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It would be neat to modernize that light and do the following:

  1. Bright LED
  2. Lithium Battery for wireless mobility
  3. Secured to fender with magnet that allows light to stick to objects when in use
  4. 12V charging lead is to the base and the light disconnects from charging when removed

 

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38 minutes ago, 240260280 said:

It would be neat to modernize that light and do the following:

  1. Bright LED
  2. Lithium Battery for wireless mobility
  3. Secured to fender with magnet that allows light to stick to objects when in use
  4. 12V charging lead is to the base and the light disconnects from charging when removed

 

Inspection Light 2.0 - go for it! ? 

Sign me: Anxiously awaiting your prototype.

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I think we have a winner!  Here is the new switch installed in a light body, pictured with a NOS unit for comparison.  No interference inside when installing the switch.  The bat (toggle) is larger and the bushing extends further out of the body.  The exposed bushing length can be adjusted as there is a hex nut inside the body for that purpose and one outside to lock it in place.  I plan to have the hex nuts yellow zinc plated and will paint one of the switches to more closely resemble OE.  Stay tuned to this station for continuing updates.

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Today's mind-numbing exercise: servicing 18 switches with disassembly, cleaning, burnishing the contacts, dielectric grease, assembly.  About 3 hours for 18 units.  Two others in the batch have broken toggles and will get the new metal toggle replacement switches.

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Absolutely. That would be an easy part for 3D printing. My only concern would be how durable would it be? I'm not sure how brittle that stuff is.

My SWAG would be that the original part is glass reinforced nylon.

So @jfa.series1,  the original parts all snap off where the handle meets the spherical section, right? Another possibility would be to just make a "handle" and drill out a hole in the original sphere and glue a new handle in place? Tricky tooling setup, but might take less time than making a whole new piece from scratch.

I still think that painting a metal one flat white would be the best all around solution. I'll just have to carry a magnet with me to shows in the future so I can tell originals from repros and judge the cars appropriately.  LOL

 

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10 minutes ago, Captain Obvious said:

Absolutely. That would be an easy part for 3D printing. My only concern would be how durable would it be? I'm not sure how brittle that stuff is.

My SWAG would be that the original part is glass reinforced nylon.

So @jfa.series1,  the original parts all snap off where the handle meets the spherical section, right? Another possibility would be to just make a "handle" and drill out a hole in the original sphere and glue a new handle in place? Tricky tooling setup, but might take less time than making a whole new piece from scratch.

I still think that painting a metal one flat white would be the best all around solution. I'll just have to carry a magnet with me to shows in the future so I can tell originals from repros and judge the cars appropriately.  LOL

 

Captain - You are on target with the point of breakage.  In going thru these units, I determined that the deciding factor has been the amount of weather exposure that resulted in deterioration of the exposed handle portion of the entire toggle.  It is similar to the breakdown of the nylon insulators found on the fuel rails.  My car has always been garaged, not a bit of breakdown on any of these bits.

I suspect it would be every bit as difficult to turn out a replacement handle as it would be to turn a complete unit and as you point out, a tricky process to drill a receiving hole in the ball.

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, the metal bat is a bit larger in diameter but properly finished it might be difficult to spot by show judges.  Heck, it would only count in the ZCCA Stock class anyway.  I hope to have a prototype ready soon.

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Agreed. I'm assuming weather and heat exposure are the two biggest contributors to the deterioration.

Have you got one where it's broken, but you have all the parts still? You could sent it my way and I could poke around with it.

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1 hour ago, Captain Obvious said:

Agreed. I'm assuming weather and heat exposure are the two biggest contributors to the deterioration.

Have you got one where it's broken, but you have all the parts still? You could sent it my way and I could poke around with it.

I have a couple of complete switches with a broken toggle, not likely to have the missing handle segment but will check.  As a fallback, I could take some measurements of the NOS handle segment for you.  If you want to mess with a busted switch sans handle I can send it - still have your address.

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Let me see what I have here first before you send parts. I know I have a complete working unit on my car, so I can take handle measurements off that (assuming they didn't change any over the years). What I'm not sure about is if I have a broken one laying around. I'll take a look when I get a chance. 

I did have one more thought on a repro technique... Make the whole thing out of metal, but make the handle section narrower than stock (and not tapered). Then glue on a hollow white plastic handle. Or a black one. Or a teak one. Or mother of pearl... LOL

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No meaningful updates on the inspection lights topic, the bodies went off to plating a couple of weeks ago and I don't know if the business has been shut down by the virus situation.  New lenses are on order from Steve Nix, all the switches have been cleaned and serviced. 

