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#1213925 - Thu Apr 20 2017 05:03 AM Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch  
Eureka Jim  Online
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I acquired an old AD headlight switch in a box of spare parts at a garage sale. I was hoping to use it in place of the one in my '48 GMC that came with the new wiring harness installed by the previous owner.
Everything worked on the AD switch except the rheostat which doesn't work with the new switch either!
In getting the truck ready for its inspection I decided to add back up lights and a back up alarm and use the old switch.
There was a hole already drilled even with the lighter but more centered in the dash. I mounted the switch and wired it so that the first pull turns on the lights and the second pull sounds the alarm. That way I can choose whether to have the alarm sound or not.
It looks great with its original knob and kind of looks like it has always been there.
Now all I need is another old switch---with a working rheostat---to get my truck looking right again.



#1213928 - Thu Apr 20 2017 05:20 AM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
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Great idea, thanks.


#1214091 - Fri Apr 21 2017 12:04 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
brokenhead  Offline
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you oughta have the alarm come on first so you don't leave your backup lights on, and either kill the battery, or be driving around with the back up lights on.


#1214112 - Fri Apr 21 2017 03:27 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
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If you have a SM420, you could consider installing a backup switch in the gearbox so when you shift into reverse, the switch is activated. Adding an alarm or horn to the circuit seems like a great idea.




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#1214135 - Fri Apr 21 2017 07:00 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
Eureka Jim  Online
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Thanks for the replies. It's easy enough to change and have the alarm first, then the lights or both at the same time. I like the alarm when I'm in a parking lot but find it annoying-as does one of my family members-when I'm in the driveway.
I really just like how it looks in the dash, better than a new non-matching switch or one that clamps to the lower edge of the dash and hangs down.


#1214228 - Sat Apr 22 2017 03:25 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
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You can keep the set up the same (there are times when you don't want the alarm) and still eliminate the worry of leaving the lights on (it will happen) by adding a little noise maker inside the cab that comes on with the lights.
Yes, I'm sure it looks good on the dash.


#1214299 - Sun Apr 23 2017 04:34 AM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Jim Sears]  
Eureka Jim  Online
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Jim, a little noise maker is a great idea! Not that I'd ever forget to turn the lights off.
As Firesign Theatre famously asked and then answered: "what kind of fool do you take me for? First Class!"


#1214322 - Sun Apr 23 2017 02:29 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: Eureka Jim]  
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there is a reason I mentioned that....


#1214346 - Sun Apr 23 2017 06:25 PM Re: Re-purposing An Old Headlight Switch [Re: brokenhead]  
Eureka Jim  Online
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Brokenhead, experience is a great teacher. Ask me about the pizza on the roof incident.



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