I scored a real nice set of leather buckets at the junk yard today for my T-Bird. The switch is mounted in the door panel and Iím trying to figure out a way to mount them in my door panels and make it look nice. The problem is there are no mounting holes or anything to keep them in place. They just pretty much snapped in the original door panels. Does anyone have any ideas? Are there aftermarket switches for street rods out there?
11-28-2007 02:56 PM
What you need to do is take off your door panels and find a good place to mount the switch opposite of an opening in the door's sheet metal. Make sure that both doors have the same opening in the same place. Then you'll need to cut out an opening in the panel and the padding that looks like the curved part towards the middle of the switch plate WITHOUT cutting the fabric on the outside of the door panel. Go to the front side of the panel and cut a slit in the fabric in the middle of that opening. Then you need to drill at least two, and probably four holes in the panel from the back side, with corresponding holes in the switch plate, again without going through the fabric on the outside of the panel. From the outside, put small flat headed bolts under the padding and under the fabric through the panel using a dab of glue to hold the bolt heads in place. Then, after the glue on the bolts dries, from the back side of the door panel, pull the fabric through and glue it to the back side of the panel. You will need to make relief cuts in the fabric at the corners of the opening to make the fabric lay down smoothly. Then mount the switch plate on the bolts, put either capture nuts or nuts with washers and lock washers on the bolts and tighten them down to hold your switch plate in place. Does that make sense, or would you like some pictures?
11-28-2007 06:00 PM
Thanks DanTwoLakes, That does make sense and it is a very good idea that I will use. Can I drill through the switch plate without ruining it? The only thing I may do differently is instead of drilling holes through the switch plate, I will cut out a piece of 16 gauge sheet metal a little larger than the switch plate, drill the holes in that and sandwich the switch plate between the metal plate and the door panel. I am afraid that if I drill through the switch plate I may wreck it.
11-29-2007 07:56 AM
Not being able to see the switch plate in person, it looked like there was flat plastic at the outer edges that could be drilled through for mounting. If you can't drill through it, what you have in mind will work just fine. You could also use plastic instead of the sheet metal. Good luck.
11-30-2007 01:50 PM
Thanks again. That flat piece is actually a box about 1/2" or so high and houses the internals.
11-30-2007 08:37 PM
What about mounting it in the floor beside the seat or under the front of the seat?