• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

‘65 Scout 80 No power to any electrical


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I just purchased a 65 scout 80 and the previous owner replaced the gauges in the right instrument cluster and none of them were working properly. I pulled the dash off to investigate And discovered that the wires to get the gauges were pretty spliced together so I decided this was a project for another day and reassembled the dash.

I now do not have power to anything. No lights no starter, nothing.

Before unbolting the dash, I had power to lights, starter, etc.

I read in the service manual:
“The various electrical units on these chassis are protected by a circuit breaker in the lighting switch. If a short develops in the headlamp circuit or in the wiring to other lights the circuit breaker relieves the load.“

does this mean I should start by looking at the light switch?
Can anyone recommend a good place to start since there’s not a fuse box.

seems like it should be something simple
I am not an electrical guy.