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Mach1 sport lamps: What do they do originally?
#1
Hi guys,
time for a stupid question.
As some of you may have read in the "what did you do to your car today" thread, I replaced the standard grille on my 72 with a Mach1 grille.
Here´s my question. What do the sport lamps usually do?
Are they a kind of position markers, like the side markers, only up front, glowing whenever the headlights are on or are they supporting the high beams and stay off most of the time?
All the 71 and 72 I know have the standard grille, so I´ve never seen one "in action"!
A logical mod for our traffic regulations would be to convert them to run in parallel with the turn signals, as yellow lights are not allowed to glow permanently.

But I´d like to know what they did from the factory.
As always, there is a pic included. Wink
Here it is:


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They are wired to be on ONLY when the headlights are on (low or high beam) so they are not on when your "parking" lights are on.


luxstang;33682 Wrote:Hi guys,
time for a stupid question.
As some of you may have read in the "what did you do to your car today" thread, I replaced the standard grille on my 72 with a Mach1 grille.
Here´s my question. What do the sport lamps usually do?
Are they a kind of position markers, like the side markers, only up front, glowing whenever the headlights are on or are they supporting the high beams and stay off most of the time?
All the 71 and 72 I know have the standard grille, so I´ve never seen one "in action"!
A logical mod for our traffic regulations would be to convert them to run in parallel with the turn signals, as yellow lights are not allowed to glow permanently.

But I´d like to know what they did from the factory.
As always, there is a pic included. Wink
Here it is:

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#3
What do they do? Mostly they look good. Chuck
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c9zx;33684 Wrote:What do they do? Mostly they look good. Chuck

Big Grin +1 I just made the experience.

vamach1;33683 Wrote:They are wired to be on ONLY when the headlights are on (low or high beam) so they are not on when your "parking" lights are on.

That was fast, thank you very much. So they are simply wired in parallel to the headlights. (second position of the light switch).
That is unfortunately illegal in my country. Angry But something tells me, it will be done that way nonetheless....
It´s easier to apologize than to ask permission! Wink

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luxstang;33685 Wrote:
c9zx;33684 Wrote:What do they do? Mostly they look good. Chuck

Big Grin +1 I just made the experience.

vamach1;33683 Wrote:They are wired to be on ONLY when the headlights are on (low or high beam) so they are not on when your "parking" lights are on.

That was fast, thank you very much. So they are simply wired in parallel to the headlights. (second position of the light switch).
That is unfortunately illegal in my country. Angry But something tells me, it will be done that way nonetheless....
It´s easier to apologize than to ask permission! Wink

I re-wired mine to come on with the park lights, I like the look without the headlights on...

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Their main function in my opinion makes the car look cool.

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#7
They are illegal in Australia too Mike, and I had to remove the globes to get past the roadworthy check Angry

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Flatback72;33717 Wrote:They are illegal in Australia too Mike, and I had to remove the globes to get past the roadworthy check Angry

Yeah that sucks. Here that wouldn´t work either, as lights that are on the car have to work, legal or not.
That means sport lamps with no bulbs= no registration.... buuuut sport lamps with globes = illegal = no registration. Huh

So I need to find a way around it and make the lamps do something that is legal for a yellow light to do, such as wire them for turn signals.

My biggest problem, is that I don´t have sockets for the bulbs and they seem to be hard to find......

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#9
the sport lamp sockets are impossible to find anywhere because they only came with the mach 1 engine harness.

now you may be able to get taillight sockets to fit in the car. wire them up to a seperate 12V switch under the dash and just make them turn on whenever you need, wouldn't that get around the inspection?

as for original purpose they might be extra lighting in case of headlight failure.

i actually had a headlight failure on my passenger side just this weekend, and my low beam headlights malfunctioned, the high beams began to overload the main switch and the headlights were blinking high and low, i had to turn them off for oncoming traffic and that is when i discovered the sport lamps actually let off enough light to see the road without my main lights, for safety when cars approached i had to switch hi to low beams back and forth but i made it home ok, and have replacement parts to install this week.
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luxstang;33757 Wrote:
Flatback72;33717 Wrote:They are illegal in Australia too Mike, and I had to remove the globes to get past the roadworthy check Angry

Yeah that sucks. Here that wouldn´t work either, as lights that are on the car have to work, legal or not.
That means sport lamps with no bulbs= no registration.... buuuut sport lamps with globes = illegal = no registration. Huh

So I need to find a way around it and make the lamps do something that is legal for a yellow light to do, such as wire them for turn signals.

My biggest problem, is that I don´t have sockets for the bulbs and they seem to be hard to find......
As far As I know the sockets are not reproduced. You could try the vendors on this site or perhaps post a "want to buy" here or on the Vintage Mustang Forum. I'm not sure the turn signal wiring, switch, fuse, and flasher would support the additional current draw of the grille lamps (number 94 bulb). One solution may be to use super bright LEDs and matching sockets, very low current draw compared to regular incandescent bulbs. Chuck
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