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Re: [T3] Headlight switch

<x-flowed>I'm looking at the Bentley "Workshop Manual - Volkswagen Type 3 1961-1967" - a 2.5" thick beast with a blue cover.
Yes you're right it looks like a US only thing on T3s only. There's no reference to it prior to 65. It seems to be when the parking lights became second filaments in the front indicators, which may have been a US only thing. Prior to 65 they may have been in the headlights?

The various T34 wiring diagrams are in colour on the t34 registry site:
None show parking lights off with headlights on for these cars.

Jim Adney wrote:

On 5 Apr 2006 at 10:56, Chris Wright wrote:

Hmmm, I don't think I have enough answers to write it up yet. Looking at the 1500S 64-66 T3 wiring diagram in Bentley, the front parking lights are wired to the same 2 fuses (1&2 from the left) as the back ones, so they stay on all the time. However the warning light in the dash is wired direct to terminal 57 on the switch and therefore goes out when on headlights. Your mails suggest that this only happened from 68 onwards and earlier front parking lights went off with the headlights. This only appears to be so on US models. The 65 onwards 1600 US version was different. According to the Bentley diagrams, the front parking lights were fed from a separate fuse (7th one from the left) supplied from terminal 57 so they and their warning light go out when you're on headlights.

Going through the T34 wiring diagrams the front parking lights have always been connected to the rear ones on fuses 1&2 from the left, so they were always on with the headlights right through production. Unless someone knows differently..........

Okay, so it sounds like the "parking lights off with headlights on" was only a "feature" on early US models. Does that sound right?

The other interesting thing is that T3weezer has a part number on a rectangular pattern 6v switch with a suffix 'A', which according to my list was only for the very early T1 and T14 up to 1957.

While our switches sound exactly alike in every other respect, mine does not have the VW part # on it anywhere, although it does have the VW logo. I have some late ones, however, that have the part # molded into the plastic.

I'd still like to hear if any wires were misplaced on his switch though.

Me too. I'd like to think that this explains everything if we could just all get to your level of understanding.

It's also odd that you mention looking at the wiring diagram in the early Bentley while he says there is nothing there. Are we all thinking about the same "early" Bentley? Did Bentley finally come out with a "late" Bentley that covered the early cars? I need to look at my early Bentley, which is a thin black cover book with very sparce info in it.

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