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Username Post: door jam switch        (Topic#361539)
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06-27-20 01:33 AM - Post#2797284    

Did 1961s have door jam switches? Where would they have been? I have a biscayne without any. My new AAW harness came with courtesy lights and provision to hook to door jam switches. A simple picture would be appreciated. I couldnt find anything in the service manual.

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06-27-20 05:24 AM - Post#2797291    
    In response to 61_flattop

Check in the post above, 1961 Impala build, I'd guess they were stock on the Impala and that post has a lot of pics of a 61.


Edited by Tony on 06-27-20 04:54 PM. Reason for edit: Added link to post mentioned.

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06-27-20 06:28 AM - Post#2797294    
    In response to 61_flattop

The door jam switches are located deep behind the upper door hinge, and utilize a hole about 7/8" diameter. The switches themselves are kind of pricey and difficult to find. Not certain if the hole for the switch is already drilled or not, but if it isn't, you might need to remove the door to drill the hole. Usually, if Fisher body didn't drill the hole, they put a divot in the metal where the hole goes. Other times, they would install a metal plug in the hole, like they did when they didn't install the cigarette lighter in the dash.
Do an eBay search for "1957-1962 Chevy Dome Light Switch, Door Jamb Switch", and you will see what the reproduction switches look like. The originals look slightly different, however, if you are not looking for a concourse correct restoration, the repops should work for you.

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06-27-20 11:33 AM - Post#2797312    
    In response to 61_flattop

Be aware there are decent and really crappy reproduction jamb switches. A price comparison should tell you which is which.

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06-29-20 02:44 AM - Post#2797421    
    In response to junky

I guess any "style" would work, if not junk. Ill be back out to the car tomorrow. Guess Ill double check where you said they would be. I was looking around the edge of the door opening. The ones over on Classic industries look quite different than the one I seen on ebay. The car has been on jack stands and no battery hooked up for months. Hoping to change that by the weekend. Next on the list is rewiring everything, hence the question about the switches. I definitely wont be removing the doors to drill holes. Either the holes are at least there, or I wont be having them. lol

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06-29-20 04:27 AM - Post#2797425    
    In response to 61_flattop

I think you should be able to install switches without removing the doors.

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