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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« on: October 16, 2015, 05:02:19 PM »
This has been a "full" old car day. After lunch, we set out for Lafayette to the local Maaco. They had called and said that they had finished with installing the rear spacers that I had left (freshly painted) in the trunk for about a year on the '79 Fleetwood. Traffic was at a momentary lull while we got out of town, and back on the Heartland Highway to home. The heat/air had healed itself, so I did not freeze on the way home. I'm going to give the lever a good spraying with electrical cleaner before I put it away this evening.
I decided to run to the county seat to where our local Chevy dealer had moved to see if they could check the fuse on the brake lights on the Seville. It turned out that the fuse was OK, but my local mechanic had disengaged the brake pedal switch. After hooking it back up, the young mechanic was pushing on the pedal and there was still no lights.
I said, "Wait a minute," and dug the keys from my pocket. He quickly said, "Oh, all cars, if you push on the pedal, the brake lights come on."
I turned the ignition on and presto, we had brake lights. So, we have a "given" That '80-85 Sevilles and (probably) Eldorados from '79-85 have to have the ignition on for the brake lamps to come on. 
Something else to remember during the judging process. Leave the car running until you are through with the lights.
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2015, 05:13:51 PM »
That's very surprising for cars this late.

A local buddy has an '81 Seville. I'll have to check on that.
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2015, 05:19:41 PM »
Just had my buddy check - the brake lights do come on with the ignition off in his '81 Seville. I genuinely believe this is proper operation.
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Offline Walter Youshock

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 05:40:09 PM »
No reason for brake lights to be wired into the ignition.  What if your car stalls and you hit the brakes?  No lights???
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2015, 05:42:45 PM »
Even if the car stalled, the ignition switch would remain on presumably.
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Offline Walter Youshock

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2015, 05:53:47 PM »
True.  Thought about that after I hit POST.  Still sounds wonky...
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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2015, 08:13:45 PM »
Yes it has been a gorgeous fall week!  Received my two door pillar seals from Convertible Specialists and got them installed in the driveway.  First rubber replaced since I bought the car, lots more to go... And enjoyed driving my wife to an anniversary date as well. 
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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2015, 10:42:01 PM »
I'll double check the brake light tomorrow to make sure what's going on. (No pun intended...)
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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2015, 10:54:58 PM »
We drove the Seville to the county seat for supper at Subway, and when I started to put the car back in the garage, I had Gay get out and check the brake lights. Pulled it in, and turned it off, and pressed on the pedal. Voila', we had brake lights with no ignition current.

Now why, with the guy pressing as hard as he could on the pedal, in the dealership on Friday with no current, were the lights were not coming on? Then I turned on the ignition, and they worked. In any case, my Seville is now like your friend's, Eric. Back to normal.
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Offline Walter Youshock

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2015, 06:18:24 AM »
This generation still has lamp monitors. 
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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: Nice fall day to mess with the old cars.
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2015, 07:41:33 AM »
I forgot all about looking for those, Walter. Anyhow, she wasn't doing anything right then... And she's still prettier than any lamp monitor.
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