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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 9:50 pm 
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Have you ever wanted a light under the hood or bonnet?
What if a hose comes loose at night on a dark road?
No fashlight/torch?

A 4W bulb under the hood could save the day !
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Mine is wired into the parking lights because I have had a seperate switch that accidentally gets pushed during daylight hrs and goes un-noticed until the battery is dead.

Project Time: 3 hrs

Materials:
Duct tape of course
8 ft of black wire
8 ft of blue (or whatever) wire
a dual wire connector -- like used at the parking lights
2 straightened coat hangers
4 ft of string
1 ring connector for ground
soldering equipment or connector
light socket and bulb

I got the under hood lights from a Jaguar (1987-94 XJ6 and XJ12)
the socket is archaic and prone to corrosion but the PLASTIC lens is sooo rad.
the bulb they use is rated at 4W for a whopping 200 hrs.

Modern bulbs are available in 4W to 18W and 1500-2000 hr at the same cost.
The 168 type in Swift corner lights is 5W and 1500 hr.
A 194 can be used -- 4W and 1500 hr. The Long Life 194LL exceeds that.
The 921 type uses the same socket and is 18W and 1000 hr. The 921LL is 2000hr.
Before using a 921 consider that the heat may melt plastic lenses.

First
Assemble the mount, bulb, wire and socket.
Here is the Jag mount, 194 bulb and Swift socket which fits with a little filing of the mount.
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Drill two 1/4" holes to match the mount. Choose a location where there is room for the socket and use screws that wont go thru the hood. :(
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Fish a coat hanger thru the socket hole DOWN thur the channel of the hood and use the other coat hanger to hook it and pull it out
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Tie the string onto the hanger and gently pull the string UP thru the channel,
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Fasten the 2 wires to the string with tape
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Pull the wires gently DOWN thur the channel
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Attach the light assembly
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Untape and fish each wire around the weld
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Then fish each wire thru the squirter hole. pliers help.
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Put the wires in a LOOM with the squirter hose and route under the fuse box. Install a dual wire disconnect to make it easier to remove the hood.
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Locate the power source. I used the Left clearance/running light (under the headlight)
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I have seen a lot of connectors fail so I solder whenever i can.
I melted off the plastic insulation and wrapped the new wire around and soldered.
Tape over the solder.
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I crimped and soldered the ring terminal to the ground wire and attached it to the factory ground point.
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Test the connections
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Note: We could use a mercury switch at the mount for OFF/ON.

edit: good source for bulb details
http://www.donsbulbs.com/cgi-bin/r/t.pl ... bclick.y=0

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got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

completed frame up restoration: black 1994 Swift GT 5sp -- like new ! 45mpg


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 10:11 pm 
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I think the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a light that is retractable that you can move anywhere in the engine bay. Just in case you want that.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 10:53 pm 
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and the 70-73 240Z had a light with switch on a coiled wire. killed my battery.
i'll look at the Jeep for kicks. thanks.

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got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:05 am 
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I use a 3 LED touch-light I found in a dollar store. It runs on 3 AAAs, so no worries about draining the car battery, and it's completely portable. It came with an adhesive tape backing, to which I mounted a hard drive magnet. I use mine mostly as a cargo light, but it has helped out in the engine bay as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:22 am 
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Those both are fantastic ideas, will work great in the Great Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere
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