Well the brake light switch I ordered showed up a few days after ordering it and looked nothing like what I needed. The switch I had go bad is a pressure activated switch that is mounted in a junction block in the brake line. What showed up was a manual activated switch.
I called the dealer & mailed him a diagram with the part # out of my parts catalog. So he ordered the part - shipped directly from bluebird to me for $98 (I figure diffrent price = diffrent part) I get the part a few days later and it's the same thing only now it's a kit with a bracket, wire harness ect... Still a manually activated switch.
I call him back, he calls bluebird and I guess they've had problems with that pressure switch leaking and now it is replaced with a manual switch. So I mounted it under the floor of the brake pedal so it contacts the brake pedal linkage.
Now to fix the fluid leak at the pressure switch... I go to Autozone and get a plug. Just a brass(?) fitting with a square head, screw it in. pump the brakes no leaks. Allright back in business! Now just gotta bleed the brakes.
I have my girlfriend pump the brakes with the engine running & I crawl under the bus and crack the 1st bleeder. Shockingly it comes loose and I bleed the rear brakes then on the the front. I get to the pass side front and she pumps the brakes and I see/hear fluid pissing from the other side just behind the front tire (not where I had just plugged it @ the old brake switch) I look and I have a rusted through brake line a few feet back from where I was working.
At this time I'm suppose to be getting ready to drive a bunch of friends around from their weading to the reception.. I run to napa "sorry we don't carry brake line that size" they did refer me to another shop in town that did, so I race over there get the line go back and try for hours to get the brake line fittings loose.
A few hours, 1 smashed knuckle & 1 chunk of rust in my left eyeball later I got it done. Bleed the brakes and test drive it and it seems like the brakes are better then they've ever been. This thing stops better than my 97 F150.
I missed my friends weeding & half of the reception, luckily another friend has a nice 5th wheel trailer and hauled the wedding party around in that, which kinda worked out better since I didn't have to drive them around all night... meaning I could have a good time
uggg what a crappy job that turned out to be, I'm glad it's over and that I was able to save the money by doing it myself.