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APPilotDave
(@appilotdave)
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Does anyone have a good part number or source for the light bulb sockets that self retain in the instrument panel for instrument lighting at night?

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Posted : 31/07/2019 5:55 pm
resto108
(@resto108)
Estimable Member

I looked on mine and don't see a single mark. Sorry.

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Posted : 03/08/2019 9:46 am
Bob Pustell
(@rjpustellgmail-com)
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You should be able to buy some from Earl Allen, he parts out 108's as a side job and sells the stuff at very fair prices.

Bob and Pat and the two Stinsons

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Posted : 01/12/2019 5:04 am
lawheelock
(@lawheelock)
Honorable Member

My Stinson had had the original panel lighting removed before I bought it in 1968 as it had had the panel upgraded before I got it.  However, one 108-0 that i did a lot of panel work on a few years ago still had the original panel.  Best I remember, the panel lights were bayonet bulbs and sockets much like and identical to various old radio lighting.  So, a possible source is electronics supply houses like Newark, Mouser, etc.  I just checked their websites and they have #53 Chicago Miniature Lamp bulbs but only sell in quantities of 3000 minimum.  I am also finding that sources of parts like I used to buy to build radios and amateur equipment are almost non-existent now days.  The #53 lamp is a miniature bayonet base 14V lamp.  As I recall that is what may have been used in the Stinson panels.  In many applications they can be held in with a suitable rubber grommet,  I find that no one seems to stock the sockets for these any more.  LEDs have taken over everything. I did find one source of vintage radio parts that has the #53 bulbs:

http://www.radiodaze.com/

They have the #53 bulbs for $3,55 for a box of 10,  That seems very reasonable. But they do not have any stock of the various sockets that these bulbs will fit.  Best source is to find an old ham radio operator that has a well stocked "junk" box and you should be able to find sockets.  I probably have some but they are in my junk boxes in Terre Haute and I am 1300 miles away in Texas and won't be back there until June.  I just checked Spruce and they have the #53 bulbs for $0.67 each in the catalog, but no sockets.

I did the lighting of my panel in both the Stinson and the Mooney with surplus Grimes eyebrow lights.  Not original, but I am not an originality  freak.  I am a safety and practicality freak. 

A possible source of Grimes lighting parts is:

https://fairradio.com

 

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

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Posted : 02/12/2019 1:09 am
Will Ware (Webmaster)
(@stinsono)
Member Admin

@lawheelock

Great stuff Larry. Im guessing you have a whole list of places to purchase various items for the Stinson. 

If so would you consider donating a copy to the club so we can share the members?

Thanks

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Posted : 02/12/2019 2:19 am
lawheelock
(@lawheelock)
Honorable Member

@stinsono

No list!  Just 70+  years of remembering stuff.  It takes creative thinking and a broad spectrum of personal interests.  No time to make a list. 

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

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Posted : 02/12/2019 6:19 am
Will Ware (Webmaster)
(@stinsono)
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Posted by: @lawheelock

@stinsono

No list!  Just 70+  years of remembering stuff.  It takes creative thinking and a broad spectrum of personal interests.  No time to make a list. 

That’s a shame, you have accumulated a lot of knowledge and it would be great to archive that so we don’t loose it over time. 

 

That is the ISC’s goal over the next year, is to collect, organize and expose this info for our members. That is why we have archived the Yahoo Group & Facebook data bases. 

 

YG and FB are both good resources, but individuals like yourself and others are also “Keepers” of knowledge. Knowing where to purchase parts or find resources is something we need to continually improve. 

 

If you have time, please jot down your notes and send them to webmaster@stinsionclub.org and we will ensure they are properly retained.

 

Thanks

This post was modified 3 days ago by Will Ware (Webmaster)
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Posted : 02/12/2019 4:51 pm
Dennis Crenshaw
(@dcn6102m)
Estimable Member

Once in a while a string of the indirect panel lights will pop up on eBay under the Stinson listings.  The indirect panel lights on the Stinson are one of the cool things (among many) that I like about our birds.  Of course, I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to my airplane and its panel, which is mostly original in its layout.  Years ago I took my bulbs out and dipped them in some thinned red paint so that they give a nice red indirect glow behind my panel.

Dennis Crenshaw.  N6102M.

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Posted : 03/12/2019 1:22 am
Will Ware (Webmaster)
(@stinsono)
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Posted by: @dcn6102m

Once in a while a string of the indirect panel lights will pop up on eBay under the Stinson listings.  The indirect panel lights on the Stinson are one of the cool things (among many) that I like about our birds.  Of course, I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to my airplane and its panel, which is mostly original in its layout.  Years ago I took my bulbs out and dipped them in some thinned red paint so that they give a nice red indirect glow behind my panel.

Dennis Crenshaw.  N6102M.

Prob not what you were talking about, but....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stinson-108-3-Indicator-Light-Set-14V-RM/332155303819?hash=item4d55ffb78b:g:uC4AAOSwCU1YyWnc

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Posted : 03/12/2019 5:07 am
domurray
(@domurray)
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I have seen them pop up on eBay but I would call Earl Allen to check what he has. I converted all my bulbs on my Stinson to LED’s from a company called Aero-lites.com. Very reasonable and in my opinion one of the very best modifications to reduce loads on your generator and improve safety. Especially replacement of the landing lights. The LED’s do not heat up or have much draw.

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Posted : 04/12/2019 12:36 pm
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