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Old 11-25-2008, 06:41 PM
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I need help with rewiring my 1954 Ford Customline

I am rewiring my 1954 Ford Customline from headlights to tailights using an EZWire Harness Kit. The vehicle has already been converted over to 12 volt negative, but the wiring has rotted and fried away to the point of being a fire hazard. I will be using a Volt-A-Drop reducer to run the original gauges and radio, cig lighter, etc.. I have run into few a issues though. First I don't know if there is an actual indicator light for the high beams. I noticed that there is a small light on the center dash piece located directly between the turn signal indicator lights but I am unsure as to what this light is for. Second I need to know what the "AM" post is for on the back of the ignition switch. There are 4 posts, one is marked "ACC", one is marked "ST", one is marked "COIL", and then there is the "AM" post. Third I need to know what the original color coding was on the turn signal wiring that runs directly up the steering column to the turn signal switch lever. If anyone can help me with these issues it would be greatly appreciated and would help me to get this baby back on the road ASAP. It was rolling along great until I started to have electrical issues so I decided to fix the problem completely but now I miss driving my baby around town. Thanks.

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...... I have run into few a issues though. First I don't know if there is an actual indicator light for the high beams. I noticed that there is a small light on the center dash piece located directly between the turn signal indicator lights but I am unsure as to what this light is for.
I would try to get a little flashlight behind there and shine it through the hole in question - I'll bet it's a high beam indicator.

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....Second I need to know what the "AM" post is for on the back of the ignition switch. There are 4 posts, one is marked "ACC", one is marked "ST", one is marked "COIL", and then there is the "AM" post.
"AM is "Ammeter" that's where the ignition switch gets it's power from.


Can't help you on the turn signal wires.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the help Joe

You're awesome and I thank you so much for the help. Please check my posts often to see if you can help me with anything else. Thanks again.

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'54 Ford

Since I also own a '54 that is the high beam indicator,a wire from it runs to one terminal on the dimmer switch.You can get a complete wiring diagram for your '54 on ebay for about $6,I got one and took it to Fed-Ex Kinkos' and had it blown up to 11"x14" and laminated.You cannot use a Volt-a Drop on your gauges it will fry them! Ford used 6 volt gauges even after they went 12 volt you want what is called a gauge regulator,try NAPA or a Ford dealer usually under $10.The Volt-a-Drop will work on your heater blower and must be mounted away from anything close as they get HOT! Since you used the EZ wire kit I would do away with the original turn signal switch and wires,if you use the aftermarket type that clamps on the column it will easily adapt and you will also have 4 way flashers.Most of that old cloth wiring under the dash will fall apart just touching it,I took my dash out and repainted it(a lot of rust can be found between the lower windshield seal and the trim that hides it) and while I had it out rewired it each circuit at a time using modern insulated wires,writing down the new color codes as I went and replacing the light sockets and bulbs(12 Volt) if you are going to use the original ignition and headlamp switch I strongly advise adding relays to those circuits,go to the Watsons' Streetworks website and read the info on relays and what they do.I bought the HD ignition relay and headlight relay from them,good price & quality(no Chinese junk)
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Thanks for the help Jeff

You've been a great help. I guess I'll have to rethink my plan on the wiring and take your advice so that I don't end up messing up my baby. Thanks again.
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Here is a real good link on wiring the 'bosch' relays. It's my favorite.

http://www.6066gmcguy.org/BoschRelay.htm
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