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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-04-2018, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Need help finding reverse light connector

I have a 69 Impala, factory manual console trans, and over the years the reverse light harness/connection has gone missing. Car now has a TKO 500 and I'd like to get reverse lights again.

I do have a two-prong, pink/green wire connector under the dash that is 12V ignition on and ground that I suspect is the connector.

Anyone know?

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-04-2018, 11:07 AM
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The switch was under the console and was activated by the Saginaw shifter. These went away frequently if the tranny was a manual as you installed a Hurst replacement. You had to buy the reverse light and the neutral safety switch as an accessory, which were rarely kept in stock at your corner speed shop back in the day. Since Hurst didn't introduce an automatic cable shifter until the middle of the seventies they where spared the trash bin.

If your console was added it might not have had the shifter and the necessary switches pulled from the donor car before the sale. If you have stock parts you will have to look for a used shifter or fabricate a mount and install a contact switch:

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail...saAlVdEALw_wcB

I thought the TKO came with a reverse switch installed in the tail housing and all you had to do was connect two wires. For a neutral safety switch you could put a brake light switch on the clutch pedal so that the starter won't engage until the clutch is depressed.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. The car was a factory manual console car and yes, the Tremec does have a built in reverse switch. What I'm trying to locate is where to pick up on the body harness for the reverse light so I can use the built in switch.

It's entirely possible I took out and lost the reverse light switch/wiring years ago when I swapped the failing transmission.

Clutch safety switch is still in the stock location so no need to change that.

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The switch was under the console and was activated by the Saginaw shifter. These went away frequently if the tranny was a manual as you installed a Hurst replacement. You had to buy the reverse light and the neutral safety switch as an accessory, which were rarely kept in stock at your corner speed shop back in the day. Since Hurst didn't introduce an automatic cable shifter until the middle of the seventies they where spared the trash bin.

If your console was added it might not have had the shifter and the necessary switches pulled from the donor car before the sale. If you have stock parts you will have to look for a used shifter or fabricate a mount and install a contact switch:

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail...saAlVdEALw_wcB

I thought the TKO came with a reverse switch installed in the tail housing and all you had to do was connect two wires. For a neutral safety switch you could put a brake light switch on the clutch pedal so that the starter won't engage until the clutch is depressed.

Big Dave

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 09:58 AM
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I don't own a 1969 hense I don't own the wiring diagram. You can buy one for $5 from Rock Auto dot com:

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...g+diagrams,718

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