Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

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Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby StevePT » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:25 pm

Well for those of you that have the lame dome light they used in the 81-87 Pups which seemed to always break off the cover, here's a good conversion for you.

All of the Pups, regardless of whether they were LS trim level or not, included the cutouts and weld nuts in the doors for mounting the door activated switch for a dome light. My Pup had black plastic plugs in the holes, but as you can see below I now have the switches in my doors.

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I found this dome light in a junkyard Isuzu that was I believe about a '91 or '92 model. The cutout in the roof header isn't quite large enough to fit this dome light so I had to cut away at the bottom right corner of the cutout with a dremel cut-off wheel and remove just a bit of material. It's not much, but you have to do it to keep the ring terminals from touching the metal and shorting out.

I got a couple of flat blade terminal connectors, some wire and a wire splice. I used some mechanics wire to fish the wire through the cab, left plenty of excess wire and then cut and spliced everything. Now I have a nice bright dome light that comes on with the driver and/or passenger doors.

A word of note. These door switches are definitely susceptible to corrosion so I had to clean out the area that makes contact to ground and also chase the threads in the weldnuts since they'd never been used.

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Postby arrowmntdiesel » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:42 pm

Steve,

Looks Great! I know what a good feeling it is to fix the little details , not only to fix but to improve. Looks like you did a nice job also. Thanks for the tip and the pictures also.

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Postby Paul » Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:31 pm

Hey Steve--

Nice job on the upgrade. I especially like the later model lamp as the earlier ones are quite tacky.

I have upgraded my truck as well with the addition of a second lamp from an '84 upspec truck (I think these were LS's). This lamp looks pretty good and is located forward a bit. Of course I have a blue lamp in a tan interior. Suppose I could paint it. Photo attached.

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Postby puttputtinpup » Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:26 am

Nice work. I just carry a little flashlight.
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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby JoeIsuzu » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:07 pm

Steve just referred someone to this post, and that prompted me to take another look at it. It's a good standalone "How-To" article, so I've moved it the that section. Just so nobody misses it, it's still a "Shadow Topic" in the original section it was in.

Nicely done, Steve!

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Re: Interior Lights

Postby JoeIsuzu » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:03 am

Paul wrote:I have upgraded my truck as well with the addition of a second lamp from an '84 upspec truck (I think these were LS's).
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Paul,

That lamp looks exactly like the one I just pulled from an '86 SpaceCab LS. I won't need it, because I want one that will fit in the original location. If anyone wants it, I'll post this in "Parts".

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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby arrowmntdiesel » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:32 pm

OK,
I have a question relating to this issue. Here is a picture of a LS model truck cab that had this dome light in it. The headliner has been removed and this is the mount that the light get bolted to.

The question is.. Do all of the cabs have this bracket underneith the headliner or is it just the LS trucks?

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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby kravdraa » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:38 am

I installed a single flourscent bulb fixture in mine. It was battery powered, requred 8 batteries whaich equates to 12 VDC.
A couiple of screws and into the original waring harness. Now I have a real nice BRIGHT light that realy helps my dim eyes.
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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby JoeIsuzu » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:05 am

Can you tell us where you got it, and show a photo?

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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:58 pm

StevePT,
I ran across an old 4 dr Trooper a while back, and got all 5 switches(one on the back door too). There a little different design, but they work in the same hole as the Pups.
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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby kravdraa » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:50 pm

I bought th elight at an AutoZone parts store. I suppose you could get one anyplace. THe bulb is about 1/2" diameter and about 6-7 " long. Simple, single flourscent bulb.
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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby Paul » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:38 am

Mark--

When I added the LS dome light to my '84 I found no mounting bracket. So, I made one from wood and glued it to the overhead. Been a while. Can't remember what kind of glue. Might have been the industrial version of Shoe Goop.

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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby arrowmntdiesel » Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:56 pm

Thanks Paul for the responce!

I did save the bracket on that particular truck before it went back to the wrecking yard and it also was glued to the roof out in the "field" of the roof. It did have two or three spot welds up near the mirror mount. I can't imagine having that mount in all of the trucks, didn't make alot of since??

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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby StevePT » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:08 pm

Mark,

I don't have that bracket in either my '82 or '86 P'ups. Both are STD trim level.

Good job on snagging that bracket before it went to the scrap yard.
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Re: Dome Light Upgrade - 81-87 Pup

Postby JoeIsuzu » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:52 pm

I found another light that fits nicely. It was in a '90-something Geo Tracker (made by Suzuki) and the identical one was in a Suzuki Sprint (I think). It does not require a recess at all, so it does not have to fit a hole. I re-used one screw-hole from the original light, and had to drill the other one. Here's a night shot, with it on. I'll post another when I can get a daylight shot.

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