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 Posted: 09-19-2006 09:32 pm
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John Kimbrough
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A couple of nights ago, following a nice dinner out with my wife, Mimi, we returned to my JH for the ride home in the dark.  After buckling in and starting the engine I reached to turn on the headlight switch and it just flopped up and down instead of crisply snapping the lights on.  Feeling around under the dash, I discovered that the switch had come completely apart in back.  I got a headband light out of the boot and searched for the switch parts on the floor but only found the contact slide, not the spring or whatever else is needed to hold the contacts in place.  Finally giving up on the switch repair (I was trying to impress Mimi), I unplugged the wiring from the back of the switch and jumpered the socket with an aligator clamp equipped piece of wire.  The lights worked and we drove home.

Now, I have a headlight switch to either repair or replace.  If anyone knows what the internals of the switch look like and can describe/draw them for me, I will try to repair the switch I have.  If not, I would appreciate suggestions on how to get a replacement switch.  Will the MGB or TR6 headlight switches from the same year work??  They look the same in the catalogs. 

Thanks. John.

   

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 Posted: 09-19-2006 10:46 pm
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Jensen Healey
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Believe it or not, Ace hardware carries a switch that fits and is a fine replacement until you can find a JH switch.

Kurt

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 Posted: 09-20-2006 12:12 am
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I would try Delta, Ebay or British Masters in CA (high shipping cost though with the later). There is a fan switch curently on Ebay, see link below. It's a two pole switch like the Light switch so it could work. You could take the switches apart and swap over the toggle/rocking part, as I'm sure you don't want two fan switches. Check to see if they're the same size, I would imagine they are.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JENSEN-HEALEY-FAN-BLOWER-SWITCH-NOS-LUCAS-RARE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6763QQihZ001QQitemZ110035097135QQrdZ1

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 Posted: 09-20-2006 09:38 pm
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I have purchsed a headlight, hazard, and fan switches from Delta. They work and fit fine. No problem.

Jim

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 Posted: 05-22-2009 09:33 pm
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Dr. E. Lopez
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Kurt: How do I look for it at ACE? what do i ask for? Thanks. Also do you know the address/phone of DELTA?

Henry

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To find Delta Motorsports click 'tech' on this page, and then 'parts'. Scroll down to Delta.

It's been several years since that post. Try Ace 3135472 for an on/off switch or see what else they have in stock. It will be labeled "Automotive and Marine".

Kurt 

 

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 Posted: 09-28-2010 04:40 am
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Have a look at this!!! The connectors are different but everything else appears to be the same  http://www.minimania.com/web/Item/13H6342/InvDetail.cfm  Hope this helps

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 Posted: 09-28-2010 02:00 pm
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Brett Gibson JH5 20497
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John, if you have the parts from the switch it is very simple to put it back toghether, there were two styles of switch's early ones had a spring against the brass contact plate, later ones have a spring loaded plastic piston, there is no real rocket science to them but once they start coming apart it's best to clean the contact surface's, put a bit of dielectic grease in it then snap it back together using a bit of glue to keep it that way. If you need more info let me know.

Brett

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