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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 05, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking I'll add a console with gauges to my '68 RS. In looking at the restoration parts catalogs, some list two different RS headlight switchs - a different one for cars with consoles. Does anyone know if adding the console gauges requires a different headlight switch? The only reason I can think that it would matter would be due to the extra lights in the gauge package, and it takes more electricity through the dimmer switch for the interior lights. Can anyone help here? Will I have to change out my switch? Some suppliers only call for a single switch. If there are two, maybe they sell only the heavier one?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 05, 01:32 AM
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May be a terminal that lights the gauges on a 68 im not sure though as that would only be the case for a 4speed car as an automatic car should have lighting provisions for the shift position indicator.

Would be best to look at a Factory wiring diagram for a car with and without console gauges and see if any extra wires from the headlight switch are needed.

<edit> the only differences I know of in RS and Non RS headlight switches are the Vaccum Ports
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 05, 02:20 AM
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Technically yes, the dash light dimmer resistor on an RS headlight switch (or regular headlight switch) for a car with gauges is larger than a non RS guage switch. But a regular switch will work fine, there are no additional terminals or connections on the switch. Besides no one repros an RS headlight switch with the larger resistor so unless you can find one on Ebay or in a bone yard your out of luck.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 07, 05:53 PM
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Re: Does a 68 RS need a different headlight switch if you add console gauges?

Not to resurect a old thread but this was along the same line of questions I had. Anyone know part number is which? I got a NOS RS switch part number 1995191. I also see switch #1995167/1995176.

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