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I just finished wiring up my 57 headlights taillights and directionals. Can anyone tell me when you have the headlight switch pulled out to the first click what is supposed to be on and also with the headlight switch pulled all the way out? Just making sure mine is correct.
 

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First click you should have park lights in front and taillights/license plate lights in rear.

Second click you should have headlights only no park lights in front, rear should be the same as one click.

Having the auxiliary lights on with the headlights on came long after 55-57s were built. If you want them on, a jumper wire on the switch can take care of it.
 

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And the dash lights will be on in both positions and dimmed by rotateing the knob. :)
 

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i have someting wrong then. my first click is front parking lights headlights. second click is headlights and tail lights. guess I have to mess with the wiring on the switch. thanks for the help.
 

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i have someting wrong then. my first click is front parking lights headlights. second click is headlights and tail lights. guess I have to mess with the wiring on the switch. thanks for the help.
Sounds like the dark green and yellow wires are reversed.
Here is a drawing of the PLUG from the wiring diagram. It is showing the female terminal side of the PLUG, not the wiring side. When you turn the plug over to put it on the switch, the wires will be on the opposite side from the picture.
 

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I had 2 crossed wires. all fixed now. I have those halo's around the headlights that I wired up to the parking lights. looks pretty cool.
 

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How about a picture of the Halo's. Are they like the "angel eyes" on BMW's?
 

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yes just like the angel eyes on BMW's. I bought the whole light fixtures from ebay. they were a good price. I'll take a pic. and post.
 

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While were on the subject which terminals do you jump to keep the front parkers on with the headlights. If doing so will the headlights now turn on with the parkers on the first click?
 

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Which wires do you jump for parkers to stay on with headlights? Jim
Remove the violet wire from the headlight switch connector and connect it to the black wire. The headlights won't come on in the first position.
 

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I would like to be able to have my parking lights on with my headlights; operating on the first position of the switch. Can anyone clarify how to jump the terminals because everything I have tried doesn't come up with a workable solution. I have also heard that there is an updated switch on the market but I haven't been able to find it so if anyone knows what company and part number that would be awesome.
 

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I would like to be able to have my parking lights on with my headlights; operating on the first position of the switch. Can anyone clarify how to jump the terminals because everything I have tried doesn't come up with a workable solution. I have also heard that there is an updated switch on the market but I haven't been able to find it so if anyone knows what company and part number that would be awesome.
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On a 55, remove the purple wire (front parking lights) from the switch and plug it onto the empty terminal next to the black tail light wire. The front parking lights will then come on when the headlights are on. Link to switch ....http://www.trifive.com/garage/55%20Chevy%20Assembly%20Manual/12-6.gif
 

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Thank you; in the first switch position I now have front parking, tail lights and license plate lights on and in the second switch position I now have front parking lights, tail lights, and headlights. By creating a common terminal for the parking lights and tail lights and also adding a diode (which only allows the electricity to flow one direction) between the headlight terminal and the parking/tail terminal the switch is updated. The diode I used is an epoxy rectifier diode part purchased at radio shack for just a little over a dollar and easily installed into the base of the lug terminals in the switch in a matter of minutes. The part number is 276-1141. Thanks again for the help Don.
 

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Actually, you do not need the diode, although it won't hurt either. :) There is no back circuit involved. The tail light terminal, parking light terminal and headlight terminal are completely independent of each other. In effect, it's a single throw, 3 pole switch. In the first position, the power is connected to the front park light terminal and to the tail light terminal. In the second position, the power is connected to the headlight and tail light terminal. When you connect the front park light wire to the tail light extra terminal, it doesn't affect the headlights. It's like connecting 2 more bulbs to the tail light circuit. The front park light terminal is no longer used.
 

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Thanks Don, I don't have the same exact switch in my car so I had to add the diode. I have a 1960 corvette which has been a 26 year project due to kids, wife, and military life. It is not stock and has been so much fun to build, I've done all the work on it except the paint and it is now back on the road. It isn't a 55 but it is a Chevy of the same general era and I do appreciate the help on the headlight switch wiring solution.
 
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