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Switch position for Electric Aerial and Heated Rear Screen?

PostPost by: l10tus » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:41 pm

I have acquired an 'Automatic' electric aerial, to replace the one that previously filled the hole in the rear n.s. Wing.

It is operated manually by a rather large, on-off-on, momentary rocker switch ('Automatic' ?)

Where exactly was the switch normal mounted ?

I would like to keep it mounted as ' discretely' as possible, but accessible, without drilling holes in the visible dash, or in the way of my knees ?

Also, I'm going to have the same problem with the Heated Rear Screen switch, when using the Hardtop - where does that normally get positioned ?

Any photo's or suggestions of installation positions would be greatly received !

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PostPost by: oldchieft » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:42 pm

Back in the day when the Automatic arial was the thing, car radios had a feed that came live when switched on and the arial would come up.

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PostPost by: l10tus » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:54 am

Jon,

Thanks for the reply.

I too thought this would be the case, but there are only 2 wires coming from the Aerial ( green and red).

In the box with the Aerial was a on-off-on rocker switch.

Seems the only way to get it to work was using the switch, which is rather cumbersome !

The only automatic part about the Aerial is it can't be over extended or closed, there's merely a ratchet the operates at both extremities of operation, thus protecting it from over extension/closure.

Seems I'm stuck with the switch - so wonder if anyone else has overcome the positioning issue?
Also, where to position the Heated Rea screen switch for Hardtop use?
Any one else??

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:46 am

This thread shows the position of the demister switch in my Sprint, it was factory/dealer fitted when new.
lotus-electrical-f38/elan-fhc-rear-screen-mister-switch-and-warning-light-t27623.html#p185161
I have an electric aerial in my S3 with a similar latching push button switch in the same position as the Sprints demister switch.
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Added a pic of my S3 aerial switch (latching)
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PostPost by: l10tus » Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:32 pm

Brian,

Thanks for the photo's.

I was thinking of somewhere like that to position the switches.

Many thanks,

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