So I found some SVO switches on Craigslist with a hacked up harness for a decent price so I can re-purpose them in my Capri. I have 4 total - One works as it should, one does nothing and the other 2 power my stuff but the lights don't work...so I had to tinker...
I know it's "just a switch" but it's awesome to see how this particular one works...lol
The base of the switch is made of 2 halves held together with clips and covered with a trim plate...
Here's my good switch - cleaned, re-labeled and ready to go:
You can see the trim plate folded over - top and bottom:
This shows the 2 bottom clips (there are 4 total - 2 top, 2 bottom):
The clips just pop off using a small screwdriver - hold on to them as they will fly off:
The 2 halves together with 1 clip in the frame:
Here is the actual "switch" itself - pretty cool...This would be in the "ON" position...the bar just "see-saws" the switch on and off making contact with the nub on the right...see next 2 pics for better reference...This switch is super tight and clicks REALLY nice! lol (Left to right - Ground, power out, power in)
Here is the switch in the body...in the "OFF" position:
Here is the actual "rocker" part of the switch...it's got a spring loaded rod in the middle that helps give a nice "CLICK" on and off:
The switch that did nothing actually works...but the rod is broken not allowing it to function properly...it's loose and sloppy:
Here's a busted light:
And the sloppy switch mechanicals - I was able bend the tabs to keep the "see-saw" in place - along with a good rocker this switch works good now:
I'm hoping to be able to just soldier on new lights for the one's that don't work and I'll try to figure out a new rod for the one rocker in hopes of having 4 good switches. Pretty interesting I though...hopefully it's helpful for someone else. Enjoy!
Small update...my new LED's came early! Whoo-Hoo. I originally got some from Radio Shack but realized after I got them home they were only good for like 3.6V. There is no room for an external resistor so I had to find some with the resistor built in. A bit of a pain but I finally found some...
After some marking, cutting and gentle persuasion I got them in place and soldiered on...I have tested them as well and they work awesome (no pics yet)
Still have the other 2 to do...even though they work I figure since they are out why not replace 26 y/o bulbs! Hope to finish this whole project soon...
In an effort to preserve the history of the Early Fox Era, FEP covers the following vehicles: 79-86 Mustang and Capri, 84-86 Mustang SVO, 78-83 Fairmont & Zephyr, 83-86 LTD & Marquis, 80-88 Thunderbird & Cougar, 82-87 Continental, 84-92 Mark VII, 81-82 Granada.