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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 17, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

My car doesn't currently have _working_ back-up lights, or a switch in place. So I bought a new Hurst switch for the trans (Super T-10), and was wondering where I might find the correct wire connector under the dash? Is it color coded or does it tap into the orange and white wire for the console light for power? I'm going to guess that wire from the switch is going to run through the tunnel but under the console or carpet up to the dash and then link up with the fuse block?

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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

What year make and model car are you dealing with for this ?.

Is the wiring original in the car or is it a replacement harness or a custom made one ?.

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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

You just need Keyon 12v to one side of the switch and wire other side the BU light
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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

Mike - Not sure if your 69 still has the reverse lock-out rod in place from transmission to bellcrank on the firewall but that rod controls the reverse switch as the rod turns the sleeve on the steering column from the firewall.

So in any event if it is in place or not you can tap and extend the original wiring. However since 69's required the car to be in reverse to get the key out I would suspect that the switch has been engaged forever (especially if you have been able to remove the key without putting her in reverse or turning the sleeve by hand on the steering column.) that your backup lights do work but the bulbs are just dead.

Most folks who removed the rod from the transmission forward to the bell crank just rotated the sleeve into the reverse position to get the key and either manually rotated it to turn off the lights while driving, or never cared and left them on, or liked to send the signal "lets race" at every traffic light.


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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

Jim... its a '69 Camaro.

Brian... Car is on the lift at Road Runner right now so I can't check... but I'm pretty sure the linkage you're talking about is long gone. IIRC, at the column as it exits the firewall there's a lever that appears to be wired in a locked position.

There's no wire anywhere near the trans so I'm assuming that in the restoration process and conversion from an automatic car to a stick car... the BU lights were forgotten. Once I dig around under the dash, I'll probably find something running from the fuse block or harness. Thats why I asked about whether there was a color code wire I should be looking for.

Figuring the tail lights are all working and grounded, so also going to check the BU sockets to see what wires are coming out of there. Needless to say, as John said... just need keyed-on power to go to the switch, then back to the light harness. Its not a big deal, but just another of those little things you'd like to get working.

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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

The wires for the back-up light switch are pink and green. You should find them under the dash and they are routed differently from there depending on the shifter configuration.
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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

I have some info in post #68, 69 & 72 of my build thread. It's on a '67 but may apply to yours as well, at least give you some pics...
https://www.camaros.net/forums/56-pro...ml#post1519224


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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

I did an auto to 4-speed conversion. On an auto car, the pink and green wires run to shifter neutral safety switch through the console. I drilled a hole through the tunnel next to the shifter cut-out and ran the wires to the back-up switch through a grommet.
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Re: Wiring for Back-Up Lights?

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Brian... Car is on the lift at Road Runner right now so I can't check...
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