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Stoplight switch

Lenni

Active Forum User
VOC Member
#1
Hi,
I own a B Rapide 1947. I´m searching for a original rear stoplight switch. :eek:
I know it is very difficult to find. I even don´t know exactly how it looks!!!

Deos anybody have pictures of this item?

Thanks Lenni
 

dave g6xnc

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Non-VOC Member
#2
stop light switch

Try wiring products Tel; 0115 9305454 and ask for a catalouge, many Miler / Lucas replicas.
Dave gs.
 
#3
Rocking horse ****!

Hi Lenni, you might find this info a bit more useful than calling a wiring company in the UK.
If I am right then the type of switch that you are after is the round type and is as rare as rocking horse ****. I know for a fact that Alan Wright spent over a year looking for one and I have only ever seen one in a photo.
I think that a wanted ad on this forum would be a good place to start.
Good luck with your hunt.
Russell
 

Lenni

Active Forum User
VOC Member
#4
Hi Dave and Russell,
I think I read anywhere about the luck Alan had to find one.
Thnaks for your answers.
Lenni
 

Anders Fors

New Forum User
Non-VOC Member
#5
Hi Lenni,
I am also riding a 1947 B Rapid in very close to original condition. The type of brakeswitch on a 1947 HRD Vincent is a round Miller. You can find a picture of this in the book "Original Vincent Motorcycles" - J P Bickerstaff, on side 46.
Regards, Anders
 

Comet Rider

Well Known and Active Forum User
VOC Member
#6
Round stop light switches

I beleive Alan found out that they where also fitted to a number of comercial vehicles of the same vintage. Try asking some of the old cal/comercial vehicle owners clubs, you might have some luck;)
 

Lenni

Active Forum User
VOC Member
#7
Cool

Hi,
i think i´ll have a look in Jaquelinines book. The book is in Kurts museum. By the way, he is in hospital, problems with the lung. At the TT it was a bit cold..at night.
Comet Rider: Do you know more?
Lenni
 

samueljohn

Active Forum User
VOC Member
#8
Miller Switch

While speaking to Dave Hills, he told me this fantastic story, something on the level of Lord of the Rings, that Brother Wright went through to find this Holy Grail. No sacrifice is too great for the perfect restoration....



Good Luck and may the Force be with you.

J
 

boggler122

Well Known and Active Forum User
VOC Member
#15
miller or Lucas stoplight switch

The miller switch is very rare, The Lucas one is still available PR39 . From VOCSC. The reason why it is still available is that it is also a Land Rover stop light switch.Ken
 

Len Matthews

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VOC Member
#16
I'm a bit worried about the nut on the end of the brake cam shown in the photo. Has it unscrewed itself or has the threaded end of the cam been shortened? Either way,I'm just thinking of your safety! Ref. the Miller stop light switch, I think that Dave Quartermaine made one for his early "B", now owned by Alan Wager.
 

Andrew Rackstraw

New Forum User
Non-VOC Member
#17
The 'square' type of brake switch was also fitted to early mk1 Land Rover's - if this might help anyone out there! - I also note in the excellent picture the head of the thread for the brake cam is below the outer surface of the nut - is the washer perhaps too thick?
 

Robert Watson

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VOC Member
#20
The switch is a Miller No 42E. There is an original one one my Brothers B rap /34. I took it off one day and made two copies. One is on my Black B rapide cleverly plated JRO 101 which was in the hotel lobby at the 2003 Int rally. The other I gave to Dan Smith and is on his daughter's lowered B Rapide. Ernesto Morales in Texas was after some and was going to make a batch, but (I think) found some in Argentina, and didn't make any. Not any help but if ou have access to one and are even a poor amatuer lathe operator, as I am, It is not too difficult to reproduce. having said that I'm not doing any more!, unless you have a Comet gear box for swap! Also I see it mounted in the hole on the mudguard stay in the picture shown. If fact the early B's that they came on had no mudguard stay here and they were mounted on a little tab bracket, which also put them in a better position for the pull to operate.
 
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