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    Missing head lights and tail lights

    -70 van is missing both lights, tail and headlights (high and low). Brake lights work just fine when pushing brake pedal down.
    Is there any common place, where I should start looking to get those lights working again? Fuses seems to be ok.

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    could be the switch. check power before and after. what about parking lights?
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Check the grounds also.
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    Check that dimmer switch too!

    Mine would put the headlights out by stepping on it...and sometimes blow the fuse.
    Mike

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    yep to all the above

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    Cool

    Loosing your headlights when you switch to high beam in a sign the dimmer switch needs to be replaced....
    The replacement switches will only last a few years...

    Is there an interior in this van?
    Last edited by Wookee; 01-08-2019 at 09:46 AM.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Thanks for helping everyone!

    I finally had some time to work with the car. First of all, car wires are complete mess.




    This was my coil wire, which went to the starter


    But, I managed to get parking lights working on side and on back of the car. I sprayed some WD40 to the light switch at dash and pulled, pushed and turned it couple of time. After that when i pull switch out, parking lights work. But when I pull it all the way out, all lights go out.
    Front lights (parking or driving lights) doesn't work. Driving lights are working, because I tested passenger side headlight and it worked when giving power straight from the battery.

    Should I buy new light switch to the dash or to the floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welmari View Post
    Thanks for helping everyone!


    Should I buy new light switch to the dash or to the floor?
    Advice none of us wants - - - replace ALL the wiring, sockets & switches. - - - You have a 49 year-old vehicle. Even in the best of conditions, the wiring, etc would be suspect.

    Will not be cheap, but the alternative will be disasterous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welmari View Post
    Thanks for helping everyone!

    I finally had some time to work with the car. First of all, car wires are complete mess.




    This was my coil wire, which went to the starter


    But, I managed to get parking lights working on side and on back of the car. I sprayed some WD40 to the light switch at dash and pulled, pushed and turned it couple of time. After that when i pull switch out, parking lights work. But when I pull it all the way out, all lights go out.
    Front lights (parking or driving lights) doesn't work. Driving lights are working, because I tested passenger side headlight and it worked when giving power straight from the battery.

    Should I buy new light switch to the dash or to the floor?
    Factory GM wiring turned off the front park lights when headlights were on. If taillights are still on, switch may be ok. Time to get a meter or test light and start tracing.

    Oh, and yeah- you will probably be money and time saved by just re-wiring the van.
    Gregg Groff


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    1965 Chevy G10 panel- OHC Pontiac inline 6

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    All lights go out, when light switch is pulled all the way out.

    I have a new wiring harness and I'm planning to do new wiring. Just now I'm trying to get the lights and brakes working so I can get the van licenced and insured.

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