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Old 01-14-2011, 01:39 PM
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'55-'59 Chevy brake light switch

Just 'cause I want better reliability, I decided to change the line pressure brake light switch to the old '55-'59 Chevy lever arm mechanical style. I got the switch home, but before I crawled under the car decided to check operation. It has continuity with the lever at rest. Is this correct? Does it have to be depressed/operated for correct operation? Or - do I need to return it for another? It was even stamped Made in USA

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Yes...thats right....It attaches to the pedal, so when you push it, it comes to the rest position......You have to make a bracket that holds the button in when your foot is off the brake.

If youn think about it, thats the only way to do it as the pedal is braking at different positions
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Yes...thats right....It attaches to the pedal, so when you push it, it comes to the rest position......You have to make a bracket that holds the button in when your foot is off the brake.

If youn think about it, thats the only way to do it as the pedal is braking at different positions
Yep - thought so - went back with my DVM and "proved it" to myself as well. Now - all I have to do is get my creaky bones under the car and do the installation. Thanks

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might think about attaching it to the steering column/mount so that when the pedal is in the up (off) position it holds the switch open and when you depress the brake pedal it allows the switch to come to the rest (on) position....... let off the switch is depressed etc.....
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might think about attaching it to the steering column/mount so that when the pedal is in the up (off) position it holds the switch open and when you depress the brake pedal it allows the switch to come to the rest (on) position....... let off the switch is depressed etc.....
Isn't the master cylinder mounted to the frame? If so the pedal would come up through the floor.
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Isn't the master cylinder mounted to the frame? If so the pedal would come up through the floor.
The MC is on the frame on a TCI chassis. I have to 'dream up' a bracket and lengthen a couple wires. No big thing except too many hours laying on my back

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