I suggest that you at least "loosen" up the 4 rear seat track bolts as well. You MAY be able to pull the seat by only removing the fronts but, you'll be hard pressed trying to "shove" it back in.

Btw, welcome to the forum and, as mentioned, we like to see pics!!!

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Welcome to the forum...If that's the only problem with the dash, I'd wait till you have something else behind there and make it worth while. Have fun with your 64.
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However, I suggest that you at least "loosen" up the 4 rear seat track bolts as well. You MAY be able to pull the seat by only removing the fronts but, you'll be hard pressed trying to "shove" it back in.

Btw, welcome to the forum and, as mentioned, we like to see pics!!!

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Yep, good idea. I forgot to mention that. Dave
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Hi Mgr, congratulations on your conversion. I too sold my 2007 Z06 and bought a restored 1965 vert. Had a '65 when I was 20 years old. Have fun and drive it like you stole it !!! I'll miss the reliability and speed, but this is much cooler !!!

P.S. the members on the Forum are the best for advice and encouragement. Sully
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Welcome
65 here as well good thing you can work on your car slowly
Bought a 64 vert when I came back from Nam kept that car 20 years, have had several since
​​​​​​​good luck
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Welcome to the REAL Corvette World. You will love your C2 and this GREAT Forum.
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Originally Posted by Gary's '66 View Post
However, I suggest that you at least "loosen" up the 4 rear seat track bolts as well. You MAY be able to pull the seat by only removing the fronts but, you'll be hard pressed trying to "shove" it back in.

Btw, welcome to the forum and, as mentioned, we like to see pics!!!

Gary
I agree with Gary and Dave. My 71 year old bones appreciate it when I spend that 10 minutes removing the seat and another 3 minutes removing the steering wheel whenever I'm doing any work with the dash.

Congratulations on your new car and welcome to the forum. You will get lots of good help here.

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Good advice from all the above posts.
Once you have the seat out you canextend the gauge cluster outward by replacing the screws that hold it in place with 5 or 6 inch long 1/4 X20 bolts. This keeps the cluster out enough to get you hands into the work area. You will have to d/c the tach, speedo cables and the oil pressure tube but it is easy. Lay some blankets or moving pads on the floor and it actually becomes fairly comfortable.
One thing I would suggest while working back there is to replace the old bulbs with led bulbs. They make the gauges much easier to read at night and they last a zillion hours.
Forgot to add if you need led bulbs superbrightleds.com has them all.

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If it's just your emergency brake light, I'd leave it alone until there was a better reason to pull the dash.

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Originally Posted by ChattanoogaJSB View Post
Welcome! I'm afraid you cannot pull it far enough to get that high with the tach connected. You can replace the bulbs with small hands and a good back without totally removing the cluster but it's a lot of contorting.

That said- I'm super excited for you! Enjoy the experience!

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Hi Benton I bought the car just south of you in Summerville Georgia. Thanks for your comments

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