Hey everyone, I have a pretty serious issue here. I have been working on my 1979 Trans am trying to revive it and I have recently ran into some electrical issues. The previous owner smashed the steering collum to get it running instead of just waiting till the owner before him could find the keys. Well I had a spare one and after fixing that one up a little, I stuck it in today. The plan was to bolt it up, and take the T/A down to my friends house to start cutting and replacing floor panels. Well just before we bolted the collum into place my buddy said why not stick the cluster back in now what we have more room. I had previously taken the dash bezel out to get back there and fix some issues with the heater, rear defrost switch, lights, and see if there was any more lose wiring back there. So we put the cluster in, turned the key on to check it out and the gauge cluster has gone NUTS! Before we put it in the head lights wouldn't work, but once we put it in, they work, good! But now NONE of the gauges work. When you put the turn signals on every gauge twitch's with it, except for the fuel and volt gauge, they remain dead to the world. When you start it up the tach pins itself and when you goose the throttle, it dances around a little but thats all. The light for the rear defrost stays on, the high beam indicator light on the gauge cluster comes on when the running lights are on, and it turns off when the high beams are actually on. I tried to undo the work I did, unhook the battery, re hook it, nothing wants to work. All that happened was that one turn signals indicator light turned on, and remained on no matter what, didn't even flash. Then later I go out to try the clutch out since I just adjusted it, I hook the battery up, fire it up, and everything works right, but when I start checking the lights, the turn signal indicator light doesn't work, the high beam indicator light doesn't work, and all the sudden the guages go back to the way they where. I didnt cut anything, it was all plug and play. The rear defrost wasn't plugged in properly so I fixed that, and thats that. Other then that I changed the bulbs out in the gauge cluster and thats absolutely all. After this work was done, the key buzzer and seat belt buzzer have started to work proprly, so I guess that could be a upside!
On second thought, maybe not, anyone who has ever heard that horrid key buzzer sound knows what I mean
I have NO idea what the hell happened here, but I would REALLY appreciate some help. I swear its a joke sometimes, one step forward, two steps back. Anyways, I have faith you guys will know whats going on!
Thanks in advance!