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             Ever notice how your parking lights go out when you pull the headlight switch all the way on? (duh, that's why they're called parking lights, see?) Want 'em to stay on? Here's the Electrocutioner to tell you how:

Make your parking lights into running lights

(Updated September 2008)

By Randy Rundle
Electrical Forum Moderator
5th Avenue Antique Auto Parts

    "What is the easiest way to convert my parking lights to running lights? On my truck, the park lights go off as the headlight switch is pulled all the way out to turn the headlights on. Could it be as simple as replacing the sockets and splicing the additional wire into the headlight wire (after determining which wire controls the brights)?"

    You are correct. By changing the park light sockets to two filament sockets (the pig tails are available at the local NAPA store), and by installing the two filiment bulbs, you would indeed be in business. The same also applies to the tail lamps -- the tail lamp and turnsignal should be together and are usually four candlepower and the brakelight is six candlepower.

    Bolter Eric provided us with a drawing that may help you *see* how this can be done! Sent to us by Bill "red58" LePage.

 

Editor's Note: Randy carries the chrome turn signal lever add on kit. Check his site for this and other electricals. And visit with him in the Electrical Bay of the Stovebolt Forums if you need to ask him anything.

 

 

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