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was planning on cleaning up wiring on elky, but its to hacked up. Got a new summit wiring harness, problem is I should have spent the extra $50 on a painless but oh well. My originall dash lights only take 1 wire the new harness is set up for a ground, do I have to replace all the light sockets? I just got the column wired and not sure its right but have to get more light bulbs. Usually wireing is not that difficult but the summit wiring harness leaves alot out  



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A picture of the wiring would help a lot. smile



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The original harness has 1 ground for all the dash light and the summit harness probley has seprate grounds for each connection ?

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true the summit harness does show a seperate ground for each light. I could get new light sockets but was hoping not to. I put the new harness in already so dont have a picture and the old harness only had one wire for each socket, I might be able to pull the tape off the old harness and try to follow the wires back to source and see how they were grounded. The Dome light has two 10 gauge wires going to it, have to find out about it too. new harness has one power wire going to it so one is ground but need to trace back. 



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More issues with tail lights. No brake lights when I push on the peddle, but when I turn the lights on all the lights come on in rear. Running and brake. I'm gonna replace the brake switch but if it were bad wouldn't the brake lights be on all the time not just when lights are on?



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Yeah. Sounds like a cross connection or something similar.
Check all bulbs, double check grounds and connections.

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More issues with tail lights. No brake lights when I push on the peddle, but when I turn the lights on all the lights come on in rear. Running and brake. I'm gonna replace the brake switch but if it were bad wouldn't the brake lights be on all the time not just when lights are on?


 A bad brake light switch would cause them to not come on at all, but you may be seeing both turn signals staying on when the lights are turned on. I would check all the simple things first...Bad  grounds are the cause of most wiring problems, then check to make sure there  are no bad connections and then make sure no  pinched or bare wires! Hang in there Rick, you're getting close!



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The only thing more frustrating than women is wiring. Atleast with wiring you can cut the power to turn it off



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Yeah wiring is my least favorite part as well.

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I remember building my 37, the lights were going crazy! All turn signals working at once when you turn on one side. parking lights not working right, gauges not working and so on and so on until my Master Mechanic friend came over and had me put 2 heavy gauge ground straps from the block to the frame and viola ....lights!

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turn signals work good, replaced the brake switch but no difference. have no brake lights with lights on or off, but when I turn running and headlights on all the lights are on how ever turn signals still work properly. going to pull the carpet up take the dash out and retrace everything. Like I said all was working perfect then I decided to clean it up and shorten some of the wiring where it was coiled up with a zip tie and now its all screwed up



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So I put the new brake switch in and nothing. After looking the plunger needed to go in another 1/6" and when I pulled the wires off the original one I must have bumped something cause I blew the fuse. If I hade checked the dude and adjusted the switch all the way down I would have save a week of frustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Lol..glad it was an inexpensive fix!

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Nice to hear it was a easy fix.

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