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vacuum headlamp switch panel mounting.

PostPost by: bloodknock » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:50 pm

Hi
can anyone tell me how the vacuum headlamp switch is fitted into the dash? The switch has a standard switch mounting thread and nut, but the hole in the dash is too large :?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:29 pm

This is a photo of a switch mounted on the dash, you need a "dished cup" mount, like the choke cable:

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PostPost by: bloodknock » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:03 am

Thanks Phil
Got the choke cable dished cup but cant find one for the head light switch. Do you know if they can still be obtained?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:38 am

I think that is one of the hens teeth items on an Elan. I don't know whether they've been remanufactured with the choke and heater cable fittings that are available now but if they have I suspect you'd have to buy an entire fitting just to get the cup arrangement.

I'd suggest you put up a a wanted advert here hopefully someone will have one lying about.
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PostPost by: Nickm » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:02 am

The cups are available from Kelsport or SJ Sports I believe (i cant remember which)
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:34 pm

Nick,
youre right! available from Kelvedon at ?45.00 a pop.
I think i'll have a more intensive root through my old parts boxes!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:38 pm

bloodknock wrote:Nick,
youre right! available from Kelvedon at ?45.00 a pop.


**** ME!! That's crazy!!
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:12 pm

Dont worry Phil, my fingernails are bleeding from scratching around my loot to find the originals! I never throw anything away so theyve gotta be there somewhere. Its just a long time since I stashed them....seventies1
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:02 pm

Consider converting an aluminium can that was used to supply 35mm film for cameras
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:59 pm

Phil, looks like you went the Corvette switch route, too. :D
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:39 pm

Eureka! found it, complete. Unlisted in my comprehensive detailed, highly accurate, infallible :oops: part catalogue!
Been through the whole darn parts store, parts i havnt seen for decades emerged into the cold light of day .... parts catalogue updated!
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:05 pm

Now find the similar thingy for the winscreen washer wipers :lol:
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:12 pm

Greg
Is that the Roswell where you guys found an alien craft and used their technology?
Just to correct the conspiracy theorists, Its alien insofar as its British, the outer shell is fiberglass, this is the technology combined with an X file, er, sorry, X frame chassis, and a twin cam, cross flow, hemispherical combustion chamber head, that provides star ship acceleration and manouverabilty that defies Newtons first law.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:20 pm

Bob, no, that's Roswell, New Mexico. I'm in Roswell, Georiga, about 1,300 miles to the east.
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:30 am

Sorry Greg
warped British sense of humour, I realized it was not The Roswell but couldnt resist a pop at the place name! :mrgreen:
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