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1959 Firedome Changing dash light bulbs
I am replacing some burned out light bulbs from behind the gauge cluster in a 1959 DeSoto Firedome. I can get to the bulb that is behind the gas gas gauge to remove and replace the burned out bulb. I can not get to the hole to put the bulb back behind the gas gauge. I started removing the gauge cluster but the steering column is in the way. Any suggestions?
Not sure if this helps, but this is a photo of my friend's '59 speedo out of the car. You can see a few attaching points. He said that this should come out without removing any part of the column.
If this is anything like a mid 60's Imperial, which has the same interference, it is necessary to lower the steering column a couple of inches in order to get the clearance required.
The 1959 cluster will come out without lowering the steering column, but it's a tight fit. Letting the steering column drop a little makes it easier. Check the hole where the bulb sockets mount to be sure they are clean so that you have a good ground contact.