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    Big thanks to Mitch!

    Last night I was on a quest for my headlights to work. (just throwing it together to get it registered and titled) So I install my switch made in Taiwan and all that comes on is the parking light. Well, this went on for hours of checking connections. Mitch suggested a jumper to ground headlight....yup, a little heavy on the paint on buckets of light bar. A warm glow illuminated the garage. THANKS MITCH! What other site has a Admin like this???

    #1 on VFF. A bad ground will give the avg individual a migraine trying to figure out a problem.


    • Beauford
      Beauford commented
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      yes, I had to take a BC. My head was throbbing...

    On an unrestored car the rust will get ya every time. On a restored car the paint does you in. Hard to win.
    We have been running dedicated grounds to lights on anything we restore here for years. With a little thought it can be done invisibly. There is room in the headlight conduit for one more wire!

    About 25-30 yrs ago the major auto manufacturers finally decided to run dedicated grounds, also, at the factory.

    Our battery ground cable goes right to a bellhousing bolt, getting it as close to the starter as possible. We don't need no 8V batteries!!!

    If you are fine point, then you most likely won't be able to do this stuff


      BNCHIEF commented
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      I also do the same thing on trailers I build, nothing worse than getting ready to go somewhere and your fixing lights.
      Last edited by BNCHIEF; 02-11-2018, 11:47 AM.

    Hey Beau
    It's one Model A'er helping another.
    Glad you got it figured out and saw the light
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


      After 60 years of playing with Model A's, vintage cars & old tractors:

      This would be a good Model A Commandment: "For Heaven's sake, thou shalt provide additional electrical ground wires to both of thy Model A Headlights."

      Another one: When thy Model A taillights, brake lights, or trailer lights do not function, please do not take the Name of thy Lord in Vain. It is usually the Devil interrupting thy electrical ground.

      Any more?


        I suspect a lot of "cheap repo" parts gets blamed for this kind of stuff.


          Probably true Mickey.