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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. I have been procrastinating for the last two weeks with changing the brake light switch on my old beater, I purchased the Echlin SL147 switch last week & sometimes push comes to shove.

    Brenda's magnum wagon got hit in the rear quarter panel and it's at the body shop and she is driving my pickup so I had to get off my lazy arse and fix the problem this afternoon.

    We all know that replacing a screw in brake light switch is a simple task and shouldn't take more than 30 minutes at the most.

    Today the stars were not aligned in my world, jack & jack stands were easy enough and the drop light was were it was suppose to be, I start looking for my large crescent wrench, after wasting a good 20 minutes looking in all the tool boxes I gave up and opted for my large channel locks, crawling under the car to loosen up the switch I pulled the wires off, turns out they are female ends, the new switch has blade ends so I crawled back out, the wires are so short I couldn't replace the ends under the car so I made some short jumper wires and crawled back under the car.

    Replaced the switch and connected the wires, turned out the lights in the garage and pressed the brake pedal, I saw a nice red glow on the garage door.

    BTW, That 30 minute job ended up taking about a hour and a half.:rolleyes: HRP
  2. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 4,264


    Hey, I’ve had 2 hour oil changes too. I know the feeling;)
  3. I remember building my new shop 15 years ago when I was 55 and saying I don't need a lift, what was I thinking? HRP
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  4. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 342


    I had a similar situation changing the headlight switch on my '63 880. I bought a switch off ebay...your typical Chinese made switch that is SUPPOSE to fit the car. (first mistake) After messing around with it for an hour, it finally fell apart in my hand! SO I end up taking the old switch apart and cleaning up the corrosion. Now I have dash lights. (and a broken Chinese made headlight switch to use for 'parts' lol)

  5. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,157


    The life time warranty brake light switch in my '39 p/u just died. Probably because I read the post here about brake light switch failures.Classic Performance Products is warrantying it but shipping is on me. BUT shipping is delayed due to Covid which is parts talk for they'll ship it whenever they get around to it. So just to make sure I have all my bases covered my wife ordered one on her credit card so I'll have a spare for the next time it dies since this one only lasted a year. It will be interesting to know which switch arrives first, the warrantied one or the one I'm paying full pop for? Want to bet the shipping charge for the warrantied switch is more? Yes I know I could change over to a mechanical switch but the way my luck goes it too will fail. Don't want to mess with Murphy so I'll stick with the hydraulic switch for the time being and hope the install goes better the HRP's did. But in the mean time, no brakes lights, no drive.
  6. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,103

    The Shift Wizard

    Never start any vehicle projects on an evening or weekend when the parts stores are closed.
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  7. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,019


    It seems that it is seldom when things take as little time as I think they should. Since I am retired now, there is always enough time.....fortunately.
  8. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,503


    If you think it should take an hour, plan for four.
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  9. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,410


    How about you change your oil and filter....start up the engine to move it around.....shut it off and from underneath is a flow of all the oil you had just put in there on your garage floor.........the didn't check to make sure the filter seal came out with the old filter! :(
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  10. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,607


    30 minute job took an hour and a half???? That's a thing????

    That's fucking wonderful in my world.....
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  11. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,607


    Naaa, I get it, just yanking your chain
  12. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,582

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I lost a dime in the carpet too.
    What’s that have to do with a brake switch?
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  13. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,019


    The end result is what is important!
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  14. You got that right. HRP
  15. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,397


    Wife, “I thought you said that it wouldn’t take long!” Me, “Describe Long.”
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  16. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,090


    Seems that comes with working on old cars HRP! By the way the term ARSE is one I mostly heard up in Canada. Not so much around here in the US. You horses arse!
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  17. triumph 1
    Joined: Feb 9, 2011
    Posts: 476

    triumph 1

    Murphy’s law seems to plague me on a regular basis with projects & repairs as well. I usually try to imagine the worst case scenario (especially at work) so the outcome should be better than anticipated........

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  18. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,982

    from Dublin, OH

    Hey Paul at 55 I didn't have a lift either, but at 67......... IMG_0099.jpg
    you bet I do!
    One of the best investments ever!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2020
  19. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,257

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    Great advice, but those are the times I can actually work on things.

    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  20. I just prefer to use the word arse as a alternative, everyone knows what I mean. HRP
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  21. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 4,264


    There’s a good joke in there. But it might be family hour;)
  22. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,986

    from Ks

    I don't put a time limit on anything anymore. Customers stuff or mine. Lippy:D
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  23. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 4,264


    That’s too much room for a man to work on stuff. Please at the minimum toss some stuff on the floor:)
  24. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,015

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    Rarely does an auto or home project take less than twice as long as you originally planned. :mad:
    Ask yourself when was the last time you did a project In HALF the time you thought it would take ?:rolleyes:
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  25. Point taken! ;) HRP
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  26. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,435

    from Berry, AL

    And cost half what you thought it would? It's usually double for me!
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  27. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 431


    Did a brake job on my OT car a couple months ago. Discovered that when I had the car serviced, the monkey who rotated the tires used an impact gun. It took a breaker bar and a four foot cheater pipe to break them loose. Discovered some of the lug nuts and studs were galled, and what was supposed to take an hour lasted until the next day.
  28. veni vidi vici would have been a better title.
    good job Danny
  29. chucka
    Joined: Oct 29, 2018
    Posts: 16


    HRP - - - If I did the math right, you're 70. You should know by now - - - figure out about how long the job is going to take and double it. Then it actually takes twice as long as that.
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  30. Ted, I had the option to use one of the only two Latin phrases I remember from high school, I knew I wasn't destine to be physician.

    Remember the quote about Latin being a dead language?:D HRP
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