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There is also a "mystery" fuse that allows power for the brake lights to even work!!

Try finding the green wire off your IGINITION switch. There is a in-line fuse there that blows sometimes. I promise you it's there and not listed in the service manual...
Jon, the '58 had only one fuse on the headlight switch. Most likely, the in-line fuse holder you refer to is one that feeds the Flasher Unit (orange-yellow wire) coming from the ignition switch. And yes, without flasher power, the directional signal switch would lose a power feed.

The '59 and '60 T-birds have two fuses on the rear of the headlight switch and NO inline fuse holder.

I would like to hear more about that wire dangling with the ring terminal at the end. What color is it, and where does it come from?
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I would like to hear more about that wire dangling with the ring terminal at the end. What color is it, and where does it come from?
That's what the guy working on the car said :-) He was gonna trace it down next time he has it.
I'll take a pic for y'all and see if you know what it is.
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Jon, the '58 had only one fuse on the headlight switch. Most likely, the in-line fuse holder you refer to is one that feeds the Flasher Unit (orange-yellow wire) coming from the ignition switch. And yes, without flasher power, the directional signal switch would lose a power feed.

The '59 and '60 T-birds have two fuses on the rear of the headlight switch and NO inline fuse holder.
I promise you my 1960 (as well a few others of us on here) have this "mystery" inline fuse off a solid green wire on the IGNITION switch- not the headlamp switch.
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Jon, if you can identify which terminal it goes to and what it feeds, I will include it in our drawings. Then, it won't be a mystery any longer. - Dave
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Read this thread from back in 2008. http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...t=brake+lights

Pay attention to posts#3,10,& 20 by "Wildcat15". Post#29 by "FeFranco". Post#67 by "Trimcode76". As well as, post# 70 by "Bcomo".

There are some pics posted at the end of this thread. I can't see them if they are still valid pic links though, because I'm at work & they are blocked.

I think the important think is to check and see if you have power 1st from either lead connecting to the brake switch (on the end of the master cylinder). You have to have power there, or this fuse is blown. Furthermore, the correct fuse is samller than the 14amp some of the guys mention in the old thread. It's more like a 7.5 or 5amp...

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Hey Jon,
Here was my post some time back! My be your problem also! http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...t=brake+lights
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Here was my post some time back! My be your problem also! http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...t=brake+lights
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No, I don't have any brake light problems. Those two old threads help me fix my brake light problem about a month ago.

I was try to save "villain" some time with his problem.

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Hey Jon,
Brain fart! Hey David
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...the correct fuse is samller than the 14amp some of the guys mention in the old thread. It's more like a 7.5 or 5amp...
Jon, let me get this straight. From what I gleaned from the other thread, ony 1960 Thunderbirds had this fuse (I can believe 7-amps), and:

1.) "a 14A fuse is shown between the Ignition switch 'BAT' terminal and the stop light switch, the circuit continues to the turn signal switch and onto the brake lights. Although the circuit connects at the turn signal switch, --junction point only-- it doesn't go thru the switch, so a faulty switch shouldn't affect the stop lights."

2.) "the green wire coming off the headlight switch does not go directly to the brake light switch, it goes over to the ignition switch, then from there to the brake light switch WITH AN INLINE FUSE A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE IGNITION SWTCH."

I will change our drawings to show the fuse but I must be sure of a couple things. It sounds like a wire (of some color I need to know) starts at the (? terminal on the) Headlight Sw and goes to the "B" terminal on the Key Sw.

We already show a YELLOW wire that fits that description. It starts at "B" on the Headlight Sw and ends at "B" on the Key Sw. Is it really GREEN?

On the drawing, it's easy enough to remove the GREEN wire from the "A" terminal on the Headlight Sw to the Stop Sw. Then, add a GREEN wire to the "B" terminal on the Key Sw, add a Fuse and continue with GREEN to the Stop Sw. The problem is, #1 statement says the GREEN wire junctions at the Turn Signal Sw. Is that so? Is there a bullet connector at the bottom of the steering column with three GREEN wires plugged in?

These prints follow a convention: YELLOW wires are hot all the time and they go to a battery source. GREEN may be fused and hot all the time or switched.

The submitted pictures show a black inline fuse with GREEN wires. I don't see any more than that.

Richard, you show a YELLOW wire AND a GREEN wire on the same terminal on your Key Sw, but no fuse:


If I had a '60 Tbird I would dig into it, but I don't. So, I need someone to re-check for correct answers before I draw.

I know this... If I had fuse holders hidden like these, I would extend the wires and put them in a more accessible location. It wouldn't hurt to label them and place them close to eachother instead of searching all over the dash whenever a fuse blows. I appreciate your help. - Dave
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