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Old 05-18-2017, 03:55 PM   #171 (permalink)
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So I gutted the stock instrument cluster so I could see through.

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Old 05-18-2017, 03:56 PM   #172 (permalink)
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With the key off it looks like this.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:58 PM   #173 (permalink)
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With the key on I can see the Prius cluster on the firewall.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:04 PM   #174 (permalink)
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Excellent. Did your Prius also come with the "MID" multi-info display screen? The one that had the MPG screens. I don't know if it was standard on the 1st gen or not.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:58 PM   #175 (permalink)
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That is seriously cool!
Bet the photo doesn't do it right, as it focuses on the glass and not the cluster on the firewall. Can you see the whole of it?
Maybe, if possible, bring the cluster up a bit?
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Yes, I do have a MID. I'm working on that. That's going to be challenging. I may put it behind glass too. Off to the side. I also thought about putting it in the glove box. Still working that one out. As far as view on the gauge cluster, it's better in person for sure.
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I've run Hella H-4s halogens since the 1980s, when they were only legal in the USofA in Oregon and Washington state.

I really liked the halogens for the low beam cut-off. On low beam, when the car bounces, you can see the line move back and forth on the pavement. On high beam, they have more 'reach' than the LEDs I have now.

The aluminum tape is an attempt to fix the low beam cutoff. As daytime running lights, they are excellent and I do most of my driving in daylight nowadays.
Modern lighting is money well spent!

I've run Hellas on my old pickup since the 90's as they were about the only available at the time. While the Hellas were great back then and are still a great choice, there are others now that are available and that I like better.

If I were to get a new set of housings now, I'd likely go with locally made, VisionX:
https://www.visionxusa.com/shop/5-75...n-sealed-beam/

Unfortunately, I really need some wiring/alternator upgrades in my truck to really use the higher wattage bulbs. But you shouldn't have that problem with your Prius/truck.

LED replacement lights are really quite awesome now too (not just an LED bulb in a housing) and can produce more light with a better pattern than even most HIDs. The next classic car I work on will likely get a set of these:
https://headlightrevolution.com/unit...tor-headlight/
as they don't look too goofy but put out a phenomenal amount of light, while only needing a fairly low amperage.
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3's a trend?

Maybe putting hybrid drivetrains into classics is becoming "a thing"...

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Old 05-23-2017, 12:57 PM   #179 (permalink)
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With the key on I can see the Prius cluster on the firewall.
That seems to be the best solution to avoid any major change to the original appearance. Good for teasing the unsuspecting audience at car shows until they figure out what you've done.
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