Horn Push Unit
This horn push was well weather beaten having been out in the open for a while, though the button is bakerlite and the switch is brass and dismantled easily, the button was cleaned and painted mat black, the steel outer was power wire brushed to bright metal and powder coated in textured mat black (wrinkle type finish)
Cost of refurbishing a similar type button unit would be around £12 assuming all parts are reusable.
Starter Push Switch
The switch has lost its spring return and was sticking, the case is a sealed tin can with a crimped over soldered seam, a spare unit seems to be £40 plus, so decided to look at a repair, put the whole switch body in our old lathe, skimmed off the fold between the two halves and switch came apart, the spring was in 3 bits, we managed to find a replacement in our old stock, all the internal bits were cleaned, the terminal nuts were removed with a little gentle heat etc, the nuts and washers were replaced and all the internal bits cleaned, after cleaning the two body halves came together nice and tight allowing me to run a good ring of solder round with a large iron to hold it together, once assembled the resistance and insulation were tested.
The cost of refurbishing a similar type of unit to this would be about £15 providing all the major parts are reusable.
Cover for alternative foot dip switch
This old Lucas foot operated dip switch is u/s, even the case is so rusty you can see through it in places but the ebay listed replacement unit is not quite the same, though the mounting holes are the same spacing,
To make the new one blend in a bit better and give it some protection we made a steel cover for it, this involved cutting out a circle of 1.5mm plate and strip of the same wrapped round it then gas welded together. We made a spare as well while I was at it just in case.
The welds were ground off and a hole cut in the centre for the switch, then threaded studs were drilled through the plate and welded in place to carry the switch as well as mount the assembly in the foot well.