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Old 11-07-2013, 09:20 AM
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What is this called?

I removed this switch from my truck during the rebuild, and as I'm preparing to install the electrical system, I want to test it to ensure it's working

As I'm searching around on the web for a similar model, I'm having no luck.

Could someone tell me what I should be searching under?

I've tried electrical cut-off switch, battery cut-off switch, etc.

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-A
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:29 AM
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NM. Finally found it under dimmer switch.
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Yeah it's the High Low Dimmer for the headlights that goes in the floor of the driver compartment isn't it?
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Yeah, I'm just young enough that I only saw high / low dimmers located on the steering column. When I removed it from the truck I thought it was an electric cut off for theft deterrent purposes.

The more you know...
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The less you understand.....
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Those were used up until about 1978
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When they changed over to the ones mounted on the column a lot of blondes got into wrecks at night when they were trying to get their left foot up onto the column - mounted switch!
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I kind of miss the floor mounted switch on the newer cars. Less crap to break inside the steering column.
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Any body remember the floor mount starter pedels? They was set so you press the starter and work the gas both with the right foot.
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The Wiring for that exists as late as 1983!

Yes, that's a floor mount, foot operated headlight dimmer switch and I have one in my 83 El Camino! They have been making them with the same design for many years.
I discovered that the connector on the steering column dimmer switch is still the same as that older one! So I cut the wires, extended them about a foot by splicing and I have a floor dimmer switch in my Camino! I prefer it because sometimes I might need to........(Insert your reason here)
And I guess it could be a theft deterrent cut off switch if you connected one output to something critical and left the other unconnected and insulated.?
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Any body remember the floor mount starter pedels? They was set so you press the starter and work the gas both with the right foot.
still in use on many old trucks... like mine lots of rebuilders won't give up their straight 6 for this reason.
my buddy just sold his 52 buick special, just floor the throttle and it energized the starter.
had never seen that one before.
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still in use on many old trucks... like mine lots of rebuilders won't give up their straight 6 for this reason.
my buddy just sold his 52 buick special, just floor the throttle and it energized the starter.
had never seen that one before.
Having had a '52 Buick Special when I was young, I can attest that it works when things are perfect, but they can give you headaches if the car has carb problems and you flood out restarting with gas pedal on the floor to engage the starter!
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There was another use for that switch other than headlights. Anybody remember?

Hmmmm?

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:27 AM
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not that switch, but cadillac had their wonderbar radio
and maverics had a window washer bellows in the same spot. go for the high beams and squirt the windshield
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No, GM actually used the same switch to control their Wonder Bar Radio's. I had one in my old 55 Buick.
As for the Maverick's washers, they were a actual foot operated pump. Not electrical as I remember.

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