Nice ride! Before doing anything else check out a electrical connector in a firewall
This was an excellent tip, thanks! At least key warning buzzer, key light, map light, trunk light and dome lights started working just by cleaning the firewall connectors! And maybe something else as well, which I have not yet noticed. But the gauge lights still didn't. I sprayed as much lubricating contact cleaner as possible without taking the switch apart and rolled the adjustment back and forth multiple times. After this I got very weak light, so you can barely notice it. I may repeat this, at least if I need to take dismantle the dash for some other reason and have better access to the switch. Are there LED replacement bulbs that work in gauge lightning?
Next issue i tried to solve was the hazard flasher, it doesn't work. When the switch is on, and I press the brake pedal, the front turn signals light up. Sounds a bit like grounding issue to me. But I haven't been able to locate the flasher relay, where should it be? I found the turn signal and key light relays close to the hood opening handle. But anyway, after the good experience of cleaning the bulkhead connectors I started cleaning and lubricating all the electrical connectors and ground points that I can get my hands on without dismantling anything. The connectors inside the car seem to be ok, but the ones in engine compartment not so. After that I'll check if any of the faults have left the vehicle.
Last week I received some more documentation for the car, almost all from the period of 2nd ownership. The only info that I have about the 1st ownership is that the car was sold as new on Nov 18, 1969 in Winnipeg by Penner Dodge Chrysler Ltd to Victoria Park Development Ltd. It was delivered to the owner on Nov 26 at 10:00 AM local time.
Second owner bought it in 1976 with 1.500 (presumably Canadian) dollars, odometer reading 75.930 ml. The 2nd owner has kept a very detailed record of any maintenance done to the car. For example 30 oil changes, in average after 1000 mls and 14 mths. Paint job in 1979 for 600 dollars. 9 mentions of "tune up", rebuilt carb" or "new carb". The "new" rubber that presumably is still under the car with almost no wear (but lots of tear) was purchased in 1996. "New brakes - everything" in 1982 with 93 kml. It now has 104 kml, so it's no wonder the breakes were in very good condition -something that can't be said about the brake fluid though, lots of rusty junk in the reservoir. There's also couple of photos from 1977 with comment Kildonan Drive Winnipeg. Quite cool
The last record is from July 2nd 2006 with 104.623 ml. The car was sold to the 3rd owner in 2012 and has now the reading of 104.756 ml - so 133 miles in 14 years if the odometer is working! I guess it has been sitting a bit longer than I thought! No wonder that it has so much small issues - but a small miracle that nothing is seized.
And for my Finnish speaking audience there is more (you need to sign in to be able to see the photos and to enter the first showroom link):
Pertin Kotkotukset - Sivu 13