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Old 12-08-2006, 12:38 PM   #1
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how to Cut out the FLASHER RELAY IN THE RED LIGHT.

i just bought a 1986 ford full size bus. i want to eliminate the flasher mechanism so the red flashing lights stay on constantly so i can use them as fog lights? anyone know were to start. If possible post some pics!...also on the main control panel with all the switches i got a switch that say "pumps" what the hell does it do...I turn it on and the light dim and i cant find any pumps????
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:56 PM   #2
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MY bus had a switch for a "pump" as well. Mine was wired into the Webasto heater. Does your bus have one of these units stashed away underneath somewhere? What make is your body?
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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there's a heater in the back of the Bus....not sure if that's what your talking about. Its a international with a ford motor...What body type is that?
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:22 PM   #4
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My bus also has a pump switch on the main panel. The pump is in the coolant line that runs to the heater to help the water circulate; I suppose so the coolant pump on the engine doesn't do all the work. The pump is located in the engine compartment.

Somebody built the body that sits on your International frame. Wayne, Thomas, Blue Bird, Carpenter, Ward, etc but it wasn't International; they only built the chassis.
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:43 PM   #5
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That's kind of a long haul for the coolant from the engine to that rear heater, so the pump helps move the coolant. Ditto on rear engine bus, the coolant must move to the rear heater AND all the way to the front heater.

As for the lights, you talking about the ones on the front and rear roof valence?? I think it would be ilegal to have lights up there?? Not sure about where you are and your local laws....try that here and you get a couple of tickets!!
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alright good deal. i got the "pumps" thing figured out....

now onto the lights....Like i said i'm trying to wire the front lights directly to a switch. You know the red one that flash when the bus is picking up kids and such. I took the red cover off and they make awsome off roading lights or fog light.I want to have them be wired constantly on so when i flip the switch they will stay lit and not flash...I'm wondering were the thing that makes them flash is located. As far as tickets go i dont realy dont care im not going to be driveing with them on or anything like that.
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alright good deal. i got the "pumps" thing figured out....

now onto the lights....Like i said i'm trying to wire the front lights directly to a switch. You know the red one that flash when the bus is picking up kids and such. I took the red cover off and they make awsome off roading lights or fog light.I want to have them be wired constantly on so when i flip the switch they will stay lit and not flash...I'm wondering were the thing that makes them flash is located. As far as tickets go i dont realy dont care im not going to be driveing with them on or anything like that.
There are folks here from all over the place and it's really difficult to make "blanket" statements about what's "ok" and what "isn't ok" but we do the best we can with all the right intentions. The point GoneCamping was trying to make is that in many States having driving lights such as you're considering making your warning flashers into would be illegal (even if they're not turned on) unless they were covered while "on road". Jeep folks (all off-roaders) deal with this all the time so the information for your area isn't hard to come by.

On my bus the flasher control mechanism almost looks like a small motor (I suspect that's what it is inside). When my flashers are on it's pretty obvious what "thing" is making the noise so I suggest turning yours on and seeing if you can track down what thing is whirring, or clicking or whatever. On my bus the controller is located overhead above the driver's seat in the front cap area but I suspect if could just as easily be under the dash, etc.
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On my 95 IH, the flasher box is mounted inside the left front wiring access panel on the outside of the bus. Mine is a small solid state box with a bunch of wires coming out of it. I am thinking the exact same thing for my bus. We use it for camping in alot of non-improved areas, ie. national forests and ranches.
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my bus has a little access door above the drivers head that was originally used to store the first aid kit road flares ect.....This little door allows me access to the backside of the flashing lights. It would be very easy to splice into the positive wire there and run the wire to a switch.

The lights are most likely already grounded. All you need to turn them on is a positive wire.

like the previous posts Finding the controller and locating the wire that goes to the lights is an equally good idea.
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Re: how to Cut out the FLASHER RELAY IN THE RED LIGHT.

Well, I've done this. It's freaking COOL. Let me be more clear. I HAD it done by the dealer where I get the bus serviced (Bryant Motors, Renton WA, great shop). This was not a great idea due to the unanticipated cost, but I've now got a great system. In Washington you can have white lights, but you cannot have the yellow and red flashers. That's what I was told, I haven't actually looked it up.

The mechanics wired around the flasher relay somehow, but this was apparently more challenging than they thought it would be (probably due to the spaghetti of wires in the panel area--a MESS). They then installed two new switches above the driver so you can't inadvertently make it daytime for an oncoming driver. There are two so the front and rear lights are controlled independently (as flashers they all came on together). The rear switch also lights up the old panel light that illuminated when you had your flashers on, so you'll remember that you've got the rear lights on. The new switches and associated wiring added time to the bill, and I was somewhat shocked to find that this little idea of mine that they thought would be pretty easy came to about $300. But it's really the three hours of shop labor I think I got hit with... they were somewhat surprised, too.

I'm labeling the switches "THE SUN" and then below "FRONT" and "BACK"

I can light up the next county. Cannot be used on the road unless it's you and a whole lot of nobody else. Great for finding a campsite, though. Or signaling extraterrestrials, or ships at sea, whatever. Also better than caltrops for tailgaters, but you didn't hear that from me.
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