Essex light/ignition switch

JackInnesJackInnes Member
in Parts & Pieces Posts: 22

Hello,  Has anyone reproduced the switch levers found on the Auto-Lite  #XA361 switch used on 27 & 28 Essex cars?  I need a pair of levers or a complete switch.

Thank you for any leads,

Jack

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  • hudsonjet54hudsonjet54 Member
    edited July 2017 Posts: 20
    Keep looking on web ... took me a very long time to find some...
    Jason
  • ernie28ernie28 Expert Adviser
    Posts: 467

    Alistair Howard,

    http://het.org.nz/

    1928 Essex Coach 1950 Hudson Pacemaker

  • JackInnesJackInnes Member
    Posts: 22

    Thank you!    Great find,  the switch levers are now ordered, in stock & soon to be on the way.

    They are polished stainless steel so they will look like they are nickel plated but will be very strong.


    Jack Innes

    1927 Essex Speedabout,  1938 Terraplane Utility Coupe

  • HansHans Senior Contributor
    Posts: 35
    The spring loading of the contacts and movable  contacts within the switch can be rather strong for the original  handles.  I have unbent the tabs holding the rear cover and re bent them so the backing if farther away from front body. I think this has helped to preserve my original handles as there is less torque required to operate switch. 
  • JackInnesJackInnes Member
    Posts: 22

    Thank you for the heads up on the spring pressure.  My switch has one good (almost)  handle & the other has bloated up & seized in the body of the switch.  The lever is broken off from someone trying to turn it.   Die cast metal does not do well in our Canadian climate possibly due to humidity & great temperature extremes.

    Jack Innes

    1927 Essex Speedabout,  1938 Terraplane Utility Coupe

  • JackInnesJackInnes Member
    Posts: 22

    The new levers arrived from Au.  & they are very good.    A tiny bit smaller due to shrinkage in the castings & a slight bit of fitting needed to fit the smaller drive lug but not a problem.     Being polished cast stainless steel they should be very strong & they look like they are nickel plated.   

    The spring pressure seemed about right -  my springs may have lost a little tension over 90 years.

    Jack 

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  • CKFCKF Member
    Posts: 1
    Howdy, I have a 1927 Essex Boattail I am restoring. I purchased the repro paddle switch knobs from Australia, they look great! but I need the switches. Any leads? Out of desperation I bought a 1924 Dodge paddle switch and tried to use the guts but it's just not exactly the right size. Very close though.
  • oldengineoldengine Member
    Posts: 1
    Contact me. coleng@xtra.co.nz
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