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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Boonedogaz, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Boonedogaz
    Joined: Feb 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Have a question my father in law has a stock 38 sedan & it's still a 6 volt ! I ordered him some hologine head lights of E bay both head lights have power but one is bright one is super dim switched lights & it's the wiring not the light does any one no what could be causing the driver side to be sending such a week current to one side & not the other ! Is it just do to being a 6 volt system ? Thanks
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  2. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    I'd say check your grounds.
    Dammmmm thats nice.
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  3. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,728

    from Woburn, MA

    Assuming you mean Halogen?

    Are they 6V bulbs?
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  4. Dim one has a bad ground...check and repair.

  5. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,671

    Atwater Mike

    Stunning coupe!
    Agree, bad headlamp ground.
    26 roadster likes this.
  6. What they said. ^^^^^^
  7. Boonedogaz
    Joined: Feb 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Thanks I will check it out
  8. Boonedogaz
    Joined: Feb 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Yah halogen I can't spell thanks
  9. Welcome to the Hamb.
    Nice coupe!
    Yep, I'd bet bad ground.
  10. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427

    Raiman1959, that's a sweet car!;):D
  11. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 193


    Great looking car! It sounds like you have a grounding problem. Welcome to the HAMB, great place for lot's of good car info!
  12. bostonhemi
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 668


    Nice car. welcome
  13. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,194

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool ride - you will find that many here are not well grounded
  14. slack
    Joined: Aug 18, 2014
    Posts: 533


  15. Welcome to the HAMB....Sweet ride and the above are right as far as check the ground.
  16. 210sedan
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 168

    from upnorth,wi

    halogen on 6 volts is lame, you have ground problem. but switch car to 12 volt - ground you will be happy
  17. Great look'in coupe, welcome from MN
  18. Welcome to the HAMB.
    Nice car! What's the story?
  19. The problem is probably in the grounds as others have noted. Start looking there. Six volt systems are affected a lot more if there are poor grounds. Did the car get a good coat of paint before assembly, that may be the cause of your ground problem (headlight buckets insulated from fender). Some people actually run a separate ground wire when they cannot locate/solve the problem but you should be able to find it. Although not part of your current problem be sure the battery cables are designed for 6 volts and not new cables from the local auto parts store designed for 12 volts. The old 6 volt cables are heavier. If the starter cranks the car slowly the cables are probably the problem.

    If it turns out not to be a ground problem here is a schematic that will help you trace the wires:

    Actually the car is a coupe, not a sedan (assuming you are talking about the one in the picture in the first post).

    Be sure to also visit

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2016
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  20. A quick way to confirm that your problem is with bad grounds is to run a piece of wire from the ground side of the battery and touch it to the grounded part of the headlight socket. If the light gets bright you know where to start looking.

    Charlie Stephens
  21. When you have fixed the grounding issue can you please post up a ton more photos of your gorgeous coupe, oh and welcome also:) JW
  22. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,418

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Nice coupe.....Need more pics of it.

    Oh, and check the grounding.
  23. keywestjack
    Joined: Jul 14, 2013
    Posts: 96

    from Pittsburgh

    Please post more photos.
  24. Can U Tig it?
    Joined: Apr 22, 2016
    Posts: 7

    Can U Tig it?
    from Central PA

    Let's see under her bonnet!
  25. Boonedogaz
    Joined: Feb 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    The coupe is 12 volt it's mine the 6 volt is my father in laws car & yes it was the ground thank you every one ! Should've none it was because of a repaint the head light bucket wasn't getting a good ground ! Here's the car [​IMG] again thanks for all the advice & kind words about my 38 coupe !
    mgtstumpy and LOU WELLS like this.
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,426

    from Ojai,Ca

    Welcome, Glad the brain trust helped you out. Both yours and your in-law's cars are very nice. More photos would be welcome.
  27. heavydumper
    Joined: Mar 9, 2002
    Posts: 64


    Two nice looking cars you have there. The green color on the sedan is really nice. Would like to see more photos of both cars. 6 volts is plenty if you set them up right. No need to switch to 12v providing all is correct.
  28. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,848


    I was wondering about the wattage of the 6volt halogen bulbs and if they should have a relay?
    26 T Ford RPU likes this.
  29. WOW What a sweet ride!
  30. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,556

    mike bowling

    Welcome to the Jungle!
    Nice cars-

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