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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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I know about the TorsionLevel brake light conversion that uses a standard two-pin hydraulic switch and relay and I know about the mechanical conversion that works with an under-dash switch that the pedal arm actuates but what I want to now is does anyone make the simple adapter that would be used with the three-pin VW switch to retain the original wiring? I know what the connections are too but looking for the adapter itself, not how to make one.

Posted on: 2023/11/25 16:36
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I have not seen or heard of anything like that being made unless one of the regions might have done something years ago before reported problems with the VW switch became an issue and switch was used less often. Have you ever seen one and for grins, have you or anyone compared the pinout of the VW switch to an original?

Having said that, while you don't want to make an adapter it would be simple to do and may be the best option if something was made years ago but is now NLA. A bare plug for the VW switch is available at Jbugs and probably other VW suppliers. No idea if the plug comes with terminals or if they would need to be bought separately.

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Posted on: 2023/11/25 18:32
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Re: PackardDon's 1956 Clipper Custom Sedan
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Thank you, Howard. Yes, I know it’s simple but when I have such limited time available when I go to my shop, stopping to make things just gets in the way of any progress. No worries, though, as I am only thinking ahead for when I get back to work on this car.

As for having seen one, I did see them advertised somewhere years ago which why I posted my question and you’re right, it may have been a regional project. These VW switches are cheap, easy to find (for now) and easy to install so I don’t mind some amount of failure. Of course, failure would also depend on the quality of the switch used.

The adapter simply had the three wires in the appropriate colors from the 3-pin plug that you showed with each terminating in a .156 round female bullet connector. An ideal adapter would skip the wires and have a way to plug the three wires directly into the plug but that would take some custom design and fabrication.

Posted on: 2023/11/25 18:54
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