I took the cluster out of my '68 and got it up on the workbench, then went about fixing
any evident flaws in the board. After that, all new bulbs went in and were bench-tested
right then by use of a battery and probes.
Once I got it all working on the bench, only then did it go back in the car.
The pins on the main wiring harness connector are of primary concern, though - they come
loose often and are a bugger to repair without damaging other surrounding stuff.