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    New project Im working on aside from stripes and decals is a lighted Lightning Rods top plate in which the word "LIGHTNING RODS" and gear selection lights up.
    Last night I drafed up an exact dimensional model in Solidworks in 86-88 Teak wood, tonight Im working on the lighted mechanisms.
    There are a few ideas I am contemplating.

    A stock look using a brass or aluminum base plate (depening on if I want the original golden hue or aluminum to match the vacuum metalized trim on the dash pieces), vinyl wood grain overlay, injection molded white alpha numerics, slider system on levers to shade unused digits.

    A custom look with a clear rapid prototype plate or CNC tinted, white or clear plastic, painted black background where it says "Lightning Rods" and let light eminate out the beveled contours and alpha numerics, use the slider system as described above.
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    The same two conceps above but with LED's and use a neutral saftey switch type device to light up gear selection and or color changing LED's for the bevels or "Lightning Rods" (my favorite so far).

    I'm working on all options right now and if any of them become cost effective I will offer a few for sale but as of now I can see this not being cheap by any means when you start involving CNC and molding, but you never know... just something that I've always wanted to do to brighten up the console area a little at night. These Gbody interiors are dark...


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    we are on the same page. i've dreaming of this for years i just dont have the technical knowlege to make it happen.

    is the trim supposed to have a golden hue or a chrome? i have one of each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88 Cutty Classic View Post
    we are on the same page. i've dreaming of this for years i just dont have the technical knowlege to make it happen.

    is the trim supposed to have a golden hue or a chrome? i have one of each.
    It's supposed to have a light gold tint to it, my NOS one is gold and I've seen used ones that still retained the gold hue to it but some may think it's yellowing...

    I spoke to my friend a couple of months ago on getting a couple plates machined and his shop is too busy to get his stuff even done.
    I may just modify a few originals to start with.
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    my 84 one is the gold one and my 83 one is straight chrome with no hints of gold anywhere. i've seen both at shows on mint originals with mostly chrome look. personally the gold looks like it doesnt belong. Is there possibly more to this? some kind of production change?

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    Interesting, I have one NOS and one slightly used NOS that has a few surface defects, I've never bothered to notice before I just assumed... I'll have to check but IIRC the gold on one of them was very faint.
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    85 442 White/Sage
    84 H/O Aero Commemorative #2199 - Sunroof
    83 H/O #2400 Sand Gray - Sunroof
    83 H/O #1607 Sand Gray - T-tops
    83 H/O #727 Maple
    "Keep them Rockets lit!"

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    This is why the HOCA newsletters need to cover the 83-84 cars a lil more. There is so much info that needs to be unearthed about these cars and the people that had involement are still alive so they need to get to it while they can.

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