Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Re: NSS Help Needed
Like I said, on my 68 Chevy II Nova, it does not and never had a safety switch. When I first got the car I assumed it did until I hit the key one time with it in gear and without the clutch pedal pushed in and the car lurched forward. Luckily I had my foot on the brake as well as having the emergency brake on and I quickly quit cranking over the motor. I sat in the seat and said WOW, wasn't expecting that.
At first I thought someone had gotten into the wiring so I got under the dash and looked and looked and there were two terminals on a switch on the topside of the column by the firewall that had nothing plugged into them and this switch was something I was used to seeing on other GM cars as this switch housed the reverse light switch as well as a safety switch and I looked real close at it and saw no scratch marks on it that would indicate something was plugged into it at one point and then removed but the contacts were pristine so I found the purple starter solenoid wire off of the ignition switch and traced it down and lost it in the loom but never found any evidence of a safety switch.
One of the problems we deal with with older car's is who knows sometimes how it was originally or what might have been changed and while I'm leaving mine as is, it might be best to put in a safety switch. On all of my other cars this switch is in place and working whether it is an automatic or a manual transmission.
1974 Spirit Of America Nova (being restored), 1973 Nova Custom, 1968 Chevy II (Garage Find 2012)
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