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interesting brake light switch difference
#1412494 Thu Jun 03 2021 02:38 PM
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I ordered a new brake light switch for my '57 Panel from LMC Truck. When it arrived, it looks close, but not the same as my OEM one. Is it possible that someone, over the years, bent my OEM one?

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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1412497 Thu Jun 03 2021 02:53 PM
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Maybe the pedal return spring was missing so they bent it to compensate for the gap. All of the ones I have seen are straight.
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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1412498 Thu Jun 03 2021 03:04 PM
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Thanks for the quick response- I'm hoping it's not bc the one I ordered was for a pickup, and mine's a panel..

Either way, I'll see what I can do to make it work in my application.


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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1412513 Thu Jun 03 2021 04:30 PM
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It looks like it matches the way yours should be. Some models have the lever come out the other side. Being a panel would be the same as a pickup but there is variation in the years.
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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1413930 Tue Jun 15 2021 12:59 AM
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pan31man The originals were bent so the lever got up close to the floorboard. that one in the picture is a knock off I believe.

Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1413944 Tue Jun 15 2021 02:36 AM
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Never seen a bent one .if your peddles are the same setup as a pickup it should be straight so it contacts the underside of the peddle arm ,when the peddle is pushed it switches the light on then when the peddle is released it pushes the arm on the switch to shut the light off.Maybe the arm was bent If your peddle bushings are worn or changed from origional .If the new one works then if you are careful maybe you can fix the old one for a spare .


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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1413946 Tue Jun 15 2021 03:17 AM
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Which way are the bolt holes in the firewall oriented? That will tell you which switch is going to work. Those two have holes that are 90 degrees from each other in reference to the arm, but otherwise appear identical. On an AD, the switch arm is perpendicular to the pedal arm (and parallel to the pedal pivot shaft and horizontal). Here's a picture from before I removed mine (t's a little fuzzy, but you should be able to see how it mounts.) I would guess that a 57 would be very similar. My opinion is that someone bent the arm on your original.

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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1413953 Tue Jun 15 2021 03:53 AM
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The switch you received is correct for 55-59 Truck, Panel, Suburban. There is no modification necessary for a stock 55-59. The reason it was bent by someone is unknown.


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Re: interesting brake light switch difference
KEVINSKI #1414006 Tue Jun 15 2021 09:01 PM
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kevinski just looked at a beater original switch taken off of some of mine (all Pickup) is bent,not much.Is like the ones I have changed over the years. I think standard ignition still offers it.

Re: interesting brake light switch difference
pan3lman #1414007 Tue Jun 15 2021 09:03 PM
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pan31man That right picture is it slight bend??

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