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does anybody know where to pick up a rocker switch for the console? I am looking to install the fog lights and would like to install the rocker switch in the spare location next to the hazard switch to control the fog lights. I am not sure if a regular rocker switch will fit?thanks

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If the 260 console has the same switch blank as the 280z, you can carefully cut out the knock out area, and install a rocker switch such as the ones I sourced from Orielly's for my fog & spots.  I tried to get a amber switch for the fogs, but no luck.

Here is one at NAPA  https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/GRO821901?cid=paidsearch_shopping_dcoe_google&campaign=GSC-Catch-All&campaign_id=6478877959&adgroup_id=79272987338&adtype=pla&gclid=CjwKCAjwgr6TBhAGEiwA3aVuISU9xlR3zFptoGzFAx9hy0P08xM8zturaLAAMwC7XAh7ET0dJpvDYRoCG8wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&

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I think Jim is right. I looked on Z Car Source to see what they had for switches. They do have a defroster switch, but it's obviously too small to fit in the hole on the right.

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I did look for Niles brand switches to help preserve the look. The search took me to ebay, where I saw this Nissan hazard switch: https://www.ebay.com/itm/115356499313?epid=20040619831&hash=item1adbc87d71:g:ovYAAOSw5BJiY1z6

On Amazon, I saw rocker switches like this: https://www.amazon.com/Position-Rocker-Toggle(Quality-Assurance-Years)KCD3-101/dp/B07MV56LKS

The listing has lighted and non-lighted switches.

 

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I found a 1974 260z rear defogger switch for sale but I am not sure and even the seller was not helpful if it will work for the fog lights. I do not know if it is just a switch or if it has maybe a built in resistor?

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3 hours ago, kully 560 said:

I found a 1974 260z rear defogger switch for sale but I am not sure and even the seller was not helpful if it will work for the fog lights. I do not know if it is just a switch or if it has maybe a built in resistor?

The defogger switch is just a normal SPST switch, so that part of it is no problem. No resistors or anything else unusual. Just a switch.

The only thing that would concern me is how much current can that defog switch deal with? I don't think I would want fog light current going directly through that switch. I'd want to use a relay between the switch and the lights.

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thanks for the answer, it will be controlling a relay so there will be no load on the switch. I was also thinking the switch will fit the length and I will just have to cut the width on the blank plastic plate. it will be about as original as I can get.

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Cool. If you're already just controlling a relay, then a 260/280 stock defog switch will work fine.

As for where to put it.... I've been messing with the same thing in recent weeks and I've tried several different configurations. I recently made an adapter plate to put one of those switches in that rightmost larger hole. But the simplest thing would be to put it horizontal in one of the two positions right below the radio. If you've got a 260, then your right side is the "CHOKE" light, and the left side is your "REAR REFOGGER" location.

Maybe you could live without a defogger iindicator lamp there and use that location for your fog light switch? You still need CHOKE, but maybe you could do without the DEFOG indicator.

And when I get a chance I'll take some pics of some of the other stuff I've been messing with.  One of my "and after a completely unprofitable amount of hours later, I have this" kind of things.  LOL

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I really like to keep the stock lights and stuff. I was taking some measurements for the defogger switch in the large location as I have a spare center console in storage. it will clip in a little different as far as the support [snap in]. I was looking at round rocker switches this morning and thought installing 2 in the blank location. 1 for the fog lights and 1 for the electric fan override switch. that blank plastic filler cover has raised edges to look like the switch. I also was looking at a 2 gang rocker switches that are panel mounted. but so far I can not seem to find the size that is needed. I measured the opening in the spare console and it is 1-7/8" long buy 1-7/16" wide. I am going to find something I just need to spend the extra time on the internet. I will post what I have come up with also . 

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21 hours ago, kully 560 said:

hi Steve I am not sure on the signature but all the info on my car is under my name kully560. the car is a 1974 datsun 260z early production date 8/1974

Can't really blame anyone anymore for not having their details in their signature.  The Editing process makes no sense at all.  You have to go to Account Settings, then find Signature way over on the left in a long column of things.  Signature is not a Setting.

https://www.classiczcars.com/settings/

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well, I have been looking around captain obvious and found a 2 gang rocker switches panel mounted. the web site is parts express and the product # is 069-226. they are rated 12v/125v at 10amp.so for 12v purpose I would have no problem with them controlling relays. I did measure the console in the car where the blank plate is.  it looks close to removing the 2 raised portions that represent each switch. that would give it a cleaner look and the rockers are black with white symbols. I am going to order 2, 1 for a spare as they are on clearance and they are the only switches I can find  molded together and mini size. let me know what you think .

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Electrically that two gang switch you bought will be great. It will all come down to how well you can get it to fit.

If necessary, you could cut the four retaining tabs off the back of that stitch assy if it helps it fit in the hole better. You would have to figure out a different way to keep it in place, but making it look good from the top side is the most important.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.  LOL

 

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I think cutting the hole should be no problem with patience.  the switch does have over lapping sides for the clips to hold and I will probably beef up the oem plate from the underside with a plastic plate. maybe cut down on the clips [shorter]and glue the bottom plate on to the oem plate before cutting for switch size. it was all that I could find in that size for a 2 gang switch, the rest well full size or single mini switches. I thought about the round rocker switch but if this 2 gang is done right it might look the best for what is out there to buy.

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yes, I think they look great to. I also see you have to hole between the rear defogger and the seat belts light. I plan to install a small led pilot in that location to let me know the cooling fan is running. I am planning to wire it off of the manual bypass switch for the fan.

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I my junk yard explorations I stumbled on a 280z that had a rocker switch in the location the “floor temp” light goes. You can easily pop out the back plate and install a switch left/right lighted rocker switch there. I thought it was a good location.

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6 hours ago, kully 560 said:

here is a pictured of the 2 gang rocker switch . captain obvious how did you make out with the same project? 

Your switches look good. 

I haven't finalized my situation, but I'll try to snap a couple pics when I get the chance. I warn you though... It's going to raise some questions.   :excl:

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1 hour ago, Av8ferg said:

I my junk yard explorations I stumbled on a 280z that had a rocker switch in the location the “floor temp” light goes.

Ferg, Did it look "stock-ish"? I've always thought of putting a switch there, but I've never seen anything that looked like it really belonged.

I want something that looks like it could have come from the factory.

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