Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Can you rebuild Lark rocker switches?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Can you rebuild Lark rocker switches?

    I went out tonight for a little drive at dusk, just to see how my headlights were aimed (terribly!), and everything was fine... until, after about 10 minutes, I saw my headlamps and dashboard lights dim rather rapidly, then go out altogether. And I smelled the unmistakable smell of hot electricals.

    The headlight switch is obviously dirty inside, and had turned into a big resistor. After snapping the switch off and then back on, the lights came back on at full brightness and I drove home.

    SO... can these rockers be rebuilt? Cleaned up? Or should I just plan on replcing them with new ones as I can find them?

    Before anyone suggests headlight relays - I know, and I plan on doing that sooner or later, but even so the problem with the dirty switch remains.


    [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

    Clark in San Diego
    '63 F2/Lark Standard
    http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
    www.studebakersandiego.com

    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

  • #2
    I don't see why you can't do them if you are carefull. I've taken switches apart and cleaned them before.

    Dylan Wills
    [IMG][/IMG]
    '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

    Comment


    • #3
      If you take them apart watch out for those tiny springs that tend to evaporate. I've managed to revive them, at least for the time being, without disassembly by spraying with electromotive cleaner.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk

      Comment


      • #4
        There is also a circuit breaker for the headlights. I would change that first.

        Gordon

        Comment


        • #5
          heh, I used to have to do this semi-regularly with the power window switches on my old BMW. I used to carry a pocket screwdriver and a hard rubber eraser in the door pocket so if I got a sticky window I could just do it right there in the parking lot who wants to pay BMW dealer prices for new switches?

          As to the original question, I disremember how to take apart the 63-66 dash switches, but I'm sure that they can be cleaned, it's just a matter of how hard they are to disassemble.

          nate

          --
          55 Commander Starlight
          http://members.cox.net/njnagel
          --
          55 Commander Starlight
          http://members.cox.net/njnagel

          Comment


          • #6
            Disassemble the switches inside a transparent plastic bag. Flying springs will be corralled nicely.

            [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Avatar1.jpg[/img=left]
            Tom Bredehoft
            '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
            '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
            ....On the road, again....
            '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
            All Indiana built cars

            Comment


            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Tom B

              Disassemble the switches inside a transparent plastic bag. Flying springs will be corralled nicely.
              D'oh! This is one of those things that seems painfully obvious NOW but never occurred to me THEN

              Thanks for posting. At least I'll remember it next time.

              If the Oldtimer's doesn't get to me first.

              Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
              In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
              If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

              Comment


              • #8
                IIRC, those rockers are take-apartable. If the switch didn't get hot enough to totally torch the contacts or warp internals, you should be able clean things up and be back in business. Headlight switch might be kinda hard to locate new, not sure about the other three. LH

                whirling dervish of misinformation
                Whirling dervish of misinformation.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Showbizkid, I am not sure what year is your Studebaker car. Here is a link on Studebaker/Avanti tech tip. Scroll down slighty and you will find an information on rocker switches available from NAPA.

                  Steven

                  http://www.studebaker-info.org/rjtechx3.html#INDEX

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    "CASO"

                    Candbstudebakrs
                    Castro Valley,
                    California




                    Candbstudebakers
                    Castro Valley,
                    California


                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Yeah, Bob


                      [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

                      Clark in San Diego
                      '63 F2/Lark Standard
                      http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
                      www.studebakersandiego.com

                      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X