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I pulled this nest of inspection lights out of the garage attic stash yesterday.  By moving quickly, I was able to get them de-fanged before any harm was done! ?

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Are those plastic toggle switches still available from anyone?  I've got 2 lights with those broken off, not on either car of course so no biggie just curious.

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16 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Are those plastic toggle switches still available from anyone?  I've got 2 lights with those broken off, not on either car of course so no biggie just curious.

Not to my knowledge.  Our good friend @S30Driver has substituted modern switches with a metal toggle with success.

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Holy crap that is a lot of inspection lights. I just finished restoring 2 of them. They turned out fairly decent. 
 

Does anyone know if there is a source for the rubber grommet on the bottom where the wires exit. I’m sure I saw them advertised somewhere before. 

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Does anyone have a web link to the more modern metal toggle that will work I think a lot of us have broken toggles


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11 hours ago, AZDatsun said:

Does anyone have a web link to the more modern metal toggle that will work I think a lot of us have broken toggles


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@S30Driver - any recommendations?

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13 hours ago, colinc said:

Holy crap that is a lot of inspection lights. I just finished restoring 2 of them. They turned out fairly decent. 
 

Does anyone know if there is a source for the rubber grommet on the bottom where the wires exit. I’m sure I saw them advertised somewhere before. 

I have a grommet assortment box from Harbor Frieght, found a size that works well.  I do open the center hole with a drill bit to handle the connectors.  You probably don't have HF in Canada but likely a similar outlet.

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34 minutes ago, jfa.series1 said:

I have a grommet assortment box from Harbor Frieght, found a size that works well.  I do open the center hole with a drill bit to handle the connectors.  You probably don't have HF in Canada but likely a similar outlet.

Thanks.  I think Princess Auto may be similar to Harbor Freight.  I will give them a try.   

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4 hours ago, jfa.series1 said:

@S30Driver - any recommendations?

Nice de-fangeling Jim!

The ones I purchased are not available at this time.  This is roughly what you are looking for, a SPST on off toggle switch, the hole for the switch is 12mm,  I would probably solder the leads instead of using the screw terminal and remove the on off plate.  Not sure about the quality, but you get 5 for about 10 bucks.

https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Rocker-Toggle-Switch-Waterproof/dp/B078KBC5VH/ref=pd_ybh_a_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BGC5ZQ1MQTNHNWVSJWKE

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From grunge to glitter!  Next up - Dremel wire brush to clean out all the insides, then wet sand final prep for handoff to the plater.  I was pretty lucky with this group, only one body had a couple of dings and only one had any serious patina issues.

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Yellow zinc plate them and you have $1.5k + on that bench!!!

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4 hours ago, S30Driver said:

Nice de-fangeling Jim!

The ones I purchased are not available at this time.  This is roughly what you are looking for, a SPST on off toggle switch, the hole for the switch is 12mm,  I would probably solder the leads instead of using the screw terminal and remove the on off plate.  Not sure about the quality, but you get 5 for about 10 bucks.

https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Rocker-Toggle-Switch-Waterproof/dp/B078KBC5VH/ref=pd_ybh_a_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BGC5ZQ1MQTNHNWVSJWKE

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Thanks for the link. Need a few replacements, I just ordered a group of five.

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Has anyone tried just roughing up the metal toggle handle and painting it flat white?

And if someone really really needs a plastic one and has a dead example for autopsy, I bet I could come up with a plastic replacement. Might take 100 hours and cost thousands, but I'd be willing to at least take a look at it.

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On 3/3/2020 at 12:47 PM, S30Driver said:

The switches arrived today and are not a good fit for the housing.  The 29.5mm dimension is too big to fit flush against the end of the tube.  The OE switch is 23mm (0.9").  Now its off to the site recommended by @SteveJ to shop for a better fit.

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My switch arrived today went out to change it and my Bulb cover is totally not there.. I don’t get it just disintegrated I guess.. went back inside in anger.


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13 minutes ago, jfa.series1 said:

The switches arrived today and are not a good fit for the housing.  The 29.5mm dimension is too big to fit flush against the end of the tube.  The OE switch is 23mm (0.9").  Now its off to the site recommended by @SteveJ to shop for a better fit.

This one might work better: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/c-k/T102SHZQE/CKN1549-ND/484203

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7 minutes ago, SteveJ said:

This one has a small body, too: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/nkk-switches/M2011B2B1W03/360-3070-ND/4509595

It also has metric threads.

 

Thanks Steve.  The threaded bushing needs to be 12mm to correctly fit the hole.  Many of the smaller body switches are sub-mini's with a 1/4" (8.9mm) bushing.  In a quick review I spotted a pre-wired switch that looks good, would eliminate soldering wires to a new switch - just use a small butt connector.  Will get back to it later for more investigation. 

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I'm pretty sure it's a BA-9 bulb, so it's likely less than 1A.

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The one I ordered worked your right it doesn’t fit flat against the bottom but it does get more than enough threads through and with a little thread locket it’s not going anywhere.. now if I can get myself a new cap..
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Thanks again to @SteveJ for the link to DigiKey.  Going thru their catalog I located this switch that has dimensions very close to OE.  I've got 5 on order, will update this thread with fitment results when they arrive.

https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/electroswitch/7105B/451-1156-ND/2679539

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