1929 headlights stopped working

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30 Apr 2008 00:59 #9957 by Scottp
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I have a 1929 685 Auburn. The headlights worked fine for the last 5 years. However, I replaced the battery and turned them on and they worked for a second and then went out. My tail light and cowl lights still work fine. I checked the wiring, bulbs, and the switch at the end of the steering column. They all seem to be fine. I took the wires from the headlight post and connected them to the cowl post and they still did not work. There must be a fuss or relay somewhere that is blown.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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29 Apr 2009 09:22 #13360 by oldbanger71
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Did you check the bulbs for working ?
Sometimes they can blow because of vibrations over the years plus short overcurrent which causes the glassbulb to desintegrate from the base, as well because of thermic differences. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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29 Apr 2009 16:10 #13366 by JOEL GIVNER
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According to my wiring diagram, there are two fuses. One for the dome and corner light switch and one for the main light switch. The brake light is unfused. You might want to check the fuse going to the main light switch. There is a wire from the ammeter which runs to the light switch. The fuse is located on this wire.

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09 Jun 2009 17:48 #13708 by Scottp
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Hello and thanks for the replies. It happened to be that the bulbs were bad. I purchased 6Volt bulbs from the parts store and they work. However, they are not that bright. Does anyone know where to get replacement headlight bulbs - 6 volt? The old ones have GE1033 on them and I can not find any replacements when I Google that number.

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09 Jun 2009 18:17 #13710 by oldbanger71
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Hi Sottp, here in Switzerland i sell halogen-bulbs with original base type as well as normal bulbs with the original base.
have a look at my website : http://www.pst-ch.ch/oldtimer/birnen.html
I ship worldwide.

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09 Jun 2009 19:09 #13712 by Tom_Parkinson
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For what it's worth, my summer beater LaSalle had issues with dim brake and turn signal lights for which I have been using headlight bulbs that should have been bright as bright can be. (I have auxilliary tail and turn lights on the Old Girl because the originals were hardly visible even in a WW2 blackout, and I prefer not to be rammed from behind in stop-and-go traffic.) Anyway, the dim-lighting issue turned out to be a bad ground. I cleaned up the grounding wire-to-body connection and the bulbs now glow like Las Vegas.

BTW, when I installed the auxilliary lights I took care to solder all the connectors. I'll do the same with the Cord's new wiring harness. Crimping the connectors without soldering them makes for long hours of chasing around with an ohmmeter, usually upside down and under a dashboard. And I can't fit under a dashboard any more. <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: -->

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