Relocating Dashboard Switches & Control Knobs
During the past few months, I have had some further thoughts about supplementary switches and warning & tell-tale lights.
In addition to the “factory-fitted” rotary light switch and two stalk switches on the steering column, I am likely to need supplementary switches for the following functions:
· Heated rear window (on/off switch)
· Hand-operated brake lights (momentary switch)
· Auxiliary reversing lights (on/off switch)
· Rear fog lights (on/off switch)
· Front fog lights (on/off switch)
· Auxiliary driving lights (on/off switch)
· Day-time running lights (on/off switch)
· Kenlowe radiator cooling fan (on/off switch)
· Auxiliary air horns (changeover switch)
The steering-column nacelle will readily accommodate four, five or even six supplementary paddle switches, but it’s unlikely that one could fit as many as nine in easily accessible positions.
One option I have been considering, is the use of two separate late-model Triumph Dolomite pattern, rear fog-lamp switches (same switch-knob shape as the late-model Triumph Dolomite pattern hazard-warning light switch) above and below the Lucas 6WL, 60 mm diameter, 8-segment warning-light cluster, that I intend to fit on the left-hand side of the instrument panel, immediately to the right of the heater-control levers.
This warning-light cluster will be associated with various driving-light functions, so locating front & rear fog-light switches with integral tell-tale lights, above and below this, would serve to concentrate all driving-light functions in the same place, providing two additional tell-tale lights whilst also conveniently locating two vital but hopefully seldom-used switches.
Maintaining my usual conventions, the fog-lamp switches would be positioned as follows:
warning-light cluster – front
fog-lamp switch, with light-beam emblem facing to the right
warning-light cluster – rear
fog-lamp switch, with light-beam emblem facing to the left
I presently possess one late-model Triumph Dolomite pattern, rear fog-lamp switch (marked JL 155 SA
and 33926 B 780
), but I need another to make this possible!
1979 and/or 1980 Triumph Dolomite Rear Fog-Lamp Switch (TKC5067) with Integral Tell-Tale Light
Nigel A. Skeet
Independent tutor of mathematics, physics, technology & engineering, for secondary, tertiary, further & higher education.
Upgraded 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300 (Toledo / Dolomite HL / Sprint hybrid)
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