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    Posted: 09 Oct. 2018 at 11:26pm
ok, I was out after dark for a small couple mile shakedown ride. All lights work except the one at the top of the instrument panel. Is there a way to turn that on? Or pull the bulb to check it? Sorry for the novice questions, but I am lost with this light. I did order a few basic manuals to not bother you guys with this basic stuff.  Thanks............

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If it is close to having a stock harness, etc. There is a toggle switch located on the bottom of the dash panel below the headlamp switch vicinity.

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  Early CJ2-A's had a switch for the dash light mounted on the lower edge of the dash panel to the left of the steering column. Later the switch was eliminated and the light comes on with the parking lights and headlights. To remove the bulb, just pull the hood off, push in slightly on the bulb, and turn to the left.  BW
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In stock configuration the light has only 1 wire running to it, being the switched positive. Negative is through a ground to the body. Check your bulb first. If it's not that, check to make sure you have a good ground to the dash. 

Lots of electrical problems can be traced to bad grounds. 
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I love this place! 

You'd think I'd know about this early switch after all this time. No clue. My first 2A had this switch but it wasn't attached to anything. I always assumed it was a Bubba add. 

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Originally posted by nofender nofender wrote:

I love this place! 

You'd think I'd know about this early switch after all this time. No clue. My first 2A had this switch but it wasn't attached to anything. I always assumed it was a Bubba add. 

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I looked at the 2-1/2 year old post that Mike linked to and as usual there were more than a few answers and configurations. Our two jeeps are 374 units apart and share the same dash lamp switch location.

After spending the last 15 years combing through 69376, I know this for sure. I am only the 3rd owner for at least the last 40 years, it was extremely well cared for, and still has the original fully functioning gauges, as well as lighting (minus the lamps), and the original Klixon light switch. Which leads me to assume that my dash lamp switch could be as well. As far as the red cover, I have no idea if that is original or not, but there are very few of us that have a 72 year length of ownership or worked in Toledo back in the day to say with certainty that is how they were.

I can only say that if not for the O.D. topcoat over the original Picket Gray, mine would fall into the "survivor" category. 

One thing that is certain is; Willys Overland Motors did whatever they could at the time with whatever parts they could source to push units out of the door. 


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Thank you fellas.  I checked and do not have that switch under the dash. I removed the bulb, its good. I have to check power/ground. All the replies are much appreciated.

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Glenn, with all the posts about bad grounds, when I rewired mine, I added a separate ground wire circuit bonding the frame, body fenders and grille to the main battery cable on the engine block. Figured I would try and stop the "No ground" issue before it starts.
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Findings. Power to bulb good, ground good. Pulled bulb,  it looked good BUT looking at it with a magnifying glass it was stamped 12V. Guess that won't work. Will have to go to a vendors website and order a couple bulbs, have an extra laying around in case.

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I guess you are running 6V? 

A 12V bulb in a 6V system will still "work", just very dimly. 
A 6V bulb in a 12V system will burn out quickly. 

If it's not glowing at all, the filament could be gone, or check the internal contacts of the holder
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Yes, it is a 6V system. I have no light coming from the bulb at all,  from what I have been reading it appears I need to find a #63 bulb. Thank you for commenting.

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  Did you check the bulb itself by using jumper wires to your battery? Is the wire going to the right terminal on the light switch?

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Jim, the bulb was shot. I got 1 more for now, its a 12V bulb. Checked new bulb with wires from the battery, it worked but dim as told me.  I was feeling around up behind the panel light attachment point, I could only find one  wire connected and traced it to ground. Also checked it with test light, no power. Ah Ha. 

Where should I pull power from? Right now I am a bit to plump to get under there and eyeball it. Lucky me. Does that hooded bulb piece come out?  As always, thank you all. 

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The wiring diagram shows how it should be wired.
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  Run it to the tail light terminal on the light switch, that way it will come on when the light switch is on for the parking lights and also will come on when the head lights are on.  The dash light socket is held on by a nut and lock washer.  It might be easier to drop the light switch down to attach the wire.  To make it easier to get to the dash light  take the speedometer out and you can reach through the hole.

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Thanks guys, you made it easy. It is always appreciated by me. 

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