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Old 11-15-2012, 01:32:24 PM   #1
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Neutral Safety switch location

I'm putting my 76 steering column in my 71, I noticed the 76 had that switch on the column and the 71 had it built into the shifter.

I don't guess it really matters where it's at since I have a AAW update harness going in, I was leaning towards keeping it in the shifter location

Is there any advantage or disadvantage over the two locations? Seems like having it in the shifter will free up a little real estate under the dash.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:04:27 PM   #2
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For my safety switch to work( along with my reverse lights) in my 78 there needs to be a linkage going to the transmission, connecting the shifter linkage to the arm on the steering column to actuate the switch. it runs down the engine bay side of the firewall under where the column comes through. Pretty ugly IMO, I removed mine. if the ring on your 76 column turns right under where your steering wheel mounts like as if it would if it had a column shifter, that's the type you have. Floor shifter mounted safety switch is much cleaner.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:10:56 PM   #3
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If I'm not mistaken my 76 had the linkage going to the tranny, I'll have to dig it out and look at it again.

It seems like the 71 had some pieces of what looked like a similar arm on it when I took it apart...either way it wasn't all there

Thanks for the info
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:19:44 PM   #4
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No problem, hope it helped.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:24:13 PM   #5
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I think all years used the backdrive linkage to lock the steering wheel, but some years, the auto trannys had the neutral safety switch in the column driven by that linkage, and some years it was in the console driven directly by the shifter.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:27:04 PM   #6
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Do you know if the linkages were different from 70-72 and 73-81? I need to dig mine out, I know I have all of the pieces for the 76
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:27:34 PM   #7
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No problem, hope it helped.

It did- thanks again
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