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Broken rear defrost switch - replacement?
#1
Hi guys,

could I take a convertible top switch as a replacement for my broken rear defrost switch? It looks quite the same...

http://www.ohiomustang.com/store/order_p...temid=3141

Cheers,

Tim

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#2
Tim,

The convertible top switch handle can be swapped into the rear window defrost switch. Check this thread:
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1971-...th-defrost
I have an exploded view of the disassembled switch around page 3 or 4 of that thread. Once you have the switches apart, you can swap the handles. These things break with great regularity. I have replaced mine once.

Steve
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code C6 Auto
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code 4 Speed
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#3
Hi Steve,

that's great to hear, thank you very much for the thread. Sounds like an easy swap - did you heard of the result of jb73Machs attempt?

But once I will install that I have to be very careful with my feet it seems - mine was broken already as I bought the car...

Cheers,

Tim

@Steve:

Nice car you have, love the blue - I have a 4 speed and a Q-code basically too, but I have 1970 closed chamber heads on it with a Offenhauser and a 1970 carb. Will give him sometime his original gold glow color back...

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#4
Mine still has the original switch still intact,but I have a spare just in case..
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#5
When my top switch handle broke off ten years ago, I disassembled the switch and replaced the short metal peg with a section of an arc welding rod. Then I carefully drilled the black handle to allow a deep pocket for cementing. It works great and I have hit it several times without issue.
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#6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSIcK-zfm...e=youtu.be

The convertible top switch knob can be switched out for the broken knob on the defroster switch. The video gives a step by step.

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96 F150
2014 F150
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#7
@jb:

P E R F E C T - thank you SmileSmileSmile

@3k73:

Nice - would you sell it?

@ judge:

sounds like a knee-breaker - good idea if I will break my new converted switch immediately... Big Grin

Cheers

Tim

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#8
Tim,

Glad it helped. It was fun making the video and passing the information on to other owners.

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73 Mach 1
86 F150
96 F150
2014 F150
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#9
timachone;163487 Wrote:@jb:

P E R F E C T - thank you SmileSmileSmile

@3k73:

Nice - would you sell it?

@ judge:

sounds like a knee-breaker - good idea if I will break my new converted switch immediately... Big Grin

Cheers

Tim

I THINK I'D PREFER TO KEEP IT JUST IN CASE ...HAVING THE CAR 4 38 YEARS AND NOT BREAKING IT MUST B A RECORD..LOL
3K73
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#10
@JB:

That's a honestly attitude, thank you for sharing it with us, love that!

@3k73:

No problem - hearing the stories from the other guys must tell you to keep always one in reserve Big Grin

I will go with the conversion idea - that will make fun Smile

Tim

Tim

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