Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 1, 2008

As we age, things get harder for all of us. For some it's hearing, others it's their knees, but for many it's their vision. As your vision fades, it takes longer to focus on items. A big issue for those with vision problems is night driving. Between the darkness, oncoming headlights, and dim gauge illumination, it can be a real struggle for some to safely drive at night. The dimly lit gauges of a classic Ford's stock instrumentation just aren't confidence inspiring when you get behind the wheel at the end of a cruise night to drive home. It's even worse when you hop from a modern car with backlit gauges into your classic. Then your original gauges look even dimmer.

But fret not, there is a way to increase your instrumentation's visibility. One of the more noticeable ways is to replace the stock cluster with aftermarket gauges that are backlit (like modern cars). Depending upon the model of gauge and how you mount them in your dash, you could spend anywhere from $300 to well over $1,000 to get a dash that's easy to read at night. While it's a sound and viable option for many who are also looking for something different, simply upgrading the stock illumination to modern LED bulbs is a huge leap in readability at night for those who want a more stock appearing dash, simply don't have the budget for such an upgrade, or do not have an aftermarket housing available for their model of car to install new gauges. By simply replacing your dash illumination, turn signal, high beam, and warning light bulbs with long lasting and super bright LEDs, your dash will be much easier to read at night with just a little manual labor and only a few bucks out of your project car fund. Take a look as we upgrade a '65-'66 Mustang five-dial instrument cluster with Mustang Project's green LED bulb kit.

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