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Technical Using timing lever for turn signals

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Mikko_, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Mikko_
    Joined: Aug 3, 2018
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    Since I won't use an original distributor in my car I think it would be neat to use the timing lever for turn signals instead.

    I'm sure someone here has done it and maybe would be willing to show some pictures of how you hooked it up to some kind of switch mounted in the engine compartment.

    Would really like to get some ideas of how to do this.

    Car is a Ford Model A.
     
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  2. wayne-o
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    I did this with a Model T column in a T Bucket in the early '70's. Don't remember how I hooked up the switches but most likely used a couple of limit switches. Car looooong gone. I do remember building up the ratchet pad the lever rode on with brass and filing some detents into it. I found an article in Popular Mechanics on how to build a selfcanceling timer for turn signals using a transistor, resistors, and a relay. Worked great. You can buy readymade timers off of eBay now, I used one in my current roadster to do the same thing.
     
  3. Tim
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    @Ron Brown did a thread on doing this not that long ago
     
  4. Mikko_
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    Great, I found the thread by Ron Brown.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  5. ^^^^^ Well share then!
     
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  6. woodiewagon46
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    You could probably do it a couple of ways. Use the spark control rod and connect it to a three way switch for left and right. You could even make up some sort of box at the end of the steering column with two micro switches. The controls rod end sticks up about an inch and have it make contact with one of the micro switches for right and left. Let us know how you make out. As Wayne points out the ratchet pad at the top of the column combined with the tension of the spring will need to be addressed.
     
  7. GM rod operated turn signal switch would be easier.
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  8. Mikko_
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  9. tinkirk
    Joined: Jan 16, 2017
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    tinkirk

    I used a on off on switch mounted on the steering column just under the timing lever pivot using a one inch piece of copper brake line to slip over the switch and the timing adjust ball then used a trl turn switch interrupter in line also put a little red light up by the dash to remind the the signals are on


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