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    Well, the thing has failed again. I had managed to repair the 50 year old switch at our restoration, alas, it has failed again. These switches are listed NLS everywhere I’ve looked. I’m hoping one of you has sorted out a replacement. A quick glance at NAPA shows about ten thousand door switches. It’s discouraging. This is after all a pretty simple single throw double pole push button switch. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.
    ‘70 TR-6

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    I couldn't fix mine during the restoration, but I did manage to find a single-pole NC passenger door switch. I rigged up a miniature relay on a small piece of circuit board to simulate the dual NC drivers switch. I covered it with heat shrink and just left it hanging behind the carpet.

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    Jim Herter ͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏ Copperas Cove, TX
    Original Owner ֍ 1970 TR6 ֎ CC 50990 LO
    VDU 506H

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    • #3
      I took mine apart and fixed it, so far so good. But I have seen people use two of the single pole next to each other as those are still available.
      72 Pimento w/overdrive

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      • #4
        Cheers, both great suggestions. Parts on order.
        Thanks again.
         
        ‘70 TR-6

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Neddie Seagoon View Post
          Well, the thing has failed again. I had managed to repair the 50 year old switch at our restoration, alas, it has failed again. These switches are listed NLS everywhere I’ve looked. I’m hoping one of you has sorted out a replacement. A quick glance at NAPA shows about ten thousand door switches. It’s discouraging. This is after all a pretty simple single throw double pole push button switch. Any suggestions?
          Thanks.
          I thought that Rimmer Bros had them but I may be remembering wrong

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          • Neddie Seagoon
            Neddie Seagoon commented
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            I looked at Rimmers. They show a photo of the correct switch, but if you go to the part call out on their diagram it shows different ones and if you specifically ask for a switch for the CC series cars it says NLS.
            Thanks for the suggestion.

        • #6
          I was a little bored the other day and drew up a diagram for the relay I installed. The operation of the passenger's switch is slightly different as it now turns on the key illumination lamp the same as the driver's switch. This doesn't bother me at all, actually, I think I like it better. I suppose if I had the key warning buzzer connected, I wouldn't like it.

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          R3
          Jim Herter ͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏ Copperas Cove, TX
          Original Owner ֍ 1970 TR6 ֎ CC 50990 LO
          VDU 506H

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          • #7
            Thanks Jim. Not quite how I was going to do it but gives me something to think about. The relay I have is double pole so I was going to connect the coil to the door switch and use the relay to make the 2 light connections.
            ‘70 TR-6

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            • #8
              That should work too. Pretty sure all I had on hand was the single-pole, or I might have done that as well. One thing I like about it and you could maybe do the same with the double pole, is that there is no alteration to the vehicle wiring.
              R3
              Jim Herter ͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏ Copperas Cove, TX
              Original Owner ֍ 1970 TR6 ֎ CC 50990 LO
              VDU 506H

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              • #9
                Success! The double pole relay did the trick and it’s all reversible should the proper switches ever become available again, or if I should ever find the time to re-repair the original. I used the door switch for a Spitfire, Moss 115-931, as it looks much more robust than the exposed spring arrangement on the TR-6 replacement. The hole spacing is correct so it fits nicely except the push arm is about 1/4” too short so I glued a felt chair leg pad onto the door to make the connection. We’ll see how long that lasts, I can always glue in something more robust later. But for now, it’s happy motoring with lights and all!
                Thanks for all the help and y’all have a wonderful fourth.
                ‘70 TR-6

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