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Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:35 am
by rmel
Restored my locker indicator panel for my 712 project.
One in the truck was in bad shape, as below. Thought
this would be a quick fix but as usual there are challenges.
The hardest part was removing the rivets on the data plates :x
These turned out to be steel rivets. What I ended up doing that
worked pretty well was to carefully grind then down flush using
a diamond wheel on a drill press. Then I used a carpenters spring
loaded brass punch to knock them out. Took some patience and
practice.

Stripped old paint off, and applied a Rust-oleum Metallic finish.
Used a HF 3/32" pop rivet which fits perfectly in the old hole but
tight.

More pleasing to the eye now 8)
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Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:56 am
by pcolette
Very nice! We have similar tastes.
As you said, I remember those rivets being a real bear to remove. Nice solution you came up with.

I switched to LED lamps at the time because the originals were not available and the old ones were very sad looking.
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Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:19 pm
by Texas710
Pcolette - I would be interested in where you got those LEDs? Are they just a direct drop in? The green indicator covers just won't stay on my panel and would love an alternative.

Thanks

Both those panels look very nice, btw!

Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:24 pm
by pcolette
Texas710,
As I recall I bought those from SAV in 2010 and I now realize they were not LED. I don't see them on the SAV website now.
The round ones in the following picture are LED and I bought them from McMaster #7380K32. Not inexpensive at $13.75 a piece and require a round hole. I had the panel fabricated by a local shop.
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Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:48 pm
by rmel
BTW for just about all bulb bases, there are LED replacements. Both 12V and 24V.
I believe the locker lamps are BA9. Bought some of these off AMZN some time ago.
Bright, low current, but you have to file down the top slightly as it protrudes a tad
more then a std bulb.

The only difference from a 12V vs a 24V LED bulb is the value of the limiting resistor
built into the base.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HZ ... UTF8&psc=1

Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:01 am
by Texas710
Thanks for the help!

Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:32 pm
by David Dunn
Thought
this would be a quick fix but as usual there are challenges.
The hardest part was removing the rivets on the data plates :x
Nice job Ron, but the rivets grind off from the back without any problem. :lol:

But now that you're retired, time doesn't matter. :roll: :lol:

Re: Locker indicator panel resturation

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:04 pm
by rmel
Yes, I ground these off from the backside.
Although there was one I had to grind the
mushroom off from the front side, it was just
one stubborn rivet.