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Old 12-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Just got a 1951 Ford today Dec. 4th 2012
I drove it home and every thing works but brake lights.
The turn signals work, tail lights work , back up lights work.
seems like it may be brake light switch..
I'm not fimilar with the 51 Ford and not sure how to fix.
can anyone give me information.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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The switch screws into front of brake master cylinder, under the hood. Most likely cause. Can get one at NAPA or others. If not cause, check the wiring on the switch and make sure plugged in good or open wire.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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it is most likely your brake light switch. it screws itno the back the back of the master cyl. remove the two wires from the switch and connect them together, the stoplights should light up, if not you need to check the wiring. you can get the switch at most all local parts stores.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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The switch screws into front of brake master cylinder, under the hood. Most likely cause. Can get one at NAPA or others. If not cause, check the wiring on the switch and make sure plugged in good or open wire.
Good Luck, Don H
The master cyl on 51 fords is under the car next to the frame. they relocated it to under the hood in 1952 and up.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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You can test the switch by pulling the two leads and jumpering the terminals. If you have factory turn signals, there may be a problem with their interface with the brake lights.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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better off with one like this, less problems.

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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Everyone ,thanks for all the information.

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what is that switch called and can i get it at NAPA
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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I used one from a Harley Davidson because it takes less pressure to activate it. Works fine in the 49.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #9
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Here is the 51 Ford
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #10
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I think I saw you on I-70 early this afternoon headed east around Rt 97. Did you get Marvin Meyers '51???
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:49 PM   #11
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yes I did buy his car.
I was doing 65 on rt70 with my wife following me.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:15 PM   #12
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That's a pretty nice car!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:17 PM   #13
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Now you should join our V8 club! Unless you are already a member.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:24 PM   #14
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Thanks I'll think about it.
This is a real nice 51.
I've been to a number of their shows.

Had only Model A Ford's until now.
But I liked driving the 51.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #15
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wow that is a nice looking car. I hope you have a lot of fun with it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:00 PM   #16
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It's a mechanical brake light switch & yes NAPA should have it for around $7.00 The one pictured is Speedways. Mounts under the brake pedal arm as when you hit your brakes it activates the switch. It seems the newer hydralic switches don't last. Never tried a Harly one may be better quality. I have one on my 57 bird & the 32 roadster . Not the same one tho as I don't want to be changing it back & forth . hheh heh he just a little humor there.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:50 AM   #17
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Replaced brake light switch today and it works fine
Thanks all
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #18
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What a nice looking 51. You will have lots of happy days in that car. Nice car to drive.
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