Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stoney Creek, Ontario
Either the socket is gone, something else is wired in and is causing problems or your harness has rubbed on something and worn through. The dash is steel, so provides a good ground. Sockets can be had a Can. Tire, Princess Auto or TSC cheaply. I would actually run a separate circuit for the CB and amp. Use #10 AWG wire with that inline fuse holder and keep the fuse near the battery area. Take it through near the steering/brake booster area. There should be a couple of pop-out plugs near there that should be easy to get through. My 1976 F-350 never had A/C so I don't know if you can get through that area of the fire wall easily. If you go through the steel of the fire wall, make sure you put a grommet in it. The cigarette lighter circuit wire is small and can't handle a lot of current. Useable for radio memory but not much more if you want to use the lighter circuit as intended. I really miss the '76. It was such an easy truck to work on. Side note, grease the king pins regularly. Once a month worked for me after I got them unseized and the grease passages clear again. If you get grease coming out above and below the actual I-beam at the knuckle, you'll enjoy very nice and quiet steering. Many more tips and tricks to come for the 1973-1979 trucks to come as I completely tore mine apart and put it back together. Lots of mods, as well.
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