Yep, another Sunday morning rolls by and it was about time for a easy few hours working bee in the resto shed on Monty with our goal today being to get the headlights and small cowl lights (parking lights) wired up and working.....
Months ago we had already installed the new chev wiring loom throughout the car so today it was a matter of connecting and running the crimped steel covered headlight wires from each headlight shell, down under each front guards, the chassis and soldering the ends onto the new wiring loom but before this we had to first dismantle the old front headlight buckets/shells, clean up the connectors by removing the very old solder and remaining original wiring that were left hanging off the ends, yes luck was once again on my side with all the original hardware still inside each shell after 83 years and in usable condition..... BONUS
With the wires all connected and the test gauge showing power to the each headlight, in went the new globes....I hit the switch at the dash and nothing, WTF... turns out I had got the wrong globes.... Live and Learn, anyway there is power to them now so its just a matter of finding the right one to suit.
Next it was onto the 2 x small cowl lights that sit up near the windscreen, to easy and very straight forward and we could still even use the original old globes, the connectors were given a clean, new soldier applied to the wires and on went the switch.. BINGO..... We have lights.
With lights working now I can this week install the white glass lens covers to the cowl lights, and then tidy up some of the wiring harness which runs down inside the engine bay, I have to keep and make it look neat and clean for the roadworthy guy which will happen in the next few months.
Any excuse for a test run come 2pm so it was on with the warm coats and head wear, out the driveway, straight down to the local servo for some more petrol and then out onto the Hwy we went....... FUN.
We have found that Monty is more comfortable sitting on a speed of 45 - 47mph along the Hwy as 50mph seems just a little to hard, you wouldn't think that an extra few miles per hour makes much difference, but it does in these old vintage cars, things start to vibrate and the motor seems way more stressed, 45 has a real sweet spot.....DONE :)
Thanks Ray, another great productive few hours and as always its a fun day working on these old cars.
Today I installed the two white glass lens onto the cowl lights, not a bright light but they look cool.