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Mikes69_Coupe
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« on: May 18, 2014, 11:45:40 AM »

Howdy all. Noticed Friday night on the way home from the cruise in my 69, that my T3's are rather dim. Since Lectric is no longer reproducing them, what would y'all recommend for a replacement? I don't plan on having it in a points show, so I'm after something that performs better than the T3's. Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 03:24:06 PM »

First, check the voltage to you headlights, etc.  May be "weak" connection.  Read THIS. Replies 5 & 6 tell it all about headlight connections.
I've got my T3s in a box and halogens on the driver car.  But first I cleaned every possible connection.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 08:29:05 PM »

Howdy lakeholme, and thanks! What I've read recommends using relays. What's your opinion??

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 08:33:21 PM »

It'll light up the road for you!
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 09:33:28 PM »

I'd first check the voltage at the lights.
Relays won't change much if the voltage is already good there.
I'd put in halogens, btw.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 03:48:51 AM »

  I'd check the charging system. 99 times out of 100 headlights go dim because the alternator is weak or the regulator is about to puke. Assuminig everything else is functioning properly i.e. wiring and connections, the charging system is the culprit. Turn signal oscillation slows down...interior lights flicker. The junction block on the radiator support connection may have a deteriorating contact--rare--but it happens.
  The oldest test in the book is taking the positive cable off of the battery while the engine is running. Before integrated circuit altenators ( 1973-up ) this could be safely done and it would reliably pin the alternator or regulator as the likely problem. Hold a screwdriver to the case plug on the back of the alternator. If it is magnetically pulled to the alternator, the alternator is charging. That points to the regulator. Those old regulators used springs and coils to control the voltage and the points oxodize like ignition breaker points and they deteriorate.
  Sorry to wax nostalgic, but us old guys pulled our youthful hair out back then when the electrical system acted up and we learned what to look for. Not saying this is definitely your problem, but when all else fails, go back to the very basics.
  Good luck and I hope this helps.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 07:14:03 AM »

lakeholme: Thanks again.

KurtS: Thanks - any particular lamp better than others, or recommended?

hotrod68: Thanks. Planned to do those tests this weekend if time permits (I'm one of those old farts,too Grin) - have an 88 year old family member that took a fall a few days ago and I'm spending most of my time with her.

Y'all take care,
Mike.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 04:01:20 AM »

 Smiley mike         good to meet an oldtimer
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 06:20:17 AM »

Wow, first I am hearing about Lectric Limited not making T3s for Camaros anymore. Any idea what happened? 
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 07:46:18 AM »

hotrod68: Same here.

KevinW: Don't know what happened, but when I got on the web site, it just said 'discontinued'. Figures it would be when I decide to upgrade mine Angry

Y'all take care,
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2014, 09:08:06 AM »

Thanks Mike, that is a shame about them not being made anymore.  It was one of the few repro parts I really liked!  I put them on my Camaro and they fit and work really well.  Oh well, at least my next car is an RS, so the headlights can hide a bit.
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2014, 09:04:18 PM »

Yeah, sure hope someone steps up and fills the gap.

Y'all take care,
Mike.
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