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Wiper switch authenticity

PostPost by: 661 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:44 pm

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I need a knob and chrome surround for my build and the rest of the switch gear / pump is superfluous.
As you can see, I have a variable speed controller and a 2 speed controller.
I wondered which was more desirable/rare and therefore which would be less of a loss if I were to break them up?
Additionally, how is the knob held on? It looks like a steel pin has been knocked in. I can't see any sign of an Allen key/slotted/posidrive grub screw.
I haven't entirely discounted getting a newly produced knob but that still leaves me with the problem of finding the chrome bezel.

Edit: Ah, spring loaded slot, I have the knob off...
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:02 pm

Hi Graeme

Looks to me like a spring loaded pin keeps it in place. All you need to do is pish the pin inwards while gently wiggling the knob and it should slide off. Same as the +2 pull and twist lighting switch.

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PostPost by: 661 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:17 pm

Additionally, does the bezel look correct for the S2 Elan ?

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:04 pm

The S2 should have a variable speed switch/pump as per these pics.
Your chrome bezzels are not correct as it should not have those "flutes" on the inner part, it should be plain.
Those fluted bezzels were on some other Fords of the era.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:15 pm

661 wrote:Additionally, does the bezel look correct for the S2 Elan ?


looks like a Cortina mk1 to me ... Elan would not have the indentations
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PostPost by: 661 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:41 pm

Thank you all.
That clears that up.
I have a spare bezel kicking around and will use that.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:16 pm

They are both rare are they not, so don't beak one up.

Surely you have to use whichever one matches the wiper motor?
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:48 pm

Thanks Bill PM sent
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