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So over thanksgiving I did a number of lighting mods one of them being the under hood light installed from a explorer or earlier rangers/broncos. I like using oem parts, some may prefer to use led strip lights on a switch, but my moto has always been "OEM is best." So I got a explorer underhood light that is a simple power and ground setup, with a mercury switch. 
1. Not a necessary step but I took the electrical tape off and re taped it to make it look nice. 
2. I installed a led bulb instead of the normal incandescent bulb. 
3. I have removed the engine blanket from the hood so finding the provided mounting point on the hood was easy. Others may have to remove the blanket and cut a hole to fit the light in the correct place. There are factory holes to use. 
4. I oriented the light so it functioned properly. 
5. I ran the wire through the inside of the hood Just looked a little cleaner.
6. I ran the power to the fuse block, where the pain power wire (pretty large and two pronged) that bolts to the fuse block. I lossened one of the nuts (dosnt matter which one)and used a O shaped terminal connector to hook around the stud and I tightened the nut back down. 
7. I ran the ground to a factory ground to the right of the fuse block (you will see it. 
8. Reconnect the battery and test. 
9. Let there be light! 

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Just as a fair warning, the engine blanket will keep your paint from "checking" from all the heat that resides under the hood.

I've removed two of them on previous Fords from the same 90's era and both hoods checked due to the paint basically being cooked. Left it on my 93' Ranger; 24 years later still no checking on it but my 89' white vehicle and my 95' which was black vehicle especially had bad issues with the paint.

And at a later date, you can take advantage of the OEM hood-lights auto on off feature to an extent. I can damn near perform surgery under my hood now. lol



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I have heard about the heat issue but when a car is sitting out during the summer it gets just as hot or hotter than the temperature a running engine could produce. 

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Well, I am going to tell on myself here. I installed an under-hood light. Has a mercury switch and an LED 1156 bulb. The light is out of a *cough* Chevy Blazer. But just so you all won't think too badly of me, the light is actually made FOR GM by TRW, so that isn't so bad, right?



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Nice write up, Matt! Thanks! ANY light under the hood is a good thing! :)



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MattFX4 wrote: I have heard about the heat issue but when a car is sitting out during the summer it gets just as hot or hotter than the temperature a running engine could produce. 

Quite a bit hotter but if anything ambient temperature even in direct sunlight is far less than engine temps even on stock vehicles with cast manifolds. Which drives me kinda crazy when i see people with a nice truck or car raging on their   in 118* weather here in the summer, just abusing a vehicle.

people rarely understand the stresses an engine have on it and then when we wonder why   goes wrong or breaks.. just saying.

How hot does a engine exhaust get? F.L.I.R. visual


Stock Fiero GT N/A -34* weather - Skip to to 1:25;


Bolt-on modded Nissan Skyline upgraded turbo with Stock manifold still;


Modded Rotary N/A [if the exhaust is that hot imagine the rest of it closer to the head;


Bolt-on modded N/A Honda Civic 1.5l


Wheeling truck that gets stuck N/A V8;



And I'm not clear on your geo-location but I'd be willing to bet with good chances you live in a four season State. Both the white and black vehicles i mentioned above were when I lived in Detroit. White vehicle unmodded full size Ford conversion Van 5.0L V8, second vehicle (black) Heavily modified 95' Ford Escort 1.9L inline 4cyl w/full internals, full 4-1 race header, SS 60mm straight pipe back out Dynomax Ultraflow can, NO emissions control devices - not even EGR. So both ends of the spectrum same issue only common link was the heat buffer that was between. Even the engine position and sizes totally different.

I know it sounds like I'm going above and beyond to change your mind, I'm not really so much as I am sharing information to prove a point thats theres more going on than you think. And then to up the anty, add to it high temperature areas like the real desert conditions of Vegas, Phoenix, Texas in some parts, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona altogether.

Its the reasons why I upped the cooling system and its potential to eliminate failure points or at least raise them enough they're of littler concern. Next is the oil cooling and delivery system and a total reworking of the exhaust in itself as well.

Like I said, just pointing out some things many don't think about or dismiss altogether so they may be able to make a better informed decision or mods at a later date.



