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My backup lights have never worked, so I figured "hey why not make them work with a switch? It should be fun!" Am I opening trouble or will this work? I assume I just need to fine the wire and put the switch in there somewhere then route/mount the switch. Am I going to be jeopardizing some other electrical system by doing this?
 

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u might wanna put a waning light on the dash or get a light up switch, so u dont go driving around all day with the back up lights on.
 

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should be able to wire it into the shifter somehow. Need more details on the car. Do you have no sockets at the lights for them?
 

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should be able to wire it into the shifter somehow. Need more details on the car. Do you have no sockets at the lights for them?
K. Yeah there are sockets and everything is in place. BTW this is an automatic, if it matters. Everything is there like stock.
 

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My backup lights have never worked, so I figured "hey why not make them work with a switch? It should be fun!" Am I opening trouble or will this work? I assume I just need to fine the wire and put the switch in there somewhere then route/mount the switch. Am I going to be jeopardizing some other electrical system by doing this?
My friend did that to his '78 Ford F150. The truck had an aftermarket floor shifter in it with no switch for the reverse light. What we did was install a shift knob with a built in microswitch (like the ones used for linelocks or nitrous) to operate the reverse lights. Then he just held the button down when backing up. As soon as he let go, the lights went out.





 

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Back when I was a young'un, I toggled my back up lights in my 59 Impala after having installed a floor shift. Kinda fun to be stopped at a stop light and turn on the back up lights and rev the engine. Driver behind me would start looking for escape routes thinking my car was in reverse and about to come backwards when the light turned.:D
 

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Back when I was a young'un, I toggled my back up lights in my 59 Impala after having installed a floor shift. Kinda fun to be stopped at a stop light and turn on the back up lights and rev the engine. Driver behind me would start looking for escape routes thinking my car was in reverse and about to come backwards when the light turned.:D

giving me ideas :devil:
 

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Why not just get the original working again? Is you car an automatic if so the switch in question is at the bottom of the column and if all the linkage is hooked up, I'll be willing to bet that's all it is.:yes:
 

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Back when I was a young'un, I toggled my back up lights in my 59 Impala after having installed a floor shift. Kinda fun to be stopped at a stop light and turn on the back up lights and rev the engine. Driver behind me would start looking for escape routes thinking my car was in reverse and about to come backwards when the light turned.:D
Hee hee:devil:... you are influncing young'uns to do the same:eek:

Why not just get the original working again? Is you car an automatic if so the switch in question is at the bottom of the column and if all the linkage is hooked up, I'll be willing to bet that's all it is.:yes:
Well...... I am hoping to have some revenge on people tailing me like 10ft from my bumper.:devil::D
 

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I like the shifter knob idea! Will use that one. My tranny doesn't have a speedo hook up,so I'm mounting a Garmin GPS to the dash for a speedo,pretty accurate, checked it to 120.Now I got two problems solved!( only 264 more to figure out) P.S. make sure that tailgater aint no smokey.
 

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P.S. make sure that tailgater aint no smokey.
If I ever buy bucket seats and a floor shifter I would love to do the shift know thing.:yes: And don't worry, I know which makes/models are undercover police around here.:D The big tailgaters are either on their phones or in little POS hondas. Go figure?
 

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I put aftermarket B/U lights on my 65 Suburban, and wired them to the fuse box, and I just flip the lighted switch when I shift into reverse and it works great. Wiring this way means I can use them for light at night without the engine on, or the truck in reverse as well.
 
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