Her's a follow up to the problem... hopefully somebody will find this of use when looking through the archives.
A mechanic pulled the intrument cluster with a pair of long, straight, thin Allen Keys bent 90 degrees 1/4" from the ends. Inserted them where the dash meets the air vents on either side of the cluster, twisted and pulled. After disconnecting the bulbs, and a few other wires a quik inspection revealed a broken solder joint on, what I believe, was the dimmer pot... a quik and easy repair.
Now I have my dash and console lights working again, making night time driving a little bit more enjoyable.
Cheers for now.