C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

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C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#1 Post by Randy Szczesny » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:21 pm

My recently acquired 64 C car has an idiot light to remind you that your driving with the e brake on. It is triggered by an electrical switch mounted by the e-brake handle. The switch is missing from my car and was wondering if there is a replacement that can be purchased some where. If not then plan B is to rig up a micro switch to do the job. I forgot to release twice already and I don't care for that burning brake smell when I come to a stop. All my old air cooled vw's have the brake lever between the seats right where your hand falls to when driving.

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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#2 Post by Doug McDonnell » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:04 pm

They do come up for sale once in awhile. Usually when I see one for sale it is with the handle and rod. I bought a spare that may work and have another that needs the plastic piece extended because it broke. No substitute that I am aware of. I will try to get a picture of the one with broken plastic plunger piece which I think could be repaired. If you would like to try email me. Not very common as only used on 64 and 65 C/SC
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#3 Post by Mark Roth » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:25 pm

Adam Wright should have one.
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#4 Post by Doug McDonnell » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:31 pm

Correct Mark. Looking at the picture they are about the same size as the inch and a half long switch! Or even smaller!
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#5 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:13 pm

In case someone in the future needs to repair the plastic plunger like on my broken one I measured as well as I can and it seems the length of the plastic plunger piece is between 7,7 and 8mm measured from the metal inside it goes through.
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#6 Post by Luke Short » Sun May 19, 2019 5:49 pm

My plastic piece is broken, I was able to re-zinc the housing. Does anybody sell the the plastic switch and spring? I have a 1965 356 C. Thanks

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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#7 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun May 19, 2019 5:55 pm

Similar plastic pieces can be found on some current lights one can buy. Perhaps cut off new lamp and glue onto your broken piece? As far as I know no parts available. My broken one went to another member. Unsure if he got it to work. The last one I found for sale was on Los Angeles Craigslist in the car parts section.
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#8 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun May 19, 2019 6:37 pm

Nothing on eBay or The Samba right now but as Doug suggested, maybe you can canibalize parts from later switches to repair yours.

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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#9 Post by Martin Benade » Sun May 19, 2019 7:49 pm

I think 1960s VW door switches have similarity to part of that switch.
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#10 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun May 19, 2019 8:03 pm

It also looks like an A or T5B interior light door switch would have similar plastic piece: https://www.stoddard.com/64461560100-nla.html.html but having a C I am not sure.
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Re: C car Emergency brake switch for gauge light

#11 Post by Norm Miller » Sun May 19, 2019 9:31 pm

When I need a plastic piece such as this I check my supply of dead ballpoint pens.
I usually can find one the right size to work.
 

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