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subzali
08-04-2009, 06:13 PM
...or "Crayola rocks!"

Any of you with FJ40s that have knobs that are dim/faded.

Got the idea from this thread:
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/275139-reonditioning-knobs-fj40.html

99 cents for a box of crayons, five minutes in the seat and my knobs look all fresh again. If only I had nail polish...

On a similar vein, I'm going to be looking forward to a new vision after installing items recommended in this thread:
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/69423-light-bulbs-land-cruisers.html

It sent me over to superbrightleds.com. Now I have incentive to wire up the control illumination light in the dash pad, and figure out the supposed light to illuminate the heater controls that I'm supposed to have. I'm going to LED my light switch knob and instrument cluster lights, so yeah it's been fun driving at night with stock lighting but it's time to enter the 21st century. I'll hopefully be able to tell that my brights are on too after this little mod.

nuclearlemon
08-04-2009, 06:27 PM
did mine a couple of years ago.

farnhamstj
08-04-2009, 07:38 PM
I did white paint and rubbed off the extra on my fj40 knobs, worked great.

wesintl
08-04-2009, 07:45 PM
I used a lacquer stick...

subzali
08-04-2009, 08:28 PM
Also got a little light wired up that's never been hooked up since I have owned the truck - the little dash knob illumination light! Can't wait to see it in the dark :D

nuclearlemon
08-04-2009, 08:33 PM
Also got a little light wired up that's never been hooked up since I have owned the truck - the little dash knob illumination light! Can't wait to see it in the dark :D

did you put an led bulb in?

subzali
08-04-2009, 09:19 PM
no not yet. They shipped today but I wanted to make sure it was all hooked up by the time they got here so I can play! I just took it around the block - I feel so refined 'cause I can actually see my dash controls :D :hill:

PabloCruise
08-05-2009, 08:32 AM
Matt,

Check out this guy on MUD - makes custom knobs and also makes a set-up to put gauges in the radio slot of a 40, or retro fit electric or mechanical gauges into the 40 cluster and then light it with LED or some kind of magic "rope":

Knobs:
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/280462-i-made-new-tcase-shifter-knob.html

Gauges in the radio-slot:
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/272585-homemade-stock-like-gauge-pod.html

New gauges in 40 cluster:
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/289513-aftermarket-even-mechanical-gauges-into-stock-cluster.html

subzali
08-05-2009, 08:59 AM
yeah I saw his thread a couple days ago. I like his switches, but I think they're expensive. I do have some plans for custom knobs for things like OBA, aux fuel transfer pump, etc. I'm actually working right now on a way to have a clean installation of all that stuff so it doesn't clutter the dashboard. I really really like the gauge mod - I would like to do that sometime when the budget allows - having real numbers for oil pressure and water temp. is pretty appealing. I also really really like the gauge pod for the radio hole. I am thinking a voltmeter (able to switch between two batteries for when I do dual batteries) and a vacuum gauge plus a couple pull switches would be my preference for how to use that space.

So yes the wheels are turning...I just need somewhere else to put my CB radio (Metaltech cage with overhead console?) and some time and money so that it's an enjoyable mod/upgrade.

I think I might still try and get more things fixed first though. Always seem to have that need.

Hulk
08-05-2009, 10:58 AM
Wow, did you see this? :)

14042

EL = Electroluminescent wire

Rzeppa
08-05-2009, 04:53 PM
EL = Electroluminescent wire

EL's a wonderful thing. In portable applications it is considered a power hog, but for automotive it's fine. When designing with it I always worried about reliability; due to extra complexity of the HV supply, etc., it has a higher failure rate than LED.

subzali
08-13-2009, 09:41 PM
I've decided that I like the LED's Marshall posted up in the MUD thread for the instrument cluster and the bright indicator, but I do not like the one for the dash knob controls. The stock light is brighter. I can't see the knobs at all with the LED, whereas I could see that there was a beam on them with the stock light, when it wasn't even completely dark out. Going to switch that one back, glad I saved it.

subzali
08-30-2009, 11:58 AM
Shiny knobs...(and now illuminated at night by the dash pad light!) :D

MDH33
08-30-2009, 03:06 PM
Shiny knobs...(and now illuminated at night by the dash pad light!) :D

Looking good. Now you just need one of these from Nakman Labs:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/615913634_dNadc-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/615913098_u8rvd-M.jpg

subzali
08-31-2011, 10:11 PM
Sort of tangential addition, but last night and today I got a couple more bulbs working (correctly) that I don't think I've ever had before.

