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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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New C3 owner needs help with stupid questions.

Hi there! I just bought a 1971 Corvette! This must be the most stupid question that was ever posted on a Corvette forum, but how does the front lights work? Pull it out halfway and it's parking light, all the way and it's headlights? How do I change between half/full light?

Also, when I push the brakes (in Parking) the warning for both turn signal lights comes on, it's an electronic problem?
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For half and full light I'm assuming you mean low beam and high beam , there should be a foot switch up by where your left foot resides, it's called the dimmer switch. It is a rotary toggle switch, press once for high beam, press again for low beam , press again for high beam and so on...

For the turn signal problem sounds like it's searching for a ground. check all instrument ground connections. I'm not sure where they are located. Someone on this forum will know where they are located. Anyone??
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Hi there! I just bought a 1971 Corvette! This must be the most stupid question that was ever posted on a Corvette forum, but how does the front lights work? Pull it out halfway and it's parking light, all the way and it's headlights? How do I change between half/full light?

Also, when I push the brakes (in Parking) the warning for both turn signal lights comes on, it's an electronic problem?

It sounds like the ground wires back at the rear lights aren't fastened to the ground stud on the light housing so it's backfeeding and lighting up your turn signal indicators. As these Corvettes are all fiberglass every light that is mounted in the body has to have a ground wire.

As far as your high beam/low beam goes there is a push-button selector switch under the carpeting to the left of the clutch/brake pedal just like the 50's and 60's cars had.
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Check the hazard light switch, if it is in the on position and the brakes are depressed the turn signal indicators will light.

It may not have a flasher installed and be in the on position.
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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Great, thanks a lot for the help! I have actually not seen any hazard light switch anywhere, this is a bit of a race build, so things aren't totally original. I definitely mean high and low beam! English is not my native tongue, and in Swedish schools they just want to teach you Shakespear, not anything car related.
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welcome to the SV Forum..
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Trust me there is no stupid questions when it comes to these cars, if you figure most are over 20 years old and have been at the hands of buba.
The hazard switch should be a black knob in the right hand side of the column, if its missing the hole should still be visible. If it turns out that a ground is the issue, the ground on my 77 is located on the passenger side rear and grounded at the frame. The down fall of the vettes is grounding issues, over half my issues were solved by just re-grounding.
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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Looking forward to driving and learning with this car. It has a 500+ hp 496, so it's not really driver-friendly, but as I am slowly learning to control it, it's loads of fun!
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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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How big gas tank does the '71 Corvette have? Someone stole the gas from my car in the garage!!! So, I would like to know just how much money I have lost, for insurance reasons... In Sweden, the gas costs 8 dollars per gallon...
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$8/gal? ouch! standard tank was 20 gallons...buy a locking gas cap!!

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