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Old 11-25-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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I have a 48 Mercury convertible. On the steering column at about the 11 o:clock position is a hollow steel tube that runs from the steering column bracket up to the steering wheel. Does anyone know what this is for? It looks to me as if it might be for a wire that would power a light. Was there a bulb somewhere underneath the steering wheel that might have lit up the center of the horn ring emblem?
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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Sounds like a raceway for aftermarket signal light wires that may have been installed at one point.
Pictures would be better.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #3
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My first reaction when I saw your post was, "well, mine doesn't have that." Then I looked and it turns out I do. No idea what it's for. It's empty on mine. Here's a photo. I assume you mean the tube above the steering column but below the gear shift rod.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:16 PM   #4
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Thinking out loud but weren't turn signals a factory option on some of the 47-8 Mercs?
Maybe a 6M part number.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:21 PM   #5
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1948 was a change year for electrics to some extent. The old steering column drop lock & switch was traded for a dash switch at least on Ford cars or maybe mid year. I don't know of any reason for a light being in that location. We will have to wait for a 48 Mercury owner to chime in.

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Old 11-25-2016, 01:26 PM   #6
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Thinking out loud but weren't turn signals a factory option on some of the 47-8 Mercs?
Maybe a 6M part number.
Yep' the knock out seems to indicate that the signal lights were an option. And the tube is a wire raceway.
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Mercury was upscale from Ford so a turn signal option may have been available. They became standard equipment in 1949.

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Old 11-25-2016, 03:03 PM   #8
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Right. That's the tube I am talking about.
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Old 11-25-2016, 03:27 PM   #9
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Any one know where a person can get this option ? I have a tube like that one on my 47.
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:36 AM   #10
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Many years ago I installed a switch I had taken off a 49 Ford and installed it on a 48. It wasn't built in the column, it just clamped around the tube. Had a strap screwed to the inside edge on the bottom of the steering wheel to cancel the signal after turning. Was nice and had heavy chrome plating with Ford script on top. Never knew if it was factory or dealer installed.
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:55 PM   #11
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The tube in question is for the factory optioned turn signal switch that is / was available for your car. the knockout shows the location of the switch arm when installed.

I believe this is a 48 only option and IF my memory is correct, your car may also have an ignition switch that was unique to 1948 only

I have no idea if anyone reproduces the necessary parts to refit the turn signal switch.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:26 PM   #12
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"I believe this is a 48 only option"

My 47 coupe has the same knockout
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:20 AM   #13
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"I believe this is a 48 only option"

My 47 coupe has the same knockout
As does my 46 convert.
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Old 12-11-2016, 06:11 PM   #14
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I have a complete factory kit for turn signals on 46 and 47/48 Mercury. Contact me by email blarge@comcast.net for more info. Bill Large Michigan.
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Yep' the knock out seems to indicate that the signal lights were an option. And the tube is a wire raceway.

That sounds like the most logical reason. I noticed that knock out too.

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