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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1324909 Thu Sep 05 2019 03:48 AM
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bartamos, thank you for confirming my test results. It's good to know about the NOS and aftermarket '47 switches too (which must be different than the 48-53 switches). So at the end of the day I learned something. I now have full confidence this ignition switch will pass the 'smoke test' with flying colors!

BTW, I did find a local retired locksmith that re-keyed this switch to match my glove box and door locks. I coaxed him out of retirement for about an hour or so. He said this was probably his last job. I'm not sure what happens when this generation of locksmiths are no longer available. There weren't any other locksmiths that had the lock kit for something over 70 years old.


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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1324913 Thu Sep 05 2019 04:45 AM
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I am not an expert on AD stuff. I am searching and learning. Putting things together to give my best shot to help. I did not mean to indicate that a 47 switch is different than 48-53. I don't believe 47 is different. The switch is 47-53. I do not know what that switch is that you pictured. I don't even know if it is a Chevy truck switch. The bracket looks correct. I can't see much of the switch in your pics to tell what it is.

Glad you got all "keyed up".


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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
bartamos #1324970 Thu Sep 05 2019 06:26 PM
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The switches for '47 and '48 are different in that they are an Off-On-Off configuration. The left key position is Off and locked, needing a key to unlock. The right position is Off but unlocked, and the key can be removed from the switch. There is a lever on the switch allowing you to move between the Off and On position after removing the key. The advantage of this is that the On position can be accessed without needing to have a key with you, which I'm sure was a feature much appreciated by the farmer who walked out to the truck in the lower 40 and found he left the key back in the barn.

Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1324977 Thu Sep 05 2019 07:39 PM
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OK, let me clarify my post. The switches sold by aftermarket vendors says 47-53. The one's on Ebay, that seem to be "used", say 47-53. Thanks for the info about 47-48. I always thought a foot stomp switch was "ON" "Off". No lock feature.


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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1324990 Thu Sep 05 2019 09:22 PM
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Andy--If you call Jim Carter--you may get used ones--I did for my 49-3100-Bill

Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
49 3100 #1325014 Fri Sep 06 2019 12:18 AM
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Here is the ignition switch, with the finger tab, from my '48 Chevy 1/2 ton truck.

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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1325023 Fri Sep 06 2019 01:17 AM
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The post was about a switch and it's tested function. Not about tumblers. The vendors "original" style switch says 47-53.
Good work fonz.


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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1325048 Fri Sep 06 2019 02:47 AM
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So there is a paddle handle key tumbler for 47-48. Switch body is the same 47-53. Also, as everyone knows, 47 was a transition year. 47.1/47.2. I assume that this paddle is not 47.1 only. From the rest of the pics on the "film strip", it is not.


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Re: Ignition Switch 1947-1953
HandyAndy #1325051 Fri Sep 06 2019 02:52 AM
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1947, 48, early 49’s until supply consumed. Paddle was also used in several of the GM car divisions.

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