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Slinky


Revvin Up
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posted March 05, 2013 02:04 PM

headlights inop

so my center headlights do not work....at all...

haven't traced the wiring far back enough to see if they where disconnected, still hunting.

can anyone tell me how they are activated on oem trucks? do they run off the high or low beam switch?

the old owner has a ghetto rigged toggle switch for the lights....so it may be disconnected.

i am working on converting all the headlight controls off a main toggle, then a floor control for high beams (like 70's ford trucks" so any info would really help! i'd like to see once i get my truck back on the road....



thanks!

       
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jm1fd


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Posts: 83
posted March 06, 2013 04:10 AM

As I recall, the "center" lights are the high beams, they have one filament. The outer lights are low/high beams, and they have two filaments. They should switch filaments when you go to high beam. On my '77, high beams are engaged by pulling the blinker stalk toward you.

       
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eldudo


1st Gear
Posts: 25
posted March 06, 2013 09:58 AM

Does the stalk "click" into on highbeam mode when you pull it? Mine seem to be a momentary thing, when I let go of the stalk they go back to low-beam. I can't tell if my multi-switch is broken or if it was that way stock.

       
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Slinky


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posted March 06, 2013 01:59 PM

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As I recall, the "center" lights are the high beams, they have one filament. The outer lights are low/high beams, and they have two filaments. They should switch filaments when you go to high beam. On my '77, high beams are engaged by pulling the blinker stalk toward you.


high beams work, center lights do not work at all. going to check the wiring this weekend if i can get around the damn radiator and see whats going on. hell, old owner may have unplugged them for some stupid reason....

thanks for the response though. now i know where to start. may just be as simple as wiring them back into the headlight switch

       
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chuyler1


Hauling
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posted March 08, 2013 07:10 AM

If your outside lights switch to highbeam mode the combo switch and wiring is probably fine. Most likely the previous owner disconnected the center lights because they popped fuses. Make sure you don't install high output bulbs in either light fixture. The cheapest ones available at your part store are all that is required. When both sets are on they come close to maxing out the amperage allowed for the circuit. Upgraded white or blue bulbs will draw too much current.

       
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Slinky


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posted March 11, 2013 12:18 AM

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If your outside lights switch to highbeam mode the combo switch and wiring is probably fine. Most likely the previous owner disconnected the center lights because they popped fuses. Make sure you don't install high output bulbs in either light fixture. The cheapest ones available at your part store are all that is required. When both sets are on they come close to maxing out the amperage allowed for the circuit. Upgraded white or blue bulbs will draw too much current.


I'm just trying to get them working, i could care less about high output of blue bulbs.I just want them working until i can find the spare cash for dual HID's. still trying to find a headlight housing that'll work for the truck. I really like to see, and so far the factory headlights are very unimpressive...especially since i onlt have half working haha

I'll be sure to check those fuses

       
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