Stereo replacement started the issue and a fuse was blown when it was hooked up incorrectly. The incorrect hookup was that the dash line was connected with the switched 12v line into stereo. At that time not only did the interior fuse blow for the dash but also the fuse in the engine compartment blew for the radio.
Now everything is hooked up the way it should be (with a harness), speaker wires, switched 12v line, battery 12v line and ground. The only problem is that the dash light that turns on with the headlight doesn't come on. The clock is lit and dims properly when the headlights switch on. All other dash lights (engine, high beam, etc.) work fine.
The other interesting thing to me is that when the headlight is turned on the the shift position indicator light also turns off (this is an automatic.) This lead me to believe that perhaps the dimmer switch got fried when the stereo was hooked up wrong so I pulled it out and connected the ground line through directly with a wire. With this the shift position light stays on when the headlights are turned on but I still don't have the main dash light.
Any ideas on what else I should check? I triple checked every fuse in both fuse boxes.
It would be really nice to see how fast I'm going at night again.
Please help before I get a speeding ticket