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Old 12-27-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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Switches....

Hey guys! So my Thomas bus uses these big switches mounted left of the driver. Most of them are either wrongly labeled require wiggling to make them work, or just don't work at all. I would love to keep the original style of the bus and use comparable switches, but then I saw they are around twenty dollars each, with pre printed labels...

So what are you guys doing for switches? Marine panels aren't exactly cheap either... Staying with that style is less important than the price tag I have seen thus far...
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:37 PM   #2
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OEM switches like that aren't gonna be cheap, for sure.

For me, style isn't as important as functionality. Any circuits I add in will have a separate panel for switches, and they will have a consistent look. The automotive switches you can get at auto parts stores are pretty good quality and are a lot cheaper, even if you get the lighted variety.
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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I know someone that can laser etch switchboard panels.....
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Sweet..... with some good quality switches you could almost get the appearance of an OEM panel, and certainly a good looking one.
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Now that is hella cool looking....... bet the artwork took a good while to put together.
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Now that is hella cool looking....... bet the artwork took a good while to put together.
Nah, online artwork
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Oh.

But still hella cool looking.
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Are they Carling Contura switches?


Carling Contura rocker switches explained

They can be disassembled, cleaned, bulbs replaced, etc, and reassembled. Almost countless varieties. A few different style "actuators", they snap off. There's a special tool, but I have never used it, haven't had one break, yet.

I grab almost every one I see at the junkyard. Most are simple on/off style. Double throw are harder to find.

One of the cheapest sources I've seen is https://www.otrattw.net/
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These are very similar to the ones I have in my Thomas.... mine are grey and not black but otherwise identical.

It would be a big boon for me to be able to add factory-style switches to the existing panels as I have lots of empty switch spaces that could be utilized for added circuits.
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