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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 00, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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can some explain to me just how they work (since mine aren't). this is on a 4 speed with the console. does the switch still have to be at the base of the steering column or were these only for column shifters? is there a switch somewhere on the trans going to this back switch? thanks, mike

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 00, 04:38 PM
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Mine doesn't work either. I investigated it and found out that the switch is indeed on the steering column and there is linkage (mine is missing)from the 4 speed transmission linkage to the steering column that actuates the switch to work the backup lights. This linkage, when in proper working order, also will not allow the ign. key to be removed unless the trans. is in reverse. This linkage can be purchased aftermarket.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 00, 06:06 PM
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Hurst also sells a micro switch that can be mounted to the shifter. It is activated when the shifter is placed in reverse. It is inexpensive and simple.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 00, 02:37 AM
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Steve is right, I have a Muncie with Hurst CompPlus shifter and use the Hurst backup switch made for the CompPlus shifters. I think it was only like $10, works great and hasn't failed me yet
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 00, 03:54 AM
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The odds are is that the rod is gone that goes from the column to the reverse shift rod. Grab the collar around the column just below the steering wheel and rotate it and the lights should come on.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 00, 08:27 AM
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All of the above is right for a '69, with the ignition lock on the steering column. 67 & 68 use a switch on the shift linkage. I'll bet if you twist the base of your steering column (the ring where a column shift would attatch) the lights will come on. Years ago, a friend had a 69 chevelle with a similar setup. He just twisted the column whenever he wanted the backup lightsa to come on.

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