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'Bolter
My terminal block and lamp sockets arrived from Classic yesterday. I'm in the process of running the new 12 ga wires.

When I go to test it prior to permanently affixing the crimped terminals, is it necessary to have both Hi and Lo beam wiring in place? In other words if I wire the Lo beams first, can I test the Lo beams with the light switch before wiring the Hi beams or does all the wiring for Hi and Lo need to be in place first?


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Sir Searchalot
If you trust you understand how it all goes together. Wire it permanently. No need to test

If not, wire close to permanent with twisting wires together for a test. (leave wires long so as to cut back and crimp)





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'Bolter
Yes it's pretty simple. I still like to do all the connections with wire nuts first just to make sure it works. I'm using different colored wires for Hi, Lo and Ground just to make sure I don't accidentally cross things up.

Do both Hi and Lo have to be wired in before testing? In other words will Lo beam work if the Hi beam wiring is not installed and vice versa?


1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
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Once you get voltage to the terminal strip near the headlights, you an use one wire to test both circuits. Just touch a hot wire to the connector for both light circuits one at a time, and hi and lo beams should work. Once you've established the circuit to the lights is complete, then you can wire the other circuit permanently. Be sure the hi beam indicator on the dash functions correctly, when the sealed beams are actually running in the bright mode.
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Sir Searchalot
Now that you are using the terminal blocks, you won't have any wire nut or twisting wires to do. You don't need to do a wire nut test.

Take the negative battery cable off battery!!!!

1. Terminate a wire to each dimmer switch terminal. (use crimp-on ring tongue terminals) Not talking about the center dimmer terminal, that should already have the switched hot headlight wire on it.
2. Terminate the other end to the terminal block, separate screws (use crimp-on ring tongue terminals)
3. Terminate two wires to each terminal block screw used in no. 2. (use crimp-on ring tongue terminals)
These two wires from each screw are left and right Lo beam from one screw and left and right Hi bean from the other screw. Their ends get butt spliced with crimp-on butt splices to the bulb connector pigtail. Same bulb contact for each set as we have discussed.
Crimp and screw it all together permanently, reconnect battery cable and test.

Jerry and I posted exactly the same time.





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'Bolter
Yes, the high beam indicator on the dash worked before when only the Hi beams came on.


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1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
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Bartamos, Are you saying that the left and right Hi and Lo beam wires from each lamp should not be joined together prior to connecting to the termional block?

In other words, each screw on the treminal block will have three wires coming from it - Left Hi, Right Hi, and Dimmer and Left Lo, Right Lo, and Dimmer?

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1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
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Sir Searchalot
In other words, each screw on the treminal block will have three wires coming from it - Left, Right, and Dimmer?

YES





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'Bolter
Ok, that was going to be my first choice but the screw supplied with the block is not long enough to hold a stack of three connectors. I'll have to rustle up some longer screws.

Thanks.


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1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
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Sir Searchalot
Maybe you can but the two left/right wires on one ring tongue.





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