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steve    Posted 11-06-2020 at 15:19:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a 1950 Funk conversion with a 12 volt conversion. I was installing new headlights when I accidently touched the hot wire to the ground. Saw a spark. Now nothing works--lights, gauges and starter. Where do I start?


    steve    Posted 11-17-2020 at 17:03:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • After several days of tracing and replacing, I found that the baffle resister wire (this is the ceramic piece) was broken, so replace that (O'Reilly
    Auto Parts). Still no luck, so I replaced the solenoid (also from O'Reilly). No luck. Then I had a Georgia Tech engineer look at it. In about a minute, he found a fuse tucked behind the wiring--the light switch did not have a fuse, so I assumed no fuse. Problem solved.

    Lesson learned.

    Thanks to everyone who offered advice.


    steve    Posted 11-07-2020 at 10:30:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The starter also doesn't work, so it has to be a component. I do have 12v at the coil.

    Thanks to Jack and Tim for their help.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-08-2020 at 04:57:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • "...so it has to be a component..." -No, it most likely is in the wiring so don't start yanking off components and replacing with new ones. True root cause problem solving is always the method to use. Don't guess. Start by removing and getting the battery tested under load at a shop. Leave battery off or disconnect. Remove lights and switch. Go thru the entire wiring system and verify if right or wrong and take no shortcuts. "...well, I thought I'd try..." is a guess so avoid that way of thinking.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 11-07-2020 at 07:53:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Not likely but don't overlook the battery connections.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-07-2020 at 05:58:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yeah, the light switch should be fused so check that first. You can also test a sealed beam 12V lamp simply by yanking it off the bucket and connecting jumper wires to a 12 battery source. If lamp is good it will illuminate, if it got blown, it won't -simple and easy. If light switch isn't fused, get one that is and chalk it up to lessons learned.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 11-06-2020 at 15:28:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hopefully you have a fuse somewhere. Wire tracing is about all you can do for starters. Note the color and any markings on the wire you grounded and see if you can find it around the instrument panel. Hopefully tied to a fuse.

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