Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

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Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby thrashingcows » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:37 pm

Built this today for my electric fan conversion that is coming.....eventually. ;)

Don't like drilling, or cutting holes in my factory dash, or related parts, so thought I could use the ashtray...since I don't smoke, nor does anyone who rides in my truck (regardless if they smoke or not...;).

So I grabbed one of my spare ashtray assemblies and started getting to work.

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I first cut out a bit of the plastic to make a bit more room, and allow the switch to be close to the opening.

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Then I made a template out of cardboard, then measured, and transferred the dimensions to some sheet metal. Then hammered it into shape in the vice.

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1984/93 Dodge Crewcab, W350, 1 Ton SRW, long box, 302K Km's, M&H spacer, 366 spring, fuel pin to deep side, 14cm housing, Piston LP, PS IC, Isspro Boost, Pyro and tach, NV4500, 29 spline NP205, 3.54's.


Check out the build....http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/ ... 05923.html
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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby thrashingcows » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:44 pm

Then I had to finesse the new plate a little to clear and fit nicer...love the flapper disc on my 4.5" angle grinder!

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And marked out where the switch will go...

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Then rough cut the hole for the switch with the cutting wheel, finished cutting it with a hacksaw, then hand filed the opening to the right dimensions.

Held in place while I drilled holes for the 3 screws I used to hold it in place.

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And pretty much all done and ready to go...

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1984/93 Dodge Crewcab, W350, 1 Ton SRW, long box, 302K Km's, M&H spacer, 366 spring, fuel pin to deep side, 14cm housing, Piston LP, PS IC, Isspro Boost, Pyro and tach, NV4500, 29 spline NP205, 3.54's.


Check out the build....http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/ ... 05923.html
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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby thrashingcows » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:50 pm

Just placed it in the old Ashtray housing so you can see what it will look like.

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The electrical connections are a bit tight against the front of the ashtray. Actually had to flip the switch around or it would hit the front trim piece....so the switch now will work backwards....forward for off, backwards for on.

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I painted up the new bracket and got it in the truck, but was dark and stormy so I didn't grab a pic this evening.
1984/93 Dodge Crewcab, W350, 1 Ton SRW, long box, 302K Km's, M&H spacer, 366 spring, fuel pin to deep side, 14cm housing, Piston LP, PS IC, Isspro Boost, Pyro and tach, NV4500, 29 spline NP205, 3.54's.


Check out the build....http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/dev/ ... 05923.html
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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby RumbleFish » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:55 pm

I like it. Also interested in your elec fan swap, so get on it!

In my most recent Ramcharger I pulled out the ashtray and mounted my brake controller there. It worked decent enough.
I could've left it stock...but why?
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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby b4autodark » Mon May 30, 2016 8:15 am

Nice job cutting the rectangle holes, I always screw that up somehow. Did you use a cut off wheel on your 4.5" grinder?
Thanks for posting this, good pictures.
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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby thrashingcows » Mon May 30, 2016 7:30 pm

b4autodark wrote:Nice job cutting the rectangle holes, I always screw that up somehow. Did you use a cut off wheel on your 4.5" grinder?
Thanks for posting this, good pictures.
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No I marked it out in felt, then drilled a couple holes using my step drill, then hand filed the rest into shape....time consuming, but less chance of messing it up that way. ;)
1984/93 Dodge Crewcab, W350, 1 Ton SRW, long box, 302K Km's, M&H spacer, 366 spring, fuel pin to deep side, 14cm housing, Piston LP, PS IC, Isspro Boost, Pyro and tach, NV4500, 29 spline NP205, 3.54's.


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Re: Putting Rocker switches in your ashtray....

Postby b4autodark » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:56 am

Ahh, good idea!

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