Today it was back into the attic to get a couple more boxes of the parts hoard down for work.  The first box had a set of taillights that look to be in pretty good shape and four license plate lights.  The license lights have been completely disassembled for cleaning, plating, painting, ...etc.  With any luck I'll be able to realize three complete refurbed units from the parts.  No work yet on the taillights.

The next box was an assortment of turn signal lights - the verdict is still out on the quality of the contents.  I did try to break down one of the assemblies and was faced with the typical rusted tiny screws along the bottom edge.  You know... the ones that either wallow out the Phillips head or just snap off.  Still, there are some promising looking parts in the box and likely a few sets of complete TS assemblies.

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I removed the reflectors from the turn signal lights I have. I thought about trying to get them nickle plated for the mirror effect

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1 hour ago, Patcon said:

I removed the reflectors from the turn signal lights I have. I thought about trying to get them nickle plated for the mirror effect

Cheap-arse alternate----I've successfully used that aluminum air conditioning foil duct tape to cover the reflector. It has adhesive on the back, can be applied as an overlarge strip to the reflector and the excess trimmed with an x-acto knife. Polished with metal polishing compound it has pretty darn good reflectivity, especially if you spray paint the housings white before assembly.

 

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“No meaningful updates on the inspection lights topic, the bodies went off to plating a couple of weeks ago and I don't know if the business has been shut down by the virus situation.  New lenses are on order from Steve Nix, all the switches have b..”
 

jfa-series1 - I didn’t know someone was reproducing the lenses. Would you mind PM’ing me Steve’s contact info. 

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8 hours ago, Zup said:

Cheap-arse alternate----I've successfully used that aluminum air conditioning foil duct tape to cover the reflector. It has adhesive on the back, can be applied as an overlarge strip to the reflector and the excess trimmed with an x-acto knife. Polished with metal polishing compound it has pretty darn good reflectivity, especially if you spray paint the housings white before assembly.

 

I did the "Cheap-arse" aluminium tape method to restore my set too. It turned out ok, but no where near the quality of what @jfa.series1 is doing. It takes a lot of time and dedication smiley_abuv - Copy.gif

Some photos of my humble atempt to restore my TS lenses. I also fabricated new brackets to replace the missing ones and welded the set screws in place. Repaired and polished the lenses.

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I have a thread here somewhere where I made the lenses and an extended version for the longer LED. Took me a threw attempts to get the colour density right. Luckely the plating on my inspection lights were in good condition and I only needed the lenses.

And to think, these were still availble through Nissan for $120 new in the box until about 4 years ago. Who would have thought we would be where we are now.

 

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Two to make one and some fixes

 

1. Best lens but with rotted hardware in place.

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2. Broken donor with best reflector.

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3. Repair to best lens: Forget the hole and thread, epoxy a 3mm screw and secure with a nut and washer on the outside.

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4.Best backing with donor reflector ready to go in.

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5. Reflector replaced

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Finished:

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13 hours ago, jfa.series1 said:

No meaningful updates on the inspection lights topic, the bodies went off to plating a couple of weeks ago and I don't know if the business has been shut down by the virus situation.  New lenses are on order from Steve Nix, all the switches have been cleaned and serviced. 

Today it was back into the attic to get a couple more boxes of the parts hoard down for work.  The first box had a set of taillights that look to be in pretty good shape and four license plate lights.  The license lights have been completely disassembled for cleaning, plating, painting, ...etc.  With any luck I'll be able to realize three complete refurbed units from the parts.  No work yet on the taillights.

The next box was an assortment of turn signal lights - the verdict is still out on the quality of the contents.  I did try to break down one of the assemblies and was faced with the typical rusted tiny screws along the bottom edge.  You know... the ones that either wallow out the Phillips head or just snap off.  Still, there are some promising looking parts in the box and likely a few sets of complete TS assemblies.

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Wow!  That's collecting in my opinion, wisely too. 

I guess that A&E television show changed my perception of the meaning "hoarding".  They only show the nut jobs with newspapers stacked to the ceiling for people to gawk at then think their mess isn't so bad after all.  You know, those "feel good" shows. LOL

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38 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Wow!  That's collecting in my opinion, wisely too. 

I guess that A&E television show changed my perception of the meaning "hoarding".  They only show the nut jobs with newspapers stacked to the ceiling for people to gawk at then think their mess isn't so bad after all.  You know, those "feel good" shows. LOL

You should see Jim's bathrooms!

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1 hour ago, siteunseen said:

Wow!  That's collecting in my opinion, wisely too. 

I guess that A&E television show changed my perception of the meaning "hoarding".  They only show the nut jobs with newspapers stacked to the ceiling for people to gawk at then think their mess isn't so bad after all.  You know, those "feel good" shows. LOL

I'll post a separate story of the "hoard" and how it came to be.

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