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Old 10-12-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
Willis
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Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

Good morning all,

Has anyone had to rebuild or replace the windshield wiper dashboard
switch behind their dash on a '63 Galaxie Fastback?

I was in Ocean City this past weekend (where it rained) when I found
out my wipers are dead. I got up under the dash, and found that the
switch consists of a dash-mounted housing with 4 "fingers" set at 0,
90, 270, and 360 degrees, a black switching mechanism, and the wiring
harness, which slides onto the 4 aforementioned fingers.

The switching mechanism seems to be the problem - it looks like it's
fallen apart, but I can't tell how it was built originally. There are
four parts that I found - a black plastic swivel piece, a center post
which the black piece rotates on, a TINY spring, and a circular metal
pressure plate. I don't know how it all fits back together. I can
also post pics if need be.

Has anyone had to rebuild one of these, or replace one? I did a quick
look through Mac's and Dearborn and couldn't find a replacement (know
where I could find one?), so any help or advice would be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks!

Jason (Baltimore)

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Old 10-12-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
Tom Adkins
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

Willis wrote:
> Good morning all,
>
> Has anyone had to rebuild or replace the windshield wiper dashboard
> switch behind their dash on a '63 Galaxie Fastback?
>
> I was in Ocean City this past weekend (where it rained) when I found
> out my wipers are dead. I got up under the dash, and found that the
> switch consists of a dash-mounted housing with 4 "fingers" set at 0,
> 90, 270, and 360 degrees, a black switching mechanism, and the wiring
> harness, which slides onto the 4 aforementioned fingers.
>
> The switching mechanism seems to be the problem - it looks like it's
> fallen apart, but I can't tell how it was built originally. There are
> four parts that I found - a black plastic swivel piece, a center post
> which the black piece rotates on, a TINY spring, and a circular metal
> pressure plate. I don't know how it all fits back together. I can
> also post pics if need be.
>
> Has anyone had to rebuild one of these, or replace one? I did a quick
> look through Mac's and Dearborn and couldn't find a replacement (know
> where I could find one?), so any help or advice would be greatly
> appreciated.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Jason (Baltimore)
>


Hi Jason,
I had to dust off some brain cells to remember what that switch looked like. A quick
Ebay search turned up one for an early 60's pickup that I think is the same switch.
Item #8006442398. I think the switch is the same, you would have to change the bezel
and knob. Hope this helps.
Here's a link to the Galaxie Club of America. Check it out. http://www.galaxieclub.com/
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Old 10-12-2005, 13:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

On 12 Oct 2005 06:20:25 -0700, "Willis" <callmewillis@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>Good morning all,
>
>Has anyone had to rebuild or replace the windshield wiper dashboard
>switch behind their dash on a '63 Galaxie Fastback?
>
>I was in Ocean City this past weekend (where it rained) when I found
>out my wipers are dead. I got up under the dash, and found that the
>switch consists of a dash-mounted housing with 4 "fingers" set at 0,
>90, 270, and 360 degrees, a black switching mechanism, and the wiring
>harness, which slides onto the 4 aforementioned fingers.
>
>The switching mechanism seems to be the problem - it looks like it's
>fallen apart, but I can't tell how it was built originally. There are
>four parts that I found - a black plastic swivel piece, a center post
>which the black piece rotates on, a TINY spring, and a circular metal
>pressure plate. I don't know how it all fits back together. I can
>also post pics if need be.
>
>Has anyone had to rebuild one of these, or replace one? I did a quick
>look through Mac's and Dearborn and couldn't find a replacement (know
>where I could find one?), so any help or advice would be greatly
>appreciated.
>
>Thanks!
>
>Jason (Baltimore)

It's possible that it is the same switch used in Ford p/u trucks,
Mustangs, Falcons, etc of that era. For example, I am using an
intermittent wiper switch from a late 60s F150 p/u. The switch is the
same, as is the knob, as my 65 Mustang. The difference is that the
shaft the knob goes on is longer for the truck, so it's a matter of
cutting it to the right length and creating a flat spot for the knob
set screw. Of course, it also has a black box in the wiring harness
which controls the timing for intermittent operation. The end result
is to turn the knob one way turns on the wipers, and turn it the other
and you can adjust the frequency. The switch, black box, wiper motor,
and wiring cost $25 used at a wrecking yard where F-150s are
plentiful. The intermittent type comes from one of the deluxe models,
and the average F150 will have the standard single or 2 speed system.

