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How about a tutorial on reassembling the switches. Did you make a tool to hold the springs and detents in place? Any pics of it?

I've done about 20 of them using feeler gauges with a small hole to hold the detents but I'm always interested in seeing how someone else did it.
Why are you taking them apart? They broke and need fixing?

No need to take them apart at all for refinishing.
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Robbie, This has nothing to do with re-finishing. On some of them its necessary to change the internal circuit to achieve the desired results for another use. For example the front lift kit needs a different switch action. I know you've done a label for John on a couple of my modified switches.

I've actually switched parts on them to achieve what I wanted the switch to do since none of them are momentary ON-OFF-momentary ON

I'm just interested in how others handled the reassembly. I might learn something.

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Robbie, This has nothing to do with re-finishing. On some of them its necessary to change the internal circuit to achieve the desired results for another use. For example the front lift kit needs a different switch action. I know you've done a label for John on a couple of my modified switches.

I've actually switched parts on them to achieve what I wanted the switch to do since none of them are momentary ON-OFF-momentary ON

I'm just interested in how others handled the reassembly. I might learn something.
Very cool!!! I have had customer ask me several times about changing the functions of switches and doing the one off decals.
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Robbie, This has nothing to do with re-finishing. On some of them its necessary to change the internal circuit to achieve the desired results for another use. For example the front lift kit needs a different switch action. I know you've done a label for John on a couple of my modified switches.

I've actually switched parts on them to achieve what I wanted the switch to do since none of them are momentary ON-OFF-momentary ON

I'm just interested in how others handled the reassembly. I might learn something.


Here is a tool I made from spring stainless strap, works insanely well
I change switch function also but I do it by countersink not nubs
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Thanks, That's very similar to what I've done but I like your idea of the tool being one piece, I used two pieces of shim stock.

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Thanks, That's very similar to what I've done but I like your idea of the tool being one piece, I used two pieces of shim stock.
Very welcome, Yes much easier to control and more ridged then feeler gauges. Literally takes seconds to do.
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Why are you taking them apart? They broke and need fixing?

No need to take them apart at all for refinishing.
I've not decided if I will continue to disassemble switches for refinishing. I do believe that refinishing is better done with bare components than assemblies - I would not paint a car assembled.

However, due to old plastic, it is a risk. I'll be making that call soon.

Need is a relative term.
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Thanks, That's very similar to what I've done but I like your idea of the tool being one piece, I used two pieces of shim stock.
Tim beat me to it
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However, due to old plastic, it is a risk. I'll be making that call soon.
Good luck too you !!!!!

My old kielbasa fingers tend to break old brittle plastic things
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Refinished mine without taking them apart because I was too scared. it was a bitch to do and took many hours but I would take them apart if had to do it over.
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Ive done them mostly by taking them apart but its not worth the problems you will run into. Much easier to leave them together. You will lose the odd spring or brake one and I have tried to source them but there is no way. Some of the 355s have a dummy switch and it has a spring if you damage or lose one. Audi makes the same switch but it is flat(no toggle) has no spring and would not look good on our cars. Why Ferrari chose to go this route is beyond me.

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It's really a question of attention to detail and risk mitigation. I've seen ones done that are not very clean looking around the icon.

For me, sourcing the springs would be easy - I could even have them made locally (I've many springs made throught my career.
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What more can one say. Those are simply awesome and the best I have ever seen.
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What more can one say. Those are simply awesome and the best I have ever seen.
Thank you, Frank. Much appreciated.
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