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    The 1962 Hawk is missing its shift indicator light. When I went to check for a bulb, I noticed that the wire feeding the light was missing!!

    Does anybody know where the wire goes (travels) from the bulb socket to the power source? Also any ideas how to get it there?



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  • #2
    It travels down the steering column jacket with the turn signal harness wiring. It should have a connector to plug into the back of the dash light switch. It's a bullet connector on earlier cars, not sure about a '62

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by mjeansonne

      The 1962 Hawk is missing its shift indicator light. When I went to check for a bulb, I noticed that the wire feeding the light was missing!!
      Does anybody know where the wire goes (travels) from the bulb socket to the power source? Also any ideas how to get it there?
      If it's like my '53, the wire goes down inside the steering column and comes out through a small hole at the very bottom (in the engine compartment). Probably someone pulled the wire out sometime in the past then couldn't figure out how to get it back.
      I had my '53 in storage for three years and when I got it out, I thought the indicator light didn't work and I ended up pulling the wire out thinking the it was broken. It wasn't. The lights have to be on for the indicator to work[V]. I never did get it fed back though.

      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
      '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
      '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
      '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
      Museum R-4 engine
      1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
      1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
      '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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      • #4
        In the 55 sedans, it goes with the turn signal wires, come out about 8 or 10 inches before the firewall.

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        Tom Bredehoft
        '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
        '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
        (Under Construction 571 hrs.)
        '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
        All Indiana built cars

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        • #5
          I assume that when you say that 'it travels down the steering tube wtih the directional signal wires' that it merely travels that same path, but does not connect into the directional signal connector. Does anyone know the color of the wire? I suspect that it was cut at the light socket and pulled partially out. That would explain why I don't see a wire. The color would be of help so as to perhaps thread a new wire back to the socket?



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          • #6
            In all of my (older) cars, it's been cloth covered.

            nate

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Tom B

              In the 55 sedans, it goes with the turn signal wires, come out about 8 or 10 inches before the firewall.
              I'm probably thinking of the horn wire (CRS).


              Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
              '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
              '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
              '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
              Museum R-4 engine
              1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
              1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
              Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
              '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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              • #8
                My '55 shop manual wiring diagram says the light wire ls a 16 ga black wire.

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                Tom Bredehoft
                '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
                '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                (Under Construction 571 hrs.)
                '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                All Indiana built cars

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                • #9
                  I have attempted to send a wire down the steering tube, but to no avail!! Does anyone have any ideas how to do this. I'm not sure if I am even starting in the right hole... can't see in that area without taking the steering tube off (which I'm not about to do). I have thought about using an old speedometer flex cable, though I don't have one. Any suggestions??


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                  • #10
                    just remove the steering wheel and then you'll be able to see what you have to do.

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      Yes, remove the steering wheel (After you remove the horn, take off the nut, put it back on one turn, rap on the back of the arms with a soft face hammer). You may have to unscrew the two screws holding the turn signal switch on to be able to trace the path of the wires. Perhaps then you could snake a stiff wire down the tube to retrieve a wire for the light. The wire path is NOT straight, goes into the steering tube, then ought again. Nobody said it was easy, just exciting.

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                      Tom Bredehoft
                      '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
                      '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                      (Under Construction 571 hrs.)
                      '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                      All Indiana built cars

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