If you can determine if it is the same switch, I have a number of
Mustang, Ford truck, TBird, falcon catalogs from that era which do
list the wiper switch.

Spike
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior; Vintage 40
16" rims w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A gForce Radial
225/50ZR16 KDWS skins; surround sound audio-video.
Feb 2004 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
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Old 10-12-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

Spike wrote:
I am using an
intermittent wiper switch from a late 60s F150 p/u.

Late 60s? Never saw that option on a pickup till about 73 or 74. Gotta be pretty
uncommon. I thought my 72 was pretty deluxe with dealer installed A\C.
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Old 10-12-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

On Wed, 12 Oct 2005 20:40:36 -0400, Tom Adkins
<newton5@remove.comcast.net> wrote:

>Spike wrote:
> I am using an
>intermittent wiper switch from a late 60s F150 p/u.
>
> Late 60s? Never saw that option on a pickup till about 73 or 74. Gotta be pretty
>uncommon. I thought my 72 was pretty deluxe with dealer installed A\C.

I believe it is. The guy who got me with it has been using them on
Broncos for ages. As I recall it was off a 68 or 69 (it's been sitting
in a box for ages - it seems - waiting for the Mustang to be ready.
For all I know it was a special order item. As long as it works is
what I care about.

Also, Mustang Project is working on a conversion for this mod.
Spike
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior; Vintage 40
16" rims w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A gForce Radial
225/50ZR16 KDWS skins; surround sound audio-video.
Feb 2004 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
Feb 2004 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/d..._11_05_002.jpg
Jul 2005 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/E...ebuild_006.jpg
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Old 10-19-2005, 14:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback


Here are some pics of the switch parts:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/callme...llis/my_photos

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Old 10-19-2005, 17:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback

I checked all the catalogs related to Ford and Mercury, both autos and
trucks (although I don't have a specific Galaxie catalog) and didn't
find anything similar. Sorry. What you have there appears like it
could be just a piece of the switch.

I think it's a case of search the Galaxie links via Google for clubs
as someone else suggested. Even as common as a lot of Mustang parts
are, I've had to do that a couple of times. Sometimes you get really
good help, and sometimes you don't. So try as many links/sources as
you can.

Best of Luck

On 19 Oct 2005 12:04:41 -0700, "Willis" <callmewillis@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>
>Here are some pics of the switch parts:
>
>http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/callme...llis/my_photos


Spike
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior; Vintage 40
16" rims w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A gForce Radial
225/50ZR16 KDWS skins; surround sound audio-video.
Feb 2004 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/003_May_21_3004.jpg
Feb 2004 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/d..._11_05_002.jpg
Jul 2005 - http://207.36.208.198/albums/86810/E...ebuild_006.jpg
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Old 10-19-2005, 19:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback


I got up under the dash 2nite and took the switch completely apart,
because I had removed the wire connector and the bezel out of the dash.
The part number is:

Drum roll please...........

C3AB - 17A553 - C1

Now the Ebay search begins hehe

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Old 10-21-2005, 15:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback


AHA!

So I started putting parts together the other night, and couldn't
figure the switch out. After all, I wasn't seeing any metal touching
metal (which can't be good).

So I dug under the dash AGAIN and found 3 brass contacts that sit
within the black plastic center housing. They each sit at about 1,
120, and 200 degrees.

Can anyone tell me the true order that this stuff goes together?
Here's what I'm assuming:


Wire Terminal + (3 Brass Contacts + Black Centerpiece + Spring & Center
Pin (Can anyone verify that they sit INSIDE the black housing) + Small
Metal Disk (Does it rest against the flat back side of the actual knob
rod) + Dash Mount Housing

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Old 10-27-2005, 12:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Windshield Wiper Switch - 1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback


Ok - so I got the switch back together (in the order above), but now my
windshield wipers won't park. Does anyone know if this is definitely
the motor or the switch???

Thanks,

Willis

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