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31 headlight connector
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Greenfield
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So, the job today is clean up the headlights and electrically connect them to the harness. Fortunately, I have all the parts and pieces including the connectors and tiny brass screws and bits to make the connections, but what I'm not sure is how to connect the harness to the connector.

The harness has 4 wires - ground, low beam, high beam, and parking light. The ground wire gets soldered to a cupped shaped piece of brass that seems to contact the inside of the connector housing to ground the whole light. Now the connector has three holes marked 1, 2, and 3. But I have the old connectors and it looks like only two of the holes were used for the low beam and high beam-- the lead for the parking light is cut. Does anyone know how this connector should be wired?

Posted on: 6/5 11:19
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Also, does anyone have a picture of how the W-clips hold the lens in place? Finally, my parts include a triangular coil spring that's about an inch tall - what's its purpose?

Posted on: 6/6 6:26
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Regarding the "W" clips, the outer inner lip secures the edge of the lens and the outer legs go into the crease of the bezel. Space equally around the perimeter.

Posted on: 6/6 7:30
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Thanks Owen, I'll give that a try. I found an illustration of the headlamp that indicates the triangular coil spring fits between the back end of the reflector and housing, where the two screw together.

Posted on: 6/6 8:17
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The screw in the back of the headlight is for setting the focus. It moves the bulb socket back and forth in relation to the reflector.

Posted on: 6/6 8:44
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The spring provides tension for the connection between the headlight shell and the bulb mounting (focus adjustment). The rear screw goes thru it.

Posted on: 6/6 13:43
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Ahhh, yes, that makes sense. It's all coming into focus, pun intended. I'm coming to the conclusion that at some point or another, a prior owner lost the little brass screws/hardware in the plug and instead of trying to locate replacements, just cut wire and disabled the parking light.

Posted on: 6/6 16:42
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Turns out I don't have all the parts. It seems, for some reason, a prior owner probably lost the brass bits that fit in the headlight plug and cut the wire to the parking light. Does anyone have the little brass screw, cup and wire loops, or know where I can get it? I need two sets, ie two screws, two cups, two loops. Thanks!

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Posted on: 6/24 16:39
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Posted on: 6/25 8:29
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Thanks very much West! Those do look like nearly the same size as mine, so I decided to give it a shot.

Posted on: 6/27 6:42
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