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Old 08-31-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Scare light replacement and wiring

Hi everyone,

A newbie here trying to replace the exterior lights on our '64 Overlander. Once I took off the old scare light, and gobs of goo that surrounded, it I found two wires. Once I pulled in them a bit the two were pig tailed to a single orange heavy gauge wire. Probably 10AWG. Anyone know what is going on here? Is this right? Also the switch inside the door (other side of window) doesn't seem to have any effect on this wire when connectivity was checked with a voltmeter. Anyone fought this battle already?
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:03 AM   #2
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Yep that orange wire is a dedicated 12v line that runs from the rear hatch (electrical circuit breaker area under the bath bench) along the street side up to the overhead bin on the front then over the window down to the scare light. In total it is the power or positive side of the circuit powering the 12v outlets next to the bath mirror, the one next to the TV antenna on the street side, the radio in the overhead and the scare light. It would allow those things to work directly from the battery. The outlets were grounded individually to the trailer body. The orange cover is a pain to remove if you need to but overall it should be in great shape to reuse.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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Oops one more thing the two black wires connect to the toggle switch inside the wall. This provides power to turn the light off and on.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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Wow. Thanks a ton. That really helps. Previous owner snipped the two wires so looks like I'll be drilling some rivets to get to it. Thanks again.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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Sure and please let me know how it works out. I'm almost finished restoring my 64 Overlander got a thread on here about if you're interested. I'd enjoy seeing pics of yours

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Check out the threads on modifying the lights to l.e.d.s
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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64 Overlander restoration

Will do 57BB. We're just getting started with our Overlander. Good bones and floor, but PO was challenged to say the least. Going through the utilities right now. Changing our vents and AC this week...stay tuned.
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