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Re: Help needed now - Brake light switch

To: "K. Valentine" <kevin@valentinephoto.net>
Subject: Re: Help needed now - Brake light switch
From: "Larry B. Macy, Ph.D." <macy@bbl.med.upenn.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 21:46:29 -0500
Cc: Bud Osbourne <abcoz@hky.com>,"Spridgets" <spridgets@autox.team.net>
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Thanks for the help. Could not find one locally, will keep looking.

But on other side of the coin. On Kristi's 74 the fuel gauge didn't work. Chased the wires down to a ground on the tank. Dropped the tank and found the fuel line from the tank was cracked. Ran all over the place trying to find the correct fitting, no one had it. Oh well, parked for another day.

Lambert's is the one with the broke brake switch.we'll see what happens when the lights come out in the AM

Thanks Kevin

Remember, Life is a journey, WOO HOO



On Feb 25, 2006, at 8:48 PM, K. Valentine wrote:

On Feb 25, 2006, at 3:20 PM, Bud Osbourne wrote:

OOPS!! Belay the disassembly! I just remembered that I never even had to
take the Lucas switch apart. I just kept loading it up with Gibbs
Penetrant, until it was freed-up, and the corrosion dissolved (internal AND
external). It was that simple. It was the CHINK switch that I took apart,
to check it out. As I remember, the Chinks apparently decided to save
production costs by not employing any solder. It was the lousy compression
connections which were causing the trouble. You can fix them, but, then
you've STILL got a POS Chink switch, that's just gonna find yet ANOTHER way
to fail. So, spend your time and effort on the old Lucas stuff. It's far,
far better quality than anything the Chinks are ever gonna dump on us,
through Moss or VB.

Larry was looking for a switch to install in the car immediately, he was 90 miles away from me and had broken the switch while removing it. I wasn't in a position to help him repair the switch or give him the spare I have on the shelf ;(

I have successfully rebuilt several Lucas stop light switches by taking them apart, repairing and then crimping them back together. (It can be done ;)

I'd rather repair the original Lucas parts than buy the "new" (made in India) Lucas green boxed stuff ;)



Larry B. Macy, Ph.D.
System Administrator/Manager
Neuropsychiatry Section
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St. - 1015 Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well kept body, but to skid in sideways, Margaritas in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!"

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