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Mechanical or Hydraulic Brake Switch?

My mechanical brake switch doesn't seem to work right. Is there anything else I can do?

Lately I have seen quite a few people running into problems with the mechanical brake light switches. When I had this problem with my 51, the PO had butchered the floor when installing the V-8 engine, moving the brake pedal to miss the exhaust manifold. I found it a lot easier to install a hydraulic brake light switch. The switch was readily available at NAPA. Just cut the line out of the master cylinder and put a tee fitting in to accommodate the hydraulic switch and run the wires to it.


A special thanks to Don Short for this article.

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