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    I am refinishing my dash and havint trouble removing the toggle switches. Help me with your experience.


  • #2
    Solved. Small vice grips.



    • #3
      I think the idea is to remove them for future re-use, NOT destroy them!

      You have to make a tool to fit the two small indentations in the chrome Switch nut to properly remove and replace these. [^]

      It could be made from many things but a 3/8 Drive deep well socket that has been ground down with a Dremel Tool would work.

      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner


      • #4
        The pointed ends of a pair of small needle-nose pliers should fit right in the notches of the ferrel nut. Hope this helps.

        Dan Miller
        Auburn, GA

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        • #5
          I used a 1/4" drive deep socket and ground down tto make the "tabs" that fit into the bezel.

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          • #6
            Since you already have some good advice here, I'll weigh in, how about a sharp chisle and hammer?


            • #7
              I would only add that when you turn the nut, hold the switch with your other hand so as to restrict it from turning, especially on Hawks with the fiberglass dashboard to prevent further damage.

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              • #8
                What Warren said; firm, yet careful, gripping those switches. Once you make your tool from an old socket (I just used my grinder) you'll see how easily they come off and not take a chance of scratching the dash. Just remember where you put that darn socket for future use!


                • #9

                  The pointed ends of a pair of small needle-nose pliers should fit right in the notches of the ferrel nut. Grab the backside of the switch with your fingers while sorta gripping with the needle nose. Turn the switch to break loose the tightness of the nut. jimmijim
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