Today I called or drove to nearly a dozen junkyards looking for items on my punch list. Things weren't going very well untill I called an out-of-town yard. They had a 93 SSEi that had my name written all over it. When I got there, the car was black and the interior was gray. Unfortunately, I have a green/tan combo so the dashboard, console and visors I couldn't get. But I was able to grab the instrument cluster, blower motor control module and one of the headlight squirters for $75.
I was crossing my fingers that the cluster worked correctly as the keys were not available to test it prior to removal. I was all excited when I pulled into the driveway. During the installation, I noticed that the cluster was a reman unit. This can be looked at being a blessing or another nightmare. After plugging it in and firing the car up, I was a little dissapointed. The temp and oil pressure gauges were not operating properly. Both of the gauges performed their start-up dance and then the oil pressure gague was pegged even without the motor running. The temp gauge looked as if it was a small boat on a rough sea. It fluctuated up and down slowly.
Oh well, it'* an improvement over the last one. I think tomorrow, I'll try cleaning the connectors with an electronics spray to see if that helps