F-4D-31-MC 66-7773 Front Instrument Panel
The way it looked when I got it.
The original restoration and illumination
for the instrumentation, warning lights,
sight/scope and floods.
The MISSILE STATUS PANEL,
MISSILE CONT/LABS/WPN REL
OVERLAY and switch are reproductions.
The original stand I made so it sits on a
table without resting on the rear of the
instruments. Also the brackets to mount
the scope/site to the panel.  I have the
Center Pedestal Panel, Utility Panel and
Telelight Panel coming. As soon as they
arrive I'll be making a stand similar to
the one Bob made for his panel. This will
be incorporated into this stand.
I gathered some real goodies for the panel. I also obtained the 5 Volume
TDDR-50E Electrical/Mechanical Manual for an F-4E.  Most of the Panel
wiring is the same as a D. It was very useful  doing additional wiring for the
HSI, AN/ALR-45 and the Missile Status Panel.
The Real Pieces
MISSILE STATUS PANEL
The READY lights
function through the
SAFE/ARM switch.
WEAPONS PANEL OVERLAY
(Edge lit panel)
Repairing the Overlay
was a real challenge. It
didn't come out as well as
I would have liked but, it's
a lot better than it was.
Safety wire bracket for
the SAFE/ARM switch
was removed and the holes
filled.
Weapons release switch is
real.
BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
MAIN PANEL
CENTER PEDESTAL PANEL
SIDE UTILITY PANELS
The Gear and Flap Indicators are wired through the Landing/Taxi Lights switch. Switch in the up
position, all Indicators indicate UP. Switch in the down position, Gear indicates DWN, LE  
indicates DWN and TE indicates 1/2. Take-off configuration.
July 14, 1967- First flight.
July 25, 1967- Gained by USAF
July 27, 1967- Fly away.
July 1967- 4531st TFW (TAC), Homestead AFB, FL (deployment to Eglin AFB FL)
Jan. 1968- 4th TFW (TAC), Seymour Johnson AFB, NC (deployments to Kunsan
AB Korea, Kwanju AB Korea, Spangdahlem AB Germany, Holloman AFB NM, and
MCAS El Toro CA)
Mar. 1971- 8th TFW (PACAF), Ubon RTAFB, Thailand
Jun. 1974- 388th TFW (PACAF), Korat RTAFB, Thailand (deployment to Clark AB
Philippines)
Dec. 1975- 8th TFW (PACAF), Kunsan AB, Korea (deployment to Clark AB
Philippines)
Oct. 1978- 8 TFW (WP) (PACAF), Taegu AB, Korea
May 1987- 507 TFG, 465 TFS (SH) (AFRES), Tinker AFB, OK (Commander's aircraft)
Sep. 1988- 89 TFS (DO) (AFRES), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
October 12, 1989- AMARC AAFP0337, Tucson, AZ.
May 1997- Dropped from inventory as surplus.
May 1, 1997- HVF West Scrap Yard, Tucson, AZ.
May 12, 1997- Fritz Ent., Taylor, MI.
AN/ALR-45(V) COUNTERMEASURE RADAR WARNING RECEIVER
(COMPASS TIE)
Internal lighting is through pin 1
(G) and 14 (+28V). I ran separate
wires into the unit for power.
Power switch lights as soon as
power is applied. Others light when
depressed. To light them
permanently, you'll have to open
the case and solder jumpers to the
back of the switches. Dimmer
control also works.
All the original   parts were completely refinished.
The panel display complete and mounted on a stand. I gathered the goodies for
the Control Stick with many thanks to Bob D. for his expertise in Phantom
parts hunting and his gimble sketch.
The power supplies, switches and wiring. I used a terminal
strip to connect the power supplies and connectors on the
wiring for the left and right sub-panels and center pedestal. If
I ever have to take the display apart, all I have to do is remove
the wires from the terminal strip and unplug the connectors.
The second power supply is 20 VDC to power the right sub
panel and the Gear and Flap Position Indicators.
Everything that I could get to light lights.
ELECTRICAL
COMPLETED PANEL
CONTROL STICK ASSY.
I didn't want to strip
the transducer either
and the 30+ years of
paint was too much to
sand off. Since the
paint was so thick,
once I got under a
layer, it was rather
easy to chip off. Then
a light sanding, prime
and paint.
The side panels
were stripped,
sanded, primed
and painted.
I didn't want to strip the
fiberglass cap but it was
rather rough so a heavy
sanding, some filling, more
sanding, prime and painted.
Transducer was attached to a 10" piece of 1 1/2" diameter
steel exhaust tubing by two flat head sheet metal screws.
Wood box covered with
22 ga. sheet metal.
All sheet metal was attached to box
before being sanded, primed and
painted.
Boot is a rear boot I cut apart
and modified so it would fit. I
know, my sewing skills leave
something to be desired. It
has since been replaced with
a NOS correct one.
Everything was trial fit a
number of times before
commiting to paint.