Classic/Antique Car Repair/headlights

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Question
my boss has a 1928 pickup has been restored but the headlights work sometime and sometimes they don't. can you give me any pointers.good it be in the switch at steering wheel or is there a problem at the end of column how could i fix either one. Thanks Jack

Answer
Be sure to get les andrews book on how to fix the A.  Great book that we all have and use.  About $35 from Marc or any supplier.  Take off the bail at the base of the column and pull off the light switch.  It is probably loose or bent or jammed in there.  Look at it and figure out how it works and you should be OK.  The rod from the top just rotates the switch, but you have to get things lined up so it rotates without grounding out and honking the horn.  The little center pin is the horn circuit.  Get into and get back to me.  It really is simple.  Just stick with it, and get your boss the book, and join a local model A club.  jack

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Only repair type questions on the 1928-1931 Ford Model A.

Experience

Owned one when I was 15 yrs old, and now have owned 5. Still own and play with 2 of them.

Organizations
Oakleaf region of MARC. Model A Restorers Club. I have put several Model A videos on the Oakleaf site that may be of help. Things like how to start the A, how to Time it, how to troubleshoot it.. Go to oakleafregion.org and you will find them. Also, go to youtube.com and search for "jackbahm" and you will find over a hundred videos. Many about the Model A and our outings. jack

Publications
"More than you need to know about cars." Just a small book for Car Nuts. Blurb.com "Model A Ford Tips and Hints" Blurb.com "Get A Horse" (What to do when Henry's Lady quits on you.) Blurb.com or Snyder's Antique Parts. "Engineering Stuff" (For the Kid who likes to take things apart and get them back together). Kids book for ages 10-16. Blurb.com 2012 Many Model A movies that can be found on youtube.com/jackbahm

Education/Credentials
BSME LSU, 1958, Masters of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of engineering, 1960, MBA Mich State, 1976. Worked as an engineer at Chrysler from 1958 to the end of 1991.

Awards and Honors
Two patents while working in auto industry. Go to this site for my Model A videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhL36Rc6o5MI4aqHM-yfhqcze8Qq6aS9s

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