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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by nunattax, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. nunattax
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    im not far from wiring my project 38 truck.doing the small jobs that wont get done when its running.ill be using the foot dimmer switch under the floor.the switch seems very exposed to the elements so ill be making a cover to protect the switch and wiring.question is was a cover fitted from new and if so what does it look like.pic shows my first attempt.ill be getting improve the shape the next time
     
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  2. 45_70Sharps
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    I've had many many a right with the factory dimmer on the floor (where it belongs) and I've never seen a cover and they usually last a long time.
    Just make sure you don't trap water (condensation) in there and make it worse than being exposed.

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  3. nunattax
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    thanx for the advice .pic wont upload probably get six when it uploads.i wont seal it completely any condensation should drain out near the Apillar
     
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  4. 302GMC
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    None fitted new, switches would outlast the rest of the truck.
     
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  5. squirrel
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    There are far more important things to worry about....
     
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  6. nunattax
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    not worrying wondering.
     
  7. 45_70Sharps
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    If you really want to take the extra (unnecessary) step to seal it up, you could make a permatex blue cocoon around it.
    I get it that being somewhere that is probably very wet and has plenty of salty corrosion you want to be sure, but I lived along the coast most of my life and the dimmer switch is about 1000 times as durable as any modern car electronics.

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  8. squirrel
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    Some time around 1960, Chevy started putting the dimmer switch inside the car. It really wasn't that much of a problem, before then.

    One thing I've done to clean up the firewall/floor and move the switch inside, is to use a switch from the 60s in an older car or truck.
     
  9. nunattax
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    pity I cant upload a pic at the moment.what ive made is a splash panel,not sealing it up keeping the worst of the weather away from it cant do any harm.
     
  10. I mounted mine on the inside , screwed to the floor with the wires coming down the firewall to the switch. Completely inside the car. This pic. is on my 29 roadster and you can see not much room, you should have plenty of room on the 38 though . The kick panel is loose in this pic, I actually had about 2- 3 inches between the panel and the switch.. air cleaners &  brake pedal 008.jpg
     
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    that will work.ive two switches so I wont be buying another,i bought a stock replacement and then a painless one so ive got a spare..whats the throttle pedal bud
     
  12. trollst
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    Move the switch off the floor, mount it under the dash on the left by the kick panel, it's invisible and hand operated, it's what I do.
     
  13. nunattax
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    panel dimmer panel 2 001.JPG dimmer panel 2 002.JPG
    im going to do the same for the passenger side,no wiring there but it will keep dirt out of the hollow section.when the floor goes back down these areas will be forgotten about.
     

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  14. good looking panel but if your driving in weather [tornados?] that you think could effect that spot you have more problems to worry about. when the trucks together it would be hard to spray that with a garden hose.
    i like the look of it.
     
  15. nunattax
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    well I don't think ill be out in tornados but hitting a puddle at 60mph would have water flying in all directions underneath
     
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  16. nunattax
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    prevention is better than cure in my book
     
  17. squirrel
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    you'd love my Chevy II....no inner fenders, the wiring is all on the firewall, the voltage regulator is right in line with the driver side front tire. Been driven in rain a lot, and strangely it all still works fine.
     
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  18. 45_70Sharps
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    It doesn't make sense to me to take a very reliable switch that was designed to effortlessly operate with your foot and move it up to the dash to use by hand.
    It was designed so you could use it hands free while coming around a corner in the rain with oncoming traffic and never miss a beat.
    Those things are not bothered by a bit of weather.
    Old brach trucks would dissolve from rust and if you replaced one of those switches during the life of the truck, that was the exception.

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  19. nunattax
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    ive just had a look at the 10 weather forecast for siera vista az.not a drop of rain in sight for the next ten days.sunny,sunny mostly sunny.ive established that the switch is a reliable unit and that your chevy doesnt see much rain either
     
  20. squirrel
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    Check the rain records for the midwest US when I drove from AZ to WI in September 2015 :)

    Nothing like being on the coast up north, though!
     
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    passenger side second panel 002.JPG
     
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