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Nuts & Bolts: Replacement headlight switch for 1967 Loadstar 1800

Posted in How To: Electrical on October 10, 2015
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I have an old family farm 1967 Loadstar 1800 that I use to haul my 1975 CJ-5 around. The headlight switch is bad. The wiring is perfectly fine (you can jump the connector wires to turn on the lights, and so on). Do you know of anyone who has a replacement switch or rebuilds them? This is not the GM-style switch. My ’67 has the pretty parking lights under the headlights that come on when the switch is in the second position. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cool tow rig! I assume you have already looked around online and come up empty. While you could probably find a company to rebuild the switch (look around for companies that specialize in the classic car restoration market), it would be far cheaper and easier to retrofit a GM-style headlight switch. IH started using the GM switch a couple years after your Loadstar was made. The switches are available at any parts store (they were used in approximately eleventy-billion cars and trucks) along with the pigtail you would need to connect to the switch. You'll need to identify the wires and what they do on the original connector, and then hook them up appropriately to new GM connector. GM headlight connector diagrams are also readily available online. You could even get away with using normal spade connectors on the GM switch, but using a proper connector is cleaner and easier to work with should you need to diagnose headlight wiring issues down the road. I'm not familiar with your reference regarding the parking lights coming on with the switch in the second position, but if it's not something the GM switch does, it would be easy enough to wire in a secondary switch to control the parking lights independently if needed.

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