Re: Headlamp wire gauge

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on November 21, 2020 at 07:42:11 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Headlamp wire gauge posted by Travis Webb on November 20, 2020 at 22:47:56:

I believe the OEM headlight wires are 16 GA a JMOR said but like most all OEM Ford wiring was cloth covered insulated with 'bullet-nose' style connectors on lighting. If you are doing a total restoration and want to be compliant, you'd need to get the ones Carpenter makes. You can still get bullet connectors. Kudos for wanting to D-I-Y but with or without a restoration I'd opt for the Dennis Carpenter exact-as-original wiring. Note this headlight wire (see LINK) has both the bullet nose connector that feeds the main wire to switch and the spade lug connector which fastens to a sealed beam headlamp screw terminal. The DC wires are also cut and made to exact length specs. One of the beauties of the 6V/POS GRN electrical system is that the lighting wires only required one main wire to feed each lamp with and the ground connection were simply a short connection to metal ground internally on each lamp. Some guys think they need to run two wires to each lamp. I disagree; if they wire them correctly making solid ground connections, no need to add more wires that can create a rat's nest. Your tractor, your call, just pointing out the facts.

Tim Daley(MI)

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