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okay so...i bought my 65 convert. in n.j. last month. as i'm driving home to ca. the first night; smoke starts coming from the dash. i stopped at the first station possible. by then there was no smoke but i had lost my dash lights. later that same night the head lights started going off and on (strob-a driving). it hasn't happened since. i noticed that the horn was disconnected, the lighter doesn't work, radio not hooked up, when i tried to turn the head light knob to get the courtesy under dash lights , and dash lights to come on they didn't. the knob doesn't turn; it just pulls in and out. any recommendations would be gratefully appreciated. just don't tell me to shoot her, she has become very dear to me. thanx all

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OK, I'm no expert, but I would suspect two things. I also guess you've got to take apart all electricals and buy a wiring diagram if you haven't one. It sure sounds like the wiring needs a lot of investigation to correct.

Your headlight switch sounds asif it is not working properly, but it is easily replaced. Furthermore you probably burnt of the insulation on some of the wiring, casuing one or several shorts which is probably why the dashlights do not work.

Had it only been about the dash light not working my advise would be the following. Usually I would say check the ground from the metal dash to the instrument cluster. It is only a short wire, which often is missing or not grounding properly.

As you say a lot isn't hooked up, maybe one of those wires/connectors created a short which led to the melting insulation and loss of dash lights.

Be sure to check all wiring under the dash and repair where necessary to avoid these things in the future. Hook up everything the PO left unhooked. Change the headlight switch to a new one and see if the problem is cured.

As I said, I'm no expert, but other posters will be able to help you out more expertly.

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Like the other poster said, you need to get a wiring diagram book for starters. I'd go through the dash wiring with a fine tooth comb. The light switch problem probably has nothing to do with the other, just replace it.

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Sounds like you have two problems: radio, cigarette lighter are on a fuse (probably blown). The headlights/dashlights and underdash lights are controlled by a circuit breaker in the headlight switch, and it may have been stuck on instead of tripping, causing the smoke Jeannie to come out and play. I'd suggest replacing the headlight switch and examining the fuse box....The ultimate cause is probably a wire shorting against the electrical ground somewhere.

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okay, i'll get the headlight switch tomorrow and check the fuse box. as far as the wire grounding, do i look for loose wires hanging around that could be touching metal? if it looks to scary in there i'll probably take that part to an electrician. i might get brave and tackle it myself. thanx everyone for your input!!

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