How to Install a Mechanical Brake Light Switch in a Classic Car

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Tired of replacing your hydraulic brake light switch ever 6 to 12 months? Tool Dude Tony shows you step-by-step how to convert a vintage automobile from a hydraulic brake switch to mechanical switch. This inexpensive upgrade is not terribly difficult after you see how to do it.

This is another episode in the ’57 Studebaker Silver Hawk Restoration Project. Here is a link to the playlist of all my videos in this series:

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13 Responses

  1. Matthew Inghels says:

    I have a 65 Ford F-100 4 speed manual. My brake pedal is a different set up then the one on the Studebaker. Would I be able to do the same thing? Love the Studebaker! I'm from South Bend, sad to see all the factories being knocked down one by one.

  2. ScottDLR says:

    You cold have just bent the arm of the switch over and then mounted it so the lever of the switch is under the brake lever.

  3. thomas peckham says:

    Whats the part number for that switch ? Or where did you get it or whats if from
    Thanks tom

  4. Karl Smith says:

    How about a switch that can be used with cruise control and/or lock-up torque converter?

  5. 1hotGTO says:

    Is it weather proof?

  6. J Mac says:

    Thanks for posting, was able to use this on my 66 Ford Econoline pickup, and just bypass the old hydraulic switch.

  7. jewllake says:

    great my 64 galaxie has this problem.  Sometimes one light works then it's off then back or none at all.

  8. SarahLaughingBand says:

    I'm doing a studie truck here in California. I will definitely use your video as a guide. Thanks!

  9. George Chambless says:

    What a great alternative to the old hydraulic switches! I had to drive from the OK/TX border to Houston once with no brake lights because of a bad switch. Almost got rear-ended every time we had to stop for gas, or anything else.

  10. MrSmokestac says:

    I really like you'r videos!
    Specially the one where you restore the steering Wheel.
    Keep'em comin'!

  11. Tool Dude Tony says:

    I'm not familiar with the wiring in your car. But I did find a link to a site that talked about the same problem. Maybe they can help. Go to justanswer DOTcom and search on 1966 buick riviera brake lights don't work.

  12. Mr Lionie says:

    Great video, I have a 66' Buick and I have not figured out why my brake lights don't illuminate once the pedal is engaged. I have turn signals and running lights that are working fine. Replaced all bulbs and brake switch and fuse's. Not the flasher….. I have a wire hanging under my car running from the trunk and i wondered was it a ground for that issue???? Looks like it grounds my send unit also. Another wire runs to my gauge up front.

  13. 304eROD says:

    Nice retro-fit..

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