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Thanks for the junk yard mod . I’m going to grab two so it lights up both sides of the bay and looks  symmetrical  Thank brotha 👍🏼🍻

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I literally just was thinking of doing the same thing .

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Here's the link to the write up for the LED lighting setup that I built to care of lighting the engine bay.

http_://www.fordtruckfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38794


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Nice write up, Bill!  You should duplicate that here in the DIY section as another option for under-hood lighting.

On another note, when you want to post a link to a NON-HTTPS site, use the "Insert Code Tags" function.  The button is on the far right, top row in the Post Reply dialog and looks kind of like this: <>



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BTW, just remembered that GM had a retractable under-hood light that was pretty nifty, if you can find one that isn't broken. You could pull the light out of the fixture and the cord would feed out so you could use it like a trouble light.



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mhoward wrote: Nice write up, Bill!  You should duplicate that here in the DIY section as another option for under-hood lighting.

On another note, when you want to post a link to a NON-HTTPS site, use the "Insert Code Tags" function.  The button is on the far right, top row in the Post Reply dialog and looks kind of like this: <>



NOTE: you don't have this option with the quick reply dialog.




Hi Michael, thanks for the heads up. I tried doing this shortly after those characters were explained and the result didn't turn out as expected, so I bailed (for now anyway). This after.........for some reason, embedding youtube vids and having them consistently turn out as expected in a post, and without having to go back  make 2-5 edit attempts before it comes up right are of bother here, and I don't know why. This explains why most of my posts with a YT vid have either been edited, or I just post a YT link the old fashioned way and move on, or don't post a video at all. :-/






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That is a nice write up, thanks, i wish i had at least some factory wiring to base it from ;)

Chris would have to help with the flagged stuff, i'm not sure it's currently possible for the non https link to be used, still a WIP - would be great to have it written up for the How To section here ;)



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mhoward wrote: BTW, just remembered that GM had a retractable under-hood light that was pretty nifty, if you can find one that isn't broken. You could pull the light out of the fixture and the cord would feed out so you could use it like a trouble light.
Ford also had one that would reach around the truck in either direction and had a magnetic mount. It was on the early 80's XLT F150's as an option and again on the 98-03 F150 Lariats. 



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@Tony: Thanks for that info. I wasn't aware that Ford did a similar thing. Honestly, I only knew of the GM offering because I saw them in the salvage yard. Plenty of Chevys there... not so many F150s, let alone Lariats. :)



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The only reason I know about the 80's one is my dad had at 80 XLT with every option and it included the retractable under-hood light. When I bought a new F-150 in 88 through military sales I got to order exactly what I wanted. The retractable under-hood light was no longer available.

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That is good to know. I have added one of those to my salvage yard pick list!



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What is the part number for the OEM under hood light? I think that's a great idea on adding one honestly. I'm surprised more vehicles don't have them as standard... It's annoying at times when you need to pop the hood at night and you don't have a flashlight.

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I would be interested to know the part number as well... if anyone has it or can find it. I will research it as well.



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So from searching on ebay this looks like the OEM light? Anyone know of the connection. From what I read the switch is built into the light connector itself. So all that is needed is the 12v constant and then ground it...

Ford 1U5Z-15702-aa:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Ranger-Bronco-Explorer-Under-Hood-Engine-Light-Bulb-Lamp-OEM-1U5Z-15702-AA/201304246390?fits=Make%3AFord%7CModel%3ARanger&epid=1211213128&hash=item2edeab0876:g

Complete used assembly. Just cut off the end connector, to tap off the fuse box, but actual light plug in connector will be great.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/87-98-MUSTANG-LX-GT-UNDER-HOOD-ENGINE-COURTESY-LIGHT-LAMP-SWITCH-W-HARNESS-505/222732683956?fits=Make%3AFord&hash=item33dbe70ab4:g:C2cAAOSwbF1aGZGk:sc:USPSPriorityMailSmallFlatRateBox!20155!US!-1&vxp=mtr

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That is correct just power and ground 👍 I ran it to the underhood fuse block to one of the power post on the outside of it and grounded it on a factory ground 

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Here is an oem retractible under hood light from a 1981 Ford F-150. #E0TB-15550-DA

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^^^ I've seen that pop up under the hood on an 85 F-250, wired and installed as stock looking as could ever be.



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