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140 Overdrive Switch

140 Overdrive Switch

I have need of the measurements for the location of the overdrive switch in the dash. ( rather than just poking a hole somewhere) LHD. [STORY] My old dash delaminated and disintegrated, there were enough usable pieces to use for a template to make a new one ( meaning at least one layer was interpretable). I used Black Walnut - and now the dash matches in appearance the other wood pieces, I know this is not burled walnut, but I've selected the woods well, and for the most part you'd not know, also I've had enough of veneers - micro lumping. I also discretly reinforced the center section with an aluminum piece where the old dash had cracked at the trafficator. I cannot understand why there is a grab handle on a piece that is structurally unable to handle it. I am debating if to put it back or not. As for the overdrive switch, WELL I admit to it - I forgot to measure it! I put it all back in the car, and low and behold, the switch was dangling - reminding me of my stupidity. Whats worse is I have the cigarette lighter, but have lost the socket, too many project at one time. ( Deep Sigh). Original wiring is serviceable, but aging badly, sort of the way I feel. Lucas electrics require use to be useable. [SUMMARY] Word of advice for those considering dash replacement, buy it, don't build it. I could just as easily made 20 as one, jigs and all. Although I am proud of results... - Yours, John E. Currey

John, The hole is 3/4 in. diameter and is centered at a point 3 1/2 in. from the side and 2 1/8 in. from the bottom. - Jon Schrock, 57 XK140 FHC, 58 XK150 FHC

John, I see that you have already been given the o/d switch measurements but I can help you with the cigarette lighter socket. I have a spare which was fractured until I braised it yesterday. All you need to do is strip of chrome, sand and finish and re-chrome again. You will also have to make the small bracket which holds it in position. You are welcome to it if you cannot find yours. I can mail it as it's light - just give me your address. What's all this about a grab handle on the dash. There should not be one so I would certainly not put the offending one back if I were you ! - Regards, Peter Fielding, '55 140 DHC, '64 E Type

The offer for the lighter socket is much appreciated, and I will do a bit more digging first, it has to be here,, somewhere. > What's all this about a grab handle on the dash. There should not be one so I would certainly not put the offending one back if I were you ! < Thank you! Good timing. It never even occured to me that it wasn't original with "SMITHS" markings cast into it, especially since everything else is pretty much original. Time to look at some photos. I wonder what else I assumed was original but was not. Also time to write down a better change history than what I've been keeping. - John E. Currey

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