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Old 02-01-2006, 06:13 PM
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ideas for reverse lights?

I put a B&M shifter in my Skylark and it has no provisions for reverse lights. Anyone have any ideas for a switch? I really don't want to do a toggle switch under the dash.

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Old 02-01-2006, 06:27 PM
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You could make a bracket to hold a spring loaded push button switch and mount it in a way that part of the linkage engages the switch when in the reverse position.
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Good idea. I've been thinking about a switch on the shifter but didn't even think about putting one on the trans actuated by the linkage.

BTW, is that your car in your avatar? Got any more pics of it? It looks like what I'd like to build next.
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If you have a B&M shifter you should be able to mount a switch on there, it should not really be all that hard to figure the location of mounting a microswitch to make it work.

You didn't mention whether this was a shifter for a manual or automatic transmission, but the microswitch can be adapted to either.
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This ball switch might be useful.

http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb....dbf~1EW118OL6~
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Time to show my ignorance. What exactly is a microswitch and where would I get one? Guess I'll do an internet search and see what I come up with. Thanks again.

Ah, this just in...the ballswitch. This is great you guys, thanks!
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Mike,

I'm just curious. Did you get your B&M shifter new (in the box) or was it second hand? The B&M shifters I have bought new have all had a couple of micro switches included (one for neutral safety switch and one for back-up light) and also a specific mounting point on the shifter assembly for the switches.

My guess is you could get the switches from B&M but they might cost you a little more that from an electronics parts house.

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Dewey, it was new and it has a switch for the neutral safety which I've hooked up but not for the reverse lights. I'll call B&M and see if they have anything specific for my application but I also found on the Ron Francis wiring site, a combination neutral safety/back up switch that mounts on the trans. Its a little pricey at $50.00 but may be the way to go.
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Lokar makes a nice one.......
I have used these before...and they work great. They are under the car.....and work off the shift linkage.


DEUCE..
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What exactly is a microswitch and where would I get one?
Go to www.mcmaster.com and search for "microswitch". They come in many configurations so there's one for just about anything.
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