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Interior light

PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:55 pm

Can anyone please measure for me the location of the interior light on a RHD S4. I forgot to record this info before I re veneered the dash.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:20 pm

Hi Keith,
On mine the lens fixing screw centres are 1/2" from the top edge of the dash and the RH screw centre is 1.2" to the left of the dash fixing screw or 3" from the centre of the heater knob hole centre.

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:39 pm

heres another couple of photos
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mount insert and radio opening align vertically and I burned 10 inches off the tape.
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From the base/bottom of the dash
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:50 pm

Thanks guys exactely what I wanted. In the process of rewireing my dash with a new harness.
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PostPost by: Frank Howard » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:39 am

When I refinish my dash, the interior light is not going back in as it is no longer necessary. I got fed up with the lack of day/night adjustment on the rear view mirror especially with the advent of all of those SUVs with their high mounted headlights. The original mirror was practically usless at night and the interior light shines directly into your eyes as well. When I replaced the mirror with a modern one, it came with a pair of interior lights built into it. Way better as they do not shine directly into your eyes and as a bonus, the dash will be that much cleaner without the original light. The mirror came out of a Mercury Capri. It comes in many Ford cars.

I consider this to be a safety improvment, one that should have been included in the car when it was manufactured. I can't understand how Lotus managed to avoid using day/night mirrors into the early 1970s as they were required on all cars sold in the U.S. beginning in the mid 1960s.
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