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Techical Discussions => General Tech => Topic started by: Andy on December 30, 2009, 05:05:34 PM

Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: Andy on December 30, 2009, 05:05:34 PM
I'm trying to restore the instrument panel on my 64 300. Looked fairly easy and came apart easy enough. Now I can't figure out how to get the headlight switch out. I've got the knob and stem out, but the "nut" holding the switch in is recessed into the bezel and has 2 holes in it, so it can be turned(?), and I haven't been able to get it off. I'm trying to be delicate with it so I don't damage it. Any suggestions other than buying a specialized tool? Second is the cigarette lighter. If I remember correctly the housing behind the dash just screwed off. This one seems to be stuck after 45 years and before I try turning it with a tool I just want to make sure I don't damage it.
 
The instruments are in much better shape than I remember. Gauges and speedometer are still clean and numbers/lettering are still crisp. The lenses are not scratched or clouded but are dirty. Indicator needles are a bit faded but I think some Testors Model Paint will match and fit the bill, AND if I screw it up beyond repair, I havea second one! :)
Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: firedome on January 01, 2010, 06:51:49 AM
I beleive you'll need to get or make something to go into those 2 holes
to turn that nut -- I made something for a similar nut on a boat, with
a 12" strip of wood and put 2 brads through it, worked well enough to
do the job.

Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: Steve on January 01, 2010, 10:23:58 AM
Try a pair of fine nosed needle nose
Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: Stitcherbob on January 01, 2010, 10:45:02 AM
You need one of these

http://www.skoobyzzstuff.com/dash-nut-tool.html (http://www.skoobyzzstuff.com/dash-nut-tool.html)







Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: Alan on January 01, 2010, 03:22:40 PM
I believe the correct name for the tool is  spanner wrench. Used to use them when I was working in a machine shop.
Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: Andy on January 01, 2010, 04:22:18 PM
Yeah,  that's exactly what I did. After I posted my message I went back and was looking at the switch and made the tool I needed. Had a piece of scrap plywood about 3/4 thick and 8 inches long. Ran a couple 2 inch deck screws I had  laying around through it and turned the piece out with no problem.
 
Thanks to all for the help.
 
Title: Headlight switch removal
Post by: firedome on January 02, 2010, 05:06:39 AM
That's why we're here!