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    I was changing my gearbox oil today. I have a reverse light switch for the car but I couldn't work out where it goes.. if at all. The DecidedlySpecial is 4 speed.. you can see in Greenbloods pic where it goes but the forward casing is completely diferent..(5 speed?) to mine. Can anyone help?

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    Here's where it is on Moby Dick's 4 speeder. (Definitely Special)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    Here's where it is on Moby Dick's 4 speeder. (Definitely Special)

    Cheers, Pottsy

    Thanks Pottsy

    yes that's what mine looks like.. there's a little bolt in that position at the moment.. certainly not a big enough thread for the one on the reverse light switch though....hmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnm View Post
    Greetings all

    I was changing my gearbox oil today. I have a reverse light switch for the car but I couldn't work out where it goes.. if at all. The DecidedlySpecial is 4 speed.. you can see in Greenbloods pic where it goes but the forward casing is completely diferent..(5 speed?) to mine. Can anyone help?

    thanks muchly

    Matthew
    Matthew,

    Not sure about RHD cars, but at least the ID's we got in the US there was a period where they did not have a back up switch mounted on the transmission. The cover plate looks just like the one pictured in the parts books - it only has a small breather hole. Tranny's with the backup switch are a different casting and have a 14x1.5 threaded hole for the switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citroenfan View Post
    Matthew,

    Not sure about RHD cars, but at least the ID's we got in the US there was a period where they did not have a back up switch mounted on the transmission. The cover plate looks just like the one pictured in the parts books - it only has a small breather hole. Tranny's with the backup switch are a different casting and have a 14x1.5 threaded hole for the switch.

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    Brilliant.. thanks Steve.. that mystery is solved. All I need now then is the different cover plate... the search begins....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnm View Post
    Brilliant.. thanks Steve.. that mystery is solved. All I need now then is the different cover plate... the search begins....

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    Were reversing lights fitted for 1970 UK cars?
    Does the car have the wires ready to go in the wiring loom?
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    Has an accessory finally been found that Matthew will not be able to fit to this car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mort Subite View Post
    Were reversing lights fitted for 1970 UK cars?
    Does the car have the wires ready to go in the wiring loom?
    If the car does have wiring for it, there is a small group of 4 wires about under the alternator. Two of them are for the oil pressure (a 3mm Citroen pin) and the temperature sensor (a 4mm Citroen pin). Those should be white and blue, respectively. The other two will be the connection for the back-up lamps (both are 4mm)- purple, which is power out to the switch, and yellow, which is out to the lamps. The power is ignition switched. The power out continues out to the rear connection group, which for you guys should be right next to the air box on the passenger side, under the dash. The connection there is still yellow. Take care, because the connection for the fuel gauge is also yellow, but a 4mm male! It continues out the rear harness to the back.

    Just look first for the group of four connectors at the alt. That should tell you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Has an accessory finally been found that Matthew will not be able to fit to this car?
    Lol! I have no idea what you could possibly mean Craig!.

    I have a new dash loom to fit at some stage.. The car already has reversing lamps activated by a pull knob on the dash but that only works if the driving lights are on as well...so I just wanted to mount the reverse switch and avoid the hassle.

    Thanks for the tips

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnm View Post
    Lol! I have no idea what you could possibly mean Craig!.

    I have a new dash loom to fit at some stage.. The car already has reversing lamps activated by a pull knob on the dash but that only works if the driving lights are on as well...so I just wanted to mount the reverse switch and avoid the hassle.

    Thanks for the tips

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    You say you already have the new loom? If that's the case, it's simple enough to add a pair of wires in a 'layover' harness so you can fit the back-up lamps to the transmission switch. You can tap power from the positive side of the coil, add a single fuse (shouldn't need to be any bigger than 10A), and use the power out wire to where the lamps come into your current switch. Very easy, especially when you're replacing the main harness anyway. You won't even need to do a connector at the alternator, just run the wire right out to the switch. I just do the 4 connector way because that's the way the factory setups are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrodelectric View Post
    You say you already have the new loom? If that's the case, it's simple enough to add a pair of wires in a 'layover' harness so you can fit the back-up lamps to the transmission switch. You can tap power from the positive side of the coil, add a single fuse (shouldn't need to be any bigger than 10A), and use the power out wire to where the lamps come into your current switch. Very easy, especially when you're replacing the main harness anyway. You won't even need to do a connector at the alternator, just run the wire right out to the switch. I just do the 4 connector way because that's the way the factory setups are.
    Cool.. that's what I was hoping.. just need the cover plate now..

    Matthew

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnm View Post
    Cool.. that's what I was hoping.. just need the cover plate now..

    Matthew
    Should be no trouble to get a cover down to you.

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