Monday, 19 October 2009

DHC report nr. 52; Switching attention

As the body is still in the paint shop, I switched my attention to the cars switch gear. First thing I did was put the switch for an immobilizer in the dashboard. Thought it would take me less than 30 minutes to drill a few holes and screw the switch in. But as is probably normal with all small jobs it took me quite a lot longer. Mainly caused by the dome shaped stainless steel bolts I wanted to use because they are in sight. Turned out that their thread wasn’t as it should be, so needed to re-cut their threads to get the nuts to fit (couldn’t pick another pair as I only had one). As they are stainless re-cutting them was heavy work, which of course damaged the head of one of the bolts. So another 15 minutes extra to get the damage polished out with a variety of files and sanding pads. But after two hours the switch was in place;

After that it was time for the next switches, the switches and panel in the centre of the dashboard. First thing to do was to take the panel assembly apart;

And clean the two panels and provide them with a black coating. With that sorted it was time for the switches. I started with the most important one, the light switch. There are loads of horror stories around about their un-reliability, but in my opinion they are rather solid and reliable units (knock on wood :-), as long as they are cleaned so now and then. I always use a thin coat of copper grease on the contacts and till date never had a switch failure caused by corrosion. And as expected the light switch didn’t reveal any horrors, some very mild oxidation on the contacts that was pretty easy to remove;

Compared to the light-switch, the fog-light-switch was in a rather sorry state. Probably caused by the fact that it hasn’t been used since the car left the dealership on the 6th of June 1980, with no fog lights fitted;

But even this switch came up pretty well after a good clean with a copper-wire-brush on the trusty little Dremel tool;

Last switch to get a makeover was the hazard light switch, which didn’t reveal any horrors, just some mild corrosion and a bit of dirt. And to finish a good nights work I cleaned the clear plastic light bar, filled in the letters with fresh white paint and assembled the whole lot, making sure the light bar was properly blacked-out;

But probably most important news on the cars progress at the moment is that painting of the outside will start this Wednesday!

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