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Old 03-25-2007, 07:06 PM
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40 Ford dash

Actually it's a 47 ford pickup.. I cant see how to get the light switch and the instrument cluster out. Any helpful hints?.. Thanks..

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Old 03-25-2007, 07:10 PM
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I am not sure that far back but......


Most ford light switches have a "spring loaded button" somewhere on the switch (behind the dash panel) that you need to push in before the knob and rod will slide out. Then there is a eustachian that is screwed on the front that actually holds the switch in.

Unless somone else knows for sure, I would reach under there and feel around for the "button".
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tried that.. Dont see one. A restorer said there was a leaf spring there, but he works on older stuff, A's and T's.
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I wish I knew something else to try. All the ones I ever messed with were that way. Then again...my 56 is a lot newer.

Hopefully, somone else knows....
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The problem is that the 47 is neither fish nor fowl. Some of it is like a 40 Ford, and some of it is pretty weird. It would be nice to know if the 6 volt instruments will work on 12 volts, so i will know if they are worth saving.. It's real tight up under there, i am working through the cowl vent hole for the most part.
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6V will work on 12V, but you need some sort of electrical gadget in line with them to convert to 12V. I think the 6V is positive ground as well.

Do a little searching on here (or contact docvette). I know a lot of the older (pre 56) ford truck guys do it. 56 ford trucks are 12V.
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I think you will find 2 studs on each side of the instrument panel with nuts on them. Remove these and the panel should drop out from the back side.
The light switch may have been replaced with a more modern universal switch with a screw on knob. Unscrew the knob, remove the trim nut and pill the swicth out from the back. The original switches have removeable knob/shaft assemblies which are released by depressing a button the bottom of the switch body up close to the dash face.
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thanks... I think the switch is original, it has screw terminals, and the truck sat since 1967... Too bad it wasn't indoors.. sigh..
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Ok, For future reference.. The dash cluster is held in with four nuts, top and bottom... The light switch is still a mystery, i loosened the bezel, and still can't see a button... but forget it... It's out of there as soon as i plug in the cuttoff saw. .. Thanks to all..
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