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#1225860 - Mon Jul 17 2017 02:13 AM 56-3200 turn signals  
LeeD  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Mar 2017
Posts: 50
Texas
I am working on getting ready to start a rewire of my truck including adding turn signals. I was looking at the front parking lights to see how to change the light fixture from one wire to two and it looks like the wiring and fixture are all one unit and cannot be changed. I tried removing the connector at the back and it is either really stuck on or part of the housing and not meant to come off. So my question is, do I leave the light as a one wire fixture, or is there some way to remove the connector so I can change it? I may be overthinking it as I realize that I will probably never have the parking lights on and be using the turn signal anyway, just want to make sure I am making the right decision.

Thanks, Lee.



#1225868 - Mon Jul 17 2017 03:19 AM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
Flxible  Offline
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north of the 49th
are you using a factory accessory style signal unit or a clamp on aftermarket one?
most of the light trucks after 55.2 had dual filament sockets up front, if yours doesn't you'll need to replace them, the repros work - the wires go to a junction block - here's a factory accessory wiring diagram .... here's the whole story

Bill


"When we tug a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world" ~ John Muir
"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off" ~ me
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#1225882 - Mon Jul 17 2017 06:06 AM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
bartamos  Offline
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State48 Ranch
Have it all for $40.


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#1225889 - Mon Jul 17 2017 12:41 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
LeeD  Offline
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Texas
I bought the factory style kit (with six leads), not the bolt on. I printed off copies of the turn signal wiring diagram; the kit I bought from LMC did not have any instructions or diagrams ( still waiting on the info!) but I was able to get the color codes off the diagram from old car manual project that match the switch, hopefully they are correct.
Is it possible to splice the wires for the parking lights and turn signals together? If I do that, will the turn signals act as emergency flashers and both fronts will flash?

Maybe I should just put an orangutan in the right seat?


#1225893 - Mon Jul 17 2017 01:09 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
Flxible  Offline
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yes, you'd have both lights flashing, but you could eliminate the existing park light connection to the light switch and just run the signal wires to them instead and not have park lights .... but why not just get the lights as bart linked above [or LMC or other] and have the package?

Bill


"When we tug a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world" ~ John Muir
"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off" ~ me
Some TF series details & TF heater pics & Rust-a-holics Unanimous parking lot

#1225913 - Mon Jul 17 2017 05:04 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
pdlightning  Offline
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Posts: 141
Santa Clarita, Ca.
I had the same problem on my 51. I solved it by installing the 55-57 running/turn lamps from classic or LMC . Solved the problem.


#1225926 - Mon Jul 17 2017 06:40 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
bartamos  Offline
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If you tie them together, when you have the parking/running lights on and you turn on the turn signal, it won't blink. So do you have LMC 36-0503 ?

Anyway, you can not have park/running lights and turn signal at the same time with one filament bulbs. The front small lights are called parking lights but usually wired to come on with headlights as running lights. They can come on with first switch position and stay on at full out position.

You can do what Bill said, just use the lights for turn only.


1960 GMC K10 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
Gimmie Jimmie
I fear no evil.

#1225935 - Mon Jul 17 2017 08:26 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
LeeD  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2017
Posts: 50
Texas
Yes, I have the LMC 36-0503 switch kit. I'll have to decide whether I want to replace the current light fixtures, or use the park lights only for turn signals. Hmm, decisions, decisions. Another thing to think about is whether the truck will pass inspection if the parking lights are inop. A common sense challenged tech could possibly fail the inspection if they are not working. And I would like them to work as they should anyway.

Thanks to all for your input, I appreciate it.

Lee.


#1225947 - Mon Jul 17 2017 10:33 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
bartamos  Offline
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State48 Ranch
No inspection for 1966 and under in my state.


1960 GMC K10 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
Gimmie Jimmie
I fear no evil.

#1227174 - Wed Jul 26 2017 07:30 PM Re: 56-3200 turn signals [Re: LeeD]  
Wrenchbender Ret.  Offline
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Lenexa Ks.
You can change the lights to use 2 term. bulbs. Cut the socket off the shell & get universal sockets & put them in the hole. They have clips on them but its a good idea to solder them in. Seal the edges with RTV.


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