The headlight switch should handle the 12 volts fine without a relay. I
have the original switch in mine.
Missouri City, Texas
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> Hi gang:
> I think I am having a little brain lapse - my truck has run so well for
> so long that I haven't had to do much on her and I think I have
> forgotten some general repair knowledge.
> Something is draining my battery. The tail light suddenly started
> staying on when the truck was turned off so this is obviously the
> culprit. I rewired this truck 10 years ago and remember how
> absolutely simple it was so I am sure there aren't a lot of options
> for this short.
> In a nutshell - do ya'll think it's the headlight switch? Or the
> ignition switch? Both are stock 51. I am running 12volts and I am
> not sure if I have a relay in place for the original 6V headlight
> switch. Would putting a test light on both the ignition and
> headlight switch tell me which one is the culprit?
> Lastly, there are no reproduction headlight switches made in 12V
> so my choice is to use a 55-59 switch or buy a stock used 6V
> switch and put a relay in line. I'd rather stay with a stock switch -
> is it imperative to use the relay when running 12V through a 6V
> switch? I really don't think I have a relay in place now and it's been
> running fine since 90.
> Thanks ya'll.
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