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Mystery switch?

PostPost by: dcmarsh » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:06 pm

I’m wondering what this switch to the right of the clock adjustment knob was originally for! I repurposed it 40 years ago and now that I’m trying to restore the car back to original, I’m trying to figure out what it originally did. I don’t see it referenced in the manual or on the wiring diagram.
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PostPost by: geni » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:33 am

concerne t'il l'antenne électrique pour l' autoradio !
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PostPost by: NedK » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:32 pm

Any clues from the wires attached to it? Maybe a manual switch for the map light (to stop it flicking on and off?).
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PostPost by: gus » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:39 pm

Didn't late cars have fog/driving light switches in that valence?
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PostPost by: dcmarsh » Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:12 pm

The map light has an integral switch so it turns on when you swivel it out. Don’t think Colin would have allowed the weight of a second switch for the same light. Grin.

The fog and spot lamp switches are under the steering wheel and match the manual

Agree if I could follow the wires that would help. But my younger idiot self decided to repurpose it to control the lights when the light switch broke and I was too cheap to buy a replacement and whatever it did I must not have missed!

Interesting idea on the electric antennae for the radio. The antennae it has isn’t that type, but I also think it may have been replaced by the previous owner. But per that suggestion I checked the boot and don’t see any wires for it. Merci pour l'idée,
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PostPost by: NedK » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:57 pm

The +2S could be subtitled "Just add lightbulbs". The thing is covered in them...
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:47 pm

I'm inclined to think that it was something that a previous owner installed.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:53 pm

The Veg wrote:I'm inclined to think that it was something that a previous owner installed.

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PostPost by: geni » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:13 pm

non je ne pense pas car j'ai eu identique sur mon ancienne S130 (vendu)
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PostPost by: dcmarsh » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:31 pm

Translates geni’s comment. “ no I don't think so because I had identical on my old S130 (sold)”

So this makes me think it was from the factory, but only on a few cars and not documented in the manuals.

Has anyone else seen this switch?
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