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I had a similar problem with a new shaft. I found that a shaft from a 70
Mustang headlight switch was slightly larger, and worked very well after
cutting it to the correct length. No more problems with coming out of the
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Subject: Headlight Switch
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 20:22:09 -0400
Thanks for the helpful responses .. glad to know I'm not alone.
My "pull out" problem happens with a new "matched set" switch and shaft. I
don't have my switch or shop manual handy, but I'm pretty sure the comment
about "spring pin" does not apply to '48 through early '50's (me). Ford
must have recognized the problem and in late -50/51+ came up with the
"spring release pin" method to hold the light knob shaft. Gee .... I
wonder if I can find a recall notice and take it to my local dealer?
Below is an off-line suggestion I want to share. The "square shoulder" is
good advice. I might try to make my notch a little bit deeper.
"I would examine the notch that holds the stem in. The latch in the switch
needs to get full engagement in the notch and needs a SQUARE shoulder to
hold to. Look at the stem and see if the shoulder edge is rounded off,
letting the latch cam out of the slot. You might could take a 3 cornered
file and with some careful work, fix your problem. If you have a discard
switch to take apart and see the nature of the latch mechanism it would be
helpful toward reshaping the stem notch.---Stuart"
"ps- do not file too deep and have the tip break off."
Just reading my latest Classic Trucks magazine (where I do most of my
reading) and I saw Howard Tarnoff's blue 55. I guess you decided not to sell
it. If you are still out there Howard, still a great looking truck!
Glenn in TN
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