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    Default Exploded View - SVO Console Switches - PICS!

    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 I had to tinker...

    I know it's "just a switch" but it's awesome to see how this particular one

    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 the "OFF" position:


    Here is the actual "rocker" part of the'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'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!

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    Small 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...

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    FEP Power Member Saturn V's Avatar
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    These are cool posts ... thanks for the explanation and great pics! Are you just testing here? I hope you post in the Electrical forum later.
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    Mike, great write-up!!!! Curious though, what did you use for the relabeling and what was the source and part number for the LED's??
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    Also quite interested in the source of the LED's. Nice work. Small projects like this add up to a car with a level of detail that is impressive.
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    You sir are a rock star! Love the detail and pictures! Good job!
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