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#1 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 08:39 AM

Thanks to a couple friends (one virtual and one local) I was able to exceed my expectations for the installation of a reverse (back-up) light on my 1974 John Deere 110.

I started with a brake light kit from a 1970s era snowmobile....

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I ordered a 12 Volt Halogen Vehicle Work Light (SKU #93904) from Harbor Freight Tools (1-800-444-3353 or www.harborfreight.com); $12.99 plus shipping.

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I modified the light bracket to allow for clearance between the light and the tractor body by replacing the "short bolt" that came on the light with a longer carriage bolt.

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I bolted the bracket and light to the tractor using one of the pre-drilled holes in the back of the tractor. I threaded the red (hot) wire through one of the other pre-drilled holes; although I attached a ground wire (blue) to the carriage bolt, it was not necessary since the carriage bolt acted as a ground for the light on it's own.

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Using the wiring connector, wires and switch in the 1970s break light kit I spliced into one of the tail light wires to power the light. I then modified the switch bracket and attached it to the underside of the shifter plate on the body of the tractor; I positioned the switch so that when in reverse the shifter lever would depress the switch arm, thus turning on the reverse light.

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All in all it took approximately 45-60 minutes to set up, trouble shoot and have the light up and running. Thanks to Tom (ME) and Troy (PA) for their help with this project.

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I've uploaded a video clip on Youtube of the light in action. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHAUVQAV15Y

Matthew

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 08:53 AM

Welcome to the Forum. Cool installation. I noticed you had another thread that is almost the same as this waiting to be approved. Would you like it removed?

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 08:56 AM

Yes, please do. I'm a newbie and my first post kinda sorta bombed. Thanks.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 08:58 AM

No problem. Glad you joined up, pretty cool light set-up.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 09:29 AM

That came out great ! The extra effort into working a automatic sw instead of just a toggle sw ( like I would have done ) sets it apart , Al
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Posted January 29, 2012 - 12:12 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. Thats a nice install and a really handy thing to have when plowing or blowing snow at night. I just might gear up something like that for my 314. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 12:43 PM

Nice idea, I have a coule of micro switches around... Hmmm

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 02:06 PM

Al, thanks. I really enjoy tinkering and I've had a blast looking through the posts on this site for unique ways to solve problems or making things better.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 02:08 PM

JD, Thanks. You know that this will ensure we don't get anymore snow here in Maine, now that I'm set up for the mother of all night storms. Ha!

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 02:11 PM

The light looks to be doing a great job. The micro switch is a really neat set-up. Thanks for sharing..

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 02:11 PM

MH81 & JD,

When you rig something up please post pics. I really enjoy learning from others and seeing how others tackle the same challenge. Thanks again.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 02:13 PM

You are welcome. Thanks for helping to keep this forum going.

The light looks to be doing a great job. The micro switch is a really neat set-up. Thanks for sharing..



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Posted January 29, 2012 - 04:23 PM

Works great Matthew. The grounding of a syncronizer switch while in reverse, was the only way I knew it could work, without you having to flip a separate switch while backing up. Glad it worked out for you, and you did good! Let us know if we can help you out with anymore problems!

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Troy,

Thanks. I do have two more stumpers (not biggies); one about front tire valve stems on inside vs. outside and a mystery wire behind my console. Want me to email them to you or post for others to read/answer?

Matthew

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hey, great idea, that solves the problem I have on the Caterpillar for turning on a light I am mounting back there.. oh, and finding which slot is reverse, forgot to mark it lol. Glad to have you on the forum, glad you joined up, hope you enjoy the site. I would think a momentary switch would accomplish the same thing.




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