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Anyone - floor mounted light switch???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tx_shooter, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Sep 18, 2010 at 9:46 PM
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    tx_shooter

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    I'm not that old, but my first truck was.

    Has anyone tried or installed a floor mounted light switch on their truck??? How hard was it? I found a couple of Google searches about it to other forums, but none of them really gave any good answers.
     
  2. Sep 19, 2010 at 6:19 AM
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    Man..... I miss those floor switches too. :(

    I never quit understood how a stalk mounted high beam switch is safer than a floor mounted one. :confused: Isn't keeping both hands on the steering wheel safer?
     
  4. Sep 19, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    I agree, I miss the floor mounted switch. And now they even changed it from pull to push? don't understand why! I know i'm old but some things worked better the old way!
     
  5. Sep 19, 2010 at 7:00 AM
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    Maybe they stopped for fear it would cause the floor mat to hold the gas down and accelerate out of control.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2010 at 7:17 AM
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    I don't miss it at all. Winters in Massachusetts were a bitch with snow, dirt, etc. on shoes, boots, and floor. I had a few crap out on me over the years. Granted this was 60's and 70's technology.

    Now, as a side note, and Larry should remember this because he is an old guy too :D , ..... when the high beam switch was placed up on the stock there was almost a recall (oh no ... not a recall) due to a safety hazard.

    It seems that folks were unfamiliar with the new method and INSISTED on continuing to flip from low to high and back with their feet, getting them stuck in the steering wheel. :eek:

    Cooler heads prevailed and the manufacturers were not held liable. :cool:
     
  7. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    my '72 bronco had a floor light switch but it was only to go between low and high beam

    it was pretty sneaky...lol
     
  8. Sep 19, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    I did like the old floor beam switches. Seemed so logical to me.

    But, where would you put it? Would you get rid of the dead pedal?
     
  9. Sep 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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    I put one in my old jeep and used it as a kill switch for the starter. I figured if I hide it in the open nobody would figure it out.

    It's easy to put one in, just grab one for a older vehicle (usually $10-$15) and wire it to whatever you want just like you would a normal switch.
     
  10. Sep 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    Im young, does anybody have pictures I have no idea what this is.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    heh they moved em because they would rust out and fail (i guess)
    my old '79 camaro had one, and it went out. kinda a bitch to replace, no room and rust lol
     
  12. Sep 19, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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    I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. The wiring wouldn't be bad if you can find an accurate schematic. Hard part would be finding the right spot to screw it down.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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    I never want to go back to those pieces of crap. Anyone that lives in the rust belt and had a car with one of those knows how terrible they are with snow, salt and rust. Never had one that lasted. Column mount is so much better.
     
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    How about moving the shifter back to the column?... where it should be on a truck!
     
  15. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    Yup. I'm old. I remember them quite well.
    And old enough to remember the windshield wiper fluid pump was on the floor too in some vehicles. Back in high school when I had a "71" dart, we ran the hoses back to the rear wheel well and would fill the resovoir up with bleach. Ahh. the good ole days.
     
  17. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    Besides the posts of "nice truck bro" that thread really didn't add anything to what I was looking for, thanks for digging it up through. At least I know it has been done so it shouldn't be brain surgery.

    As for a pic of what one is -

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    This particular switch is located in my '73 F-250. That is a truck... no disrespect to the Tacoma, but that old beast with a 390 and a 4 on the floor is a beast. Sadly, it is really hard to keep gas in it at 11 mpg when I drive +400 miles a week. :mad:
     
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