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Actually, my wiring is in pretty good shape. My Mustang went through a partial restoration before I bought it in 1999 and the under dash harness was replaced at that time. I can't take credit for the idea. A fellow member of my local Mustang club and a well known authority on 65-66 Mustangs (anyone else know Richard Porter and his sweet 66 K-Code?) has done this for several other folks who wanted to upgrade their early Mustangs to halogen headlights. One thing he did tell me was to definitely go with the more expensive 69 original Motorcraft switch. It's much more expensive than the current repros, but it's also much better quality. I got mine from Rockauto.com, but I'm not sure if they have any in stock right now.
1965 Convertible 200 I-6, C-4 Auto, Long Console, 6K Rally Pac, Power Top
I did not have problems with my original 66 switch going out and coming back on due to too much current.
My problem was the voltage drop caused by the old wiring. The passenger side was noticeably dimmer compared to the driver side because of the wiring going over the radiator. The relays supply full voltage without any line loss due to the old wiring, resulting in much brighter lights.
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I'm running those Scott Drake halogen headlights that have the FoMoCo logo...
I didn't realize they were selling such, I might be interested in a pair myself. How many amps do they draw? I wonder who makes them?
The original bulb from Ford was a 6012 which was 40/50 watts; they are no longer made and the replacement today is a 6014. From the Sylvania catalog the 6014 is a little higher wattage but not much: 50/60. The same Sylvania catalog shows the H6024 as being 40/60 watts so their halogen draws less current on low beam than their regular bulbs and all of them are so close to factory original that it wouldn't make any difference for the wiring. If you need wiring changes, you need wiring changes, but its not because of Sylvania halogen bulbs. For comparison purposes the original Ford coil draws 70 watts.
Most of the regular Mustang Parts vendors are selling them (got mine from VA Classic). I'm not sure about the draw. I'll check and see if any specs came in the box. Funny that while I'm using a 69 switch in my 65, Drake says that 69 is the only year they won't work for. Probably because of the dual headlight system.