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Center Console Map Light Clone with LED
#1
Hey Guys (And Gals)

I was lucky to get an original Map Light from a member here for cheap.

Instead of installing it and be done I decided to clone it and make it
available to anyone who would like a clone.

The ML is made of .125 ABS with camera case finish which is slightly thicker than the original but I tried to keep the
dimensions the same as the original within reason.
The clone uses the repop lens available from OMS and others
and uses a T10 LED and socket.

The original I got was slightly too wide to fit in my car with a repop dash pad so I made that dimension slightly smaller.
To accommodate the LED socket the clone is slightly taller than the original with no fitment issues.

The prototype needs the switch mounted and will be finished tomorrow
and will be sent to 73 Pony for fitment and review.

Unfinished Prototype Photos:

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I have a larger investment in this than I thought I would and need to to know the interest level before I order more parts and material?

I will sell them for 79.00 delivered to US via paypal through this site or ebay
with returns available.

Thanks Everyone
Regards
Paul
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#2
Looks good so far. How is the light intensity at night? Thanks.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#3
Good point.

Running it on a half dead 9V it's not bad I could find my ign key Ok and it lights up
the center area. I doubt it's as bright as the incandescent bulb like the original.

The original I have doesn't work so I cant compare.

I should add that the switch I install will be three position {off } / {on + bat} / {on + bat switched}. For
those without the wiring conveinince group that want to connect it to + bat will be able to shut it off which is not an option on the original.

Night Photo with my phone;

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Thanks
Paul
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#4
Oh yeah, looks great. I have pondered converting the map light to a led bulb many times lol.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#5
Well done Paul,

It's really great that you would think of the benefit of your fellow '71'73 Mustang brothers and sisters and come to the rescue with a viable retro alternative to the non available 1,2,3 map light. 10 OUT OF 10 Sir!thumbthumb I hope you get a good response from the Forum for all your trouble, because i got a rather poor response regards anyone approaching me to take up my power mirrors invention for themselves.Undecided

BTW - What did you have in mind for a workable switch setup for the map light?

I would happily buy your finished working product, but i already have working original map lights in both my '73 Mustangs.

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#6
Austin Vert;281792 Wrote:Well done Paul,

It's really great that you would think of the benefit of your fellow '71'73 Mustang brothers and sisters and come to the rescue with a viable retro alternative to the non available 1,2,3 map light. 10 OUT OF 10 Sir!thumbthumb I hope you get a good response from the Forum for all your trouble, because i got a rather poor response regards anyone approaching me to take up my power mirrors invention for themselves.Undecided

BTW - What did you have in mind for a workable switch setup for the map light?

I would happily buy your finished working product, but i already have working original map lights in both my '73 Mustangs.

Greg.Smile

Yes Sir I understand!

Your power side mirror tutorial is off the charts awesome!

I'm not sure how many people can pull that off with the garage tools they have. (wish I had a garage)

The original switch is (on) (on) type. My switch will be (off)(on)(on) for those that want to wire it with only + bat. Hope that makes sense.

I've read that only convenience group cars have the plug for the map light.

Thanks
Paul
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#7
Prototype wired and done.

Sending out to 73 Pony this week.

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Paul
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#8
Fantastic Paul, just fantastic.U Da Man!U Da Man!

Greg.thumb

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#9
Cool!!

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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

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http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-my-mustang-in-action

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#10
Cant wait to get it installed. I will get plenty of pics and post them on this thread. I plan to hook it up to use all three switch functions. Off - On - On. So I can switch it to come on when opening the door, on all the time, or off all the time.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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