Back in college I took off the Fasten Belts/Brake Warning light, and must have lost one of the bulbs and somehow switched the bulbs. So my Brake Warning light was going on for a few seconds, then going back off, and my Fasten Belts light was never on. Well last night I got a new bulb, figured out they were switched, and switched them back. Luckily the wiring is all stock and nothing else was awry, so they both came on!

On the drive into work this morning, however, my Brake Warning light would flicker, based on the position of the handbrake. So at lunch I loosened it up a touch and adjusted it so it comes on at the first click. All is well now with the lights! :thumb:

First pic is when I first turn the key on, they both come on. Second pic is after a couple seconds the Fasten Belts light goes out, leaving the Brake light on while the handbrake is still pulled out.

Next is to find the buzzer that I think I'm supposed to have and see why it's not working.

I also found some detailed info in the FSM concerning checking the gauges and instrument cluster items, so I'll be diving into that as well at some point. :wrench:

bigcity25
09-01-2011, 10:09 AM
I cleaned the knobs out and added a couple of scratches inside the lettering. Got myself one of those small paint brushes. I used that paint you used as a kid on models and let it dry. Then I simply used fine grit sand paper to clean the excess off and expose shiny black around the letters.

subzali
09-01-2011, 11:43 AM
There are three slots for lights on my '77 FJ40. Only the left two have lights/lettering (shown above). Does anybody know what the 3rd one on the right is for?

Jacket
09-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Egr

akingf5371
09-02-2011, 12:13 AM
Very cool! I just noticed on mine that neither of these lights work. Where did you order the bulbs from?

Sort of tangential addition, but last night and today I got a couple more bulbs working (correctly) that I don't think I've ever had before.

Back in college I took off the Fasten Belts/Brake Warning light, and must have lost one of the bulbs and somehow switched the bulbs. So my Brake Warning light was going on for a few seconds, then going back off, and my Fasten Belts light was never on. Well last night I got a new bulb, figured out they were switched, and switched them back. Luckily the wiring is all stock and nothing else was awry, so they both came on!

On the drive into work this morning, however, my Brake Warning light would flicker, based on the position of the handbrake. So at lunch I loosened it up a touch and adjusted it so it comes on at the first click. All is well now with the lights! :thumb:

First pic is when I first turn the key on, they both come on. Second pic is after a couple seconds the Fasten Belts light goes out, leaving the Brake light on while the handbrake is still pulled out.

Next is to find the buzzer that I think I'm supposed to have and see why it's not working.

I also found some detailed info in the FSM concerning checking the gauges and instrument cluster items, so I'll be diving into that as well at some point. :wrench:

subzali
09-02-2011, 07:48 AM
Egr

Can you expound on this? I only have two sets of wires coming through my wire harness and the FSM and Haynes don't make any indiciation of an EGR indicator. I thought it might be the 4wd indicator, but I think that's in the instrument cluster and only for vacuum-operated 4wd.

Very cool! I just noticed on mine that neither of these lights work. Where did you order the bulbs from?

Pep Boys. I'm sure other parts stores have them. #73 mini-wedge:
http://www.elightbulbs.com/Sylvania-34091-73-Miniature-Automotive-Light-Bulb

Jacket
09-02-2011, 08:06 AM
I can take a look at how it's put together on mine, but as I recall it's a dummy indicator that is tied into a secondary odometer, and designed to illuminate when the EGR system should be "checked" at periodic intervals.

Jacket
09-02-2011, 09:10 AM
On mine, it's two wires into the indicator: a yellow wire and a white/black (presumably ground). The yellow wire finds its way through the firewall and into a harness on the speed sensor (which is where I presume there's an odometer).

Maybe its a '76 thing and not a '77 thing?

subzali
09-02-2011, 09:35 AM
Perhaps, it sounds too fancy for a 40 though. Could you post up a picture when you get a chance? The face of mine is broken so I don't know if it ever had lettering on it.

Jacket
09-02-2011, 02:32 PM
Indicator
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/FJ40/egr1.JPG

The plug with the white and yellow wires in the center of the picture is the back of the EGR indicator.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/FJ40/egr2.JPG

The green plug facing downward with the yellow wire (and black wire) coming out is where it goes.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/FJ40/egr3.JPG

subzali
09-03-2011, 07:29 AM
Thanks Matt! I looked at the Haynes manual, and sure enough '76 and '77 are different in this regard. So has the sensor ever gone off since you have owned your 40? I wonder if it's something you reset or if it just goes on for a period of time and then goes off again.

Actually, it looks as if from '76-'77 both styles are available. Huh.