Safety First! More lights...

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by RivieraBud, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. RivieraBud

    RivieraBud Member

    I believe it was somewhere around 1968 that the auto manufacturers changed the headlight/parking light set up so the parking lights would stay on when you turned on your headlights. That way, if you had a headlight burn out, there would still be a light glowing on that side of the car and other drivers wouldn't think they were approaching a motorcycle. In putting my '66 Special together, I discovered that the headlight switch had an extra lug that was powered in both "On" positions of the headlight switch. By carefully removing the parking light wire from the headlight switch plug and moving it over to the slot in the plug corresponding to the position of the unused, powered lug, the parking lights come on when the switch is pulled out to the first detent, and they stay on when the switch is pulled out to the second detent to turn on the headlights. I've been running the car this way for two years now with no ill effects on the switch or overloading of the lighting circuits. This simple change adds a measure of safety to operating your pre-1968 Buick after dusk.
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  2. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    There were a few local townships around Chicago in the early 70's (Lyons and Berwyn specifically) that for free, would have a shop modify the front signals into full time running and turn signal lamps like mentioned above and in addition, the fronts would also be tied into the brake lights. Kind of a good idea, as you could help determine oncoming traffic braking and making a non-signalled turn IN FRONT of you. ws
  3. LouV

    LouV Silver Level contributor

    My uncle's deuce and a quarter had them


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