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    1978 280Z (stock)

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    Mostly stock and original.<br />
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    1972 Ford Escort RS 2000 (sold to collector)<br />
    1976 Mustang II fastback ( V-6, gave to cousin)

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  1. Wiring a Driving Lamp Relay

    The relay enable switch is connected to accessory circuit- the defog switch. Regardless of whether the switch is on, the lights are off when you turn off the keyswitch. Before, I used de FOG switch to turn on fog lamps, so I'm just rewiring the relay for driving lamps, which should only need the one minor change.
  2. Wiring a Driving Lamp Relay

    A problem I discovered was that the RW wire to the turn signal lever/beam switch is grounded regardless of whether you toggle it.
  3. Wiring a Driving Lamp Relay

    Then you are probably in violation of the regs in many, if not most, states. You should take the vehicles to the dealer for immediate corrections, or you need to read the owner's book, and your state's motor vehicle regulations, to find out how to properly operate the lights.
  4. Wiring a Driving Lamp Relay

    Asian brands don't seem to care about American regs. They just want to "make people happy" to sell more cars and thus give them millions of watts of light to light the road and everything to both sides. That makes Americanians think it's OK to drive with fog lights on always or when it's not permitted. I tell people it's ILLEGAL in Ohio, and they say they use fog lights for "safer driving" or they have bnad eyes add "need more light." SUVs and big pickups are worse- the lamps are at eye-level. Bruce- I'm sorry; I forgot the put the chassis ground for the lamps. The relay is SPST and only switches the hot, and the relay gets its supply directly from the battery; the small switch is a toggle to enable the relay. This diagram should be correct.
  5. Wiring a Driving Lamp Relay

    Hello! I am installing some driving lamps, and I will use a relay. I can wire the relay directly to a switch, but common sense (state laws) tell you that driving lamps are only supposed to come on with the high beams. So I have a 12V feed from the ACC circuit on the fuse panel to the relay, and I wanted to wire the relay's ground to the high-beam (ground) wire so the driving lamps come on with the high beams, because the high beam switch goes to ground, right? Attached is a simple schematic. BTW- It's a 1978, so the High beam wire is a RW wire, according to the FSM I atached a simple diagram
  6. 280Z Wiper Motor Upgrade

    You can clean & lubricate the linkage, but after it wears or gets loose, there's nothing that you can do to restore it. So a source of a suitable replacement or a way to replace the ball joints would also be a great benefit.
  7. 280Z Wiper Motor Upgrade

    I'm sure you could put in the Ford wiper motor, and it will never quit, until you flip the switch. You could also set up the toggle switch for both slow and fast speed.
  8. 280Z Wiper Motor Upgrade

    Has anyone gotten a decent upgrade for the 280Z wiper motor? I mean something you can get from a post-1985 vehicle, which is when they used the waterproof motors. I have a wiper motor from a 1997 Escort ZX2, and the bolts align almost perfectly with the holes on the bracket, and the shaft fits the linkage just right. The Escort motor is a DC motor with a ground, and switched 12V connections for low- and high-speed. It also has auto-park without the extra swipe the Datsun motor makes. Yes, I cleaned and lubricated the linkage and pivots, but the speed is still just too slow. I used DeOxit for the pivots, and it worked very well.
  9. Marchal 652 Driving Lamps

    They sound like the right thing for my needs; fog lamps don't illuminate things in the distance. I will see if there is a compatible Hella lamp with a bit less intensity or a bit more dispersion. But I already have a relay and appropriate wiring installed for the fog lamps. Mine are actuated by the de FOG switch.
  10. Marchal 652 Driving Lamps

    Thanks anyway. eBay auctions don't show you photos of the innards, unless you get very lucky. Obviously the sellers just want the do the least work to sell the thing. They usually just have a bunch of photos of the outside. Asian sellers are worse: they have 6 photos of the front, and six of the back.
  11. Marchal 652 Driving Lamps

    I"M not interested in finding auctions on eBay. I would like to hear from people who have experience with how well they work, and what kind of bulb is employed.
  12. Has anyone seen or experienced the Marchal 652 Driving Lamps? I know they were used on sportscars, "sporty cars," and Mustangs, etc. in the 1960s, and are now a bit pricey, but I have a chance to buy a pair. But before I spend money on what I may not be able to repair or replace (I don't even know what bulb they use) I'd like to get some informative opinions from people that I can trust. ThxZ.
  13. LED bulbs for Fog Lamps

    It seems that the higher wattage bulbs also use a higher voltage. That is, the 70W bulb is 24Volts. So a bulb swap isn't that "simple." In general, I'd say that you could probably put a 70W bulb into a lamp that was designed for a 55W bulb, with a small amount of additional current draw and heat. For such a lamp, is a 100W bulb too much? For a spot lamp, you'd want a LOT of light going down the road, as long as you aim it properly, and don't melt the wires or the lamp.
  14. 3rd brake light options?

    Yes, those modules are made to work with the extra brake lamp as well as the one motorcycle brake lamp. There are many kinds with different features other than the simple one in the posted link.
  15. LED bulbs for Fog Lamps

    I prefer the 3200K light, not the over-bright white light, so when I see the word 'performance' associated with bulbs, it tells my they make white lights, but I will look into them anyway.
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