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This is an open forum open to the internet. We want to know of any deviation from "factory stock."

Our prints show green with a yellow trace (Green-Yellow) start at the headlight switch (D-post). That wire feeds both door switches with power.

You refer to 'switch' but I don't know which one. If you are looking for a 1960 Thunderbird turn signal unit wire it should be Blue. Power for the flasher unit starts as orange-yellow at the key switch and continues to the headlight switch fuse, then to the flasher unit. After the flasher unit, the wire continues to the steering column connectors (look for a blue wire and blue bullet connector).

I have to say, a blown fuse in the middle of a trip is very rare. Fuses usually blow when something happens to cause overcurrent. - Dave
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Of course you were correct, I was probably having an acid flashback. But fuse replaced, signals are back working. I'm pretty sure the whole wiring of the car is stock.

On that note I'm trying to get my micro switch for the washer working but am wonder where I can tap into to get switched power.

Also I have a 3 prong micro switch, 1 is common, power in I'm assuming, then there is normal open and normal closed. I'm assuming to get switch actuation I plug into normal open so the switch closes it and we get power correct?
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Scott, are we talking about 'electric wipers'? You don't offer much detail so that's what I assume. If so, the correct method is to ADD an in-line fuse for both the wiper motor and the squirts. I assume you will use an electric motor pump for the squirts (like most modern cars have). Simply add another ring terminal to your key switch 'A' terminal for the new fuse, but put the fuse somewhere convenient, so you can reach it on a dark Sunday night, when most fuses go south.

BTW, while you're under there, you will find an in-line fuse right next to your 1960 Squarebird's key switch. Extend the wires on that fuse and mount it in a convenient place so you can access it without standing on your head.

Micro switches are very reliable and great but most have a very low current capacity. I use them to turn on a relay. In fact, I'm using a computer mouse micro switch for my brake pedal. It nicely energizes a relay coil but the relay contacts do all the heavy lifting for the lamps. Relays and sockets are cheap and practically bullet-proof.

I always invite different ideas and opinions just in case someone has a better one than mine. I'm always learning too, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts. - Dave

Use your ohm meter or a continuity light to find your normally open contacts. If you are only using two terminals on the switch it doesn't matter which terminal you connect to power.
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Scott, are we talking about 'electric wipers'? You don't offer much detail so that's what I assume. If so, the correct method is to ADD an in-line fuse for both the wiper motor and the squirts. I assume you will use an electric motor pump for the squirts (like most modern cars have). Simply add another ring terminal to your key switch 'A' terminal for the new fuse, but put the fuse somewhere convenient, so you can reach it on a dark Sunday night, when most fuses go south.
Thanks Dave, I made the little micro switch behind the stock squirter switch to convert it to electric. The stock wiper motor is working great after pulling out all the extra vacuum hoses and capping them at the motor. I did the brake fluid trick at the same time and they've worked well ever since. A note to anyone considering running the brake fluid through the vacuum motor, do it outside, I did it in an underground parking lot, it looked like the building was on fire for an hour after. I now have an ohm meter so I'll get back under there to test for a hot connection.
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...Micro switches are very reliable and great but most have a very low current capacity. I use them to turn on a relay...
The relay is very important. If you have problems finding a good one with a socket, I can send you one for five bucks plus shipping. - Dave
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Scott, can you show us a photo of your switch conversion? and
what exact switch you purchased?

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Scott, can you show us a photo of your switch conversion? and
what exact switch you purchased?

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The procedure is in the TRL. Here's the link.
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John I did pretty much exactly what is in the TRL. I used these

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