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Old 10-15-2006, 08:05 PM
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My '54 F-100 is undergoing some rewiring and upgrading here and there. I've added a set of classic instruments gauges in an engine turned panel to replace the junk the PO had installed.

Now I'm redoing the switches, in that the ones that came with it were a hodgepodge of different things, mostly mopar, I think.

I've built a little aluminum panel to hold six toggle switches.
One is a momentary for the starter, the others are for the headlights, parking lights, wipers, instrument lights and door popper.

I realize that the wipers will have but one speed-- that's all they had before. Besides, I live in arid west Texas. Anyone see a problem with doing this?


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Old 10-15-2006, 08:11 PM
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I don't see a problem with that. Post pics on one of the sites when you get it installed. I would love to see it.
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Doc here,

Are you relay controlling the switchgear to devices ?

IF not BE sure the contact ratings of the switches can handle the current draw of the Devices..or else first time you turn it on, or a few times after they will fail..and the heat will be very high.

Most off the shelf switch gear is contact rated for 5 amps..(unless it's big and clunky..) and that will not support a 50 amp draw of a vehicle lighting system..the weakest link now becomes the fuse..burning up and opening..the switch gear..

Wipers draw up to 30 amps depending on how they are running..

Door pops are a crap shoot as they are spike current..but depending on system, are probably well over 5 amps..even though the switch may survive..

BE sure the switches are up to the current handling task..else run a relay..

You wouldn't fuse your headlamps at say 5 or 10 amps would you? that's is what can happen with an under rated switch.

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