Door panel lighting: (sorry I didn't take any detailed photos when I did this)
The original lighting in the front door that shines o... Show morento the arm rest control panel is an amber LED. I changed that to a blue LED. First step is to take the door panel off. I won't go into too much detail but I (1) popped off the control panel from the front, (2) unscrewed the switchgear from the panel, (3) removed 4 screws on the door panel, (4) popped off panel, (5) disconnected the green main electrical connector.
In the 2 pictures above you can see the clear plastic bezel that holds the LED and resistor. (1) I disconnected the grey connector and pulled the plastic bezel & wiring from the door panel so I could work on it. (2) I carefully worked the LED&resistor out of the bezel. Once out, (3) I clipped the wires right where the wire insulation stops. KEEP THE LED&RESISTOR INTACT if you do this! You will need this to copy the same shape for the new blue LED and resistor. Below is the amber LED and resistor I removed from my car:
The blue LED I used is from Radio Shack part 276-311 which runs at a voltage of 5V at 20 mA (typically). brightness is 300mcd. To insure a very long life I sized my resistor for a current of 15 mA when the car's interior lighting is at full brightness. Voltmeter measured ~12V at the connector. So I used a 470 ohm resistor. Formula for this is R = (12V - 5V) / 15mA.
I soldered up the new LED and resistor just like the original. Note the longer step on the LED is the positive end and should connect to the blue/red wire. The shorter stem is connected to the resistor and then the black ground wire. I tested this before actual soldering. Eventually I inserted this back into the bezel. I attached it to the door panel and reconnected the wiring. I also added some electrical tape to block leaking light. Reconnected the main electrical and remounted the door panel.
Radio Shack does have a much brigher blue LED now, 276-316 with a voltage of 3.7V at 20mA. It is rated at 2600mcd! I haven't tried it, but a similar resistor sizing strategy for a max current of 15mA would require a resistor of about 500 ohm.
Here's some close-ups of the headlights:
After a web search, I followed some directions to remove the lenses from the main headlight & corner light housings. Then I masked off the parabolic part of the inside with tape and painted the remaining chrome areas with black engine enamel. I resealed with clear RTV adhesive sealant. The chrome surrounding the lights were scratched up with sand paper, primed with etching primer then painted gloss black. The lincoln star in the side marker housing was covered with chrome tape to contrast with the new black surround.
Combined with a blacked out grille (painted the grill frame and the skinny vertical slats gloss black), the blacked out headlights give the front end a real menacing look! Show Less