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Looking for ideas on 'retro' switch/indicator lights
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The Gearvendors overdrive includes a toggle switch and small red/green indicator lights. I finally decided to install them on my shift selector cover to the right of the selector itself. I figured they were for the transmission, so it made sense and my cover is aftermarket so I wasn't drilling holes into an original piece.

Overall I like them there but I don't like the look. They look too modern. So I am looking for some ideas on options. I poked around the web a little. Slider switches in cars seemed pretty popular. Or a switch similar to a power window type switch might be a good choice. (It's just a simple on/off switch)


And I was thinking for indicator something more similar to the park indicator in this picture:

[Image: 1973_00045_04.jpg]

Maybe get them to say 'auto' and 'manual' or something like that.

So any suggestions are welcome.

Later today I will post up a picture of what it looks like now.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#2
While I don't have the particulars - a good friend built a Sunbeam Alpine race car and used factory Roots switches but renamed them using architectual lettering available at any architectual supply so. He just had them match the fonts and it looked very much period correct.

You might look at switches offered for Ford trucks - including up to the big 9000 series. They had many switch requirements and they should look very 'period correct'. If you have a truck salvage close by - could be worth a visit - just for ideas.

If you don't use the ashtray in that 'consolette', could you put something stealthy in there? I would be concerned about the wires sliding and pulling as you opened it to use... Or maybe hide small switches on the firewall edge of that piece?

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#3
Let us know what you come up with. I'm looking for a switch solution to replace the Defroster switch bezel that will control some driving lights I plan on adding (I actually have a spare "Lights" bezel, as well). I plan on re-using the stock LED [from the defroster circuit] as well.

Eric

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1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#5
Actually, I am considering putting the switch in the console ash tray. It's not like I will be using it all of the time. here is a bad picture of what I have now:

[Image: P1020096_zpsa481d2e8.jpg]

The switch and lights just don't look right. And maybe I will decide in the long run I don't need the indicator lights. But I am looking for any creative ideas you guys have.

found this idea. Certainly looks the part. The benzel has the wrong words but I like the idea.

[Image: etruckswitch.jpg]

This style would probably work. These are not on/off but the look is 'correct'

[Image: 1000231_(6)-1028.jpg]

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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will e;165740 Wrote:Actually, I am considering putting the switch in the console ash tray. It's not like I will be using it all of the time. here is a bad picture of what I have now:

will e,
I put mine in the console ashtray. Just made a mounting plate for it and it's hidden when I close the cover.
-jbojo


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-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#7
How do you like it? how often do you use the switch? How much do you need to 'see' the indicator lights?

I only have 12 miles on my GV so I don't know yet what kind of input I need. Wink

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#8
will e;165748 Wrote:How do you like it? how often do you use the switch? How much do you need to 'see' the indicator lights?

I only have 12 miles on my GV so I don't know yet what kind of input I need. Wink

My car is not on the road yet. I plan to keep it in auto mode most of the time so I won't have to see the indicators at all. If how I understand auto works it will drive like a 4 speed tranny.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#9
My short test drive included an 'auto mode' trial. In my tests, getting on it a little, it would switch into OD with the car still in second gear.

So first gear, second gear, second over and then third over. I was very satisfactory and smooth. It shifted out of OD as I hit around 20 mph. In auto mode the indicator lights are red if it is not engauged, green if it is.

I believe I am really going to like this upgrade. I am having some fun trying to decide if I hide the switch or come up with with something totally retro. If I keep it on the shift indicator then I am not harming any original parts. I now have another 'mission' when looking at swap meet stuff.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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will e;165755 Wrote:So first gear, second gear, second over and then third over. I was very satisfactory and smooth. It shifted out of OD as I hit around 20 mph. In auto mode the indicator lights are red if it is not engauged, green if it is.

Correct me if I am wrong here:
The switch puts you in Manual or Auto mode. When the switch shows red and the red indicator is on you are in auto. The green light indicates when the GV is in overdrive.

If the switch is off, the red indicator is off, the GV is in manual and shifting to OD is done by the foot switch. Does the green light come on when the GV is in OD in manual mode?

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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