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Triumph TR6 - Grill badge and escutcheon question
|This is a double question.|
1. The local car club had a show and I bought a car club grill badge. There is no backing plate, only the badge and 2 double ended screws which screw into the back of the badge and then have 2 bolts for the other end. Is there some way to install these without a backing plate? What is the best way to back the thing?
2. My hazard switch (71 TR6) does not have the plastic escutcheon around it. Does anyone know if I can find the escutcheon somewhere without having to spring for a new switch?
The car show was in Lake Worth, Florida. I volunteered and got there early-the guys there told me I should put my car in, even though it is certainly not a show car. It was a beautiful day and TR6s were the most heavily represented car. On the outside, mine looks pretty good, but the engine compartment is a lot nastier than most of the ones at the show. I didn't know all that grime would come off! Anyway, we had around 260 British cars and it was a blast. Clive was there, but no one else I recognized from here.
Sounds like you had a fine day of it. Be proud that you have a TR6 my friend.
A suggestion for you ...or 2.
1.If you made yourself a small piece of aluminium (as a backker plate) that was the size/length of the screws you could put the badge through the grill.
2. I have 2 badges on my front. I went through the center black area of the center bar either side of the TR6 emblem.
The 71 TR6 did not have a plastic "surround" for the Hazzard switch. It was just a plain ol' Clear hooters switch. If still working then praise the prince of darkness:)
|Rick, its working, but it doesn't look good in the hole. It may be that a prior owner put the wrong year's dash on it, as the dash is newer. But it just looks funky.|
On the badge, that was all I could think of and I wondered if there was some simple answer I wasn't thinking of. Either a small piece of aluminum or even pvc would probably work well.
The later hazzard switch was larger so maybe the hole is bigger from the new dash. I do have some "air" around mine...it was not a tight fit.
The aluminium backer will at least give you the badges without holes being drilled. TR6s with badge bars are very rare.
Remember, that if at some time you do not have turn signals flick the hazzard switch on and off several times and you just might have turn signals again. Who was it that had this problem last summer...you??
|John- to tell if your switch is correct- The later switches have 6 0r 8 connectors(can't remember which) and the older have 4. You cannot buy the old style any longer unless you get lucky. Be thankful if it is an old style. I had to replace mine many years ago and you have to figure the new wiring technique. (before I new of Dan M.) The new switch is bigger and you have to do some carving on the dash and filing on the metal backing plate. Hard to do while dash is in the car|
|2 things, then. It sounds like the prior owner may have the later dash, but the earlier switch. Either I live with it, or maybe try to find a later switch that is bigger, but that would require filing the metal backing plate. Actually, I like the look of the plastic escutheon, and if it is the same size as the other rocker switches, I may look for a non-working wiper switch and take the plastic off. I'm wondering if I could make or find something that would work.|
And, I can make a backer plate for the badge. No, Rick, it wasn't me who had that particular problem. Lots of other ones, though.
To change (get at) the clear hooters bracket youy need to pull the dash out. Disconnect both cables from the 2 main gauges and pull the dash out a bit. Maybe Don K can tell you the wiring for the new switch. Before you screw the dash back into place check all switches and pannel lights and gauge functions. There is a strong possibility that a wire or bulb holder will come out of the gauge when you pull the dash out. The wiper switch and winscreen sprayer are much narrower than the hazzard switch. I do not think the black plastic pieces are inter-changeable.
|Thanks, Rick. I guess I'm stuck with what I have for now.|
"If it ain't broke...don't fix it"
Besides you have the original "clear hooters" switch.
This thread was discussed between 22/02/2005 and 24/02/2005
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