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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 13th, 01, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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On the 69 RS headlight switches , when you pull it on does it switch the vacuum mechanically or by means of electric over mechanical function ?

I.E.; Can I check out a 69 RS headlight switch by simply applying vacuum (which does nothing as I test it now) , or do you have to have the switch plugged in and powered up to switch the vacuum on and off ?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 13th, 01, 06:53 AM
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The vacuum RS switch for 68 & 69 is mechanical. There is 2-port vac fitting on the switch. The fitting is sealed by internal rubber boot contained within a small metal slide. The slide has a lug bent at 90ļ to engage the switch slide mechanism. This lug can break off leaving the system inop.

Someone did a slide repro. They are easily removed. If you have a factory gauge car the h/l switch is different so don't discard it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 13th, 01, 11:00 AM
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I may be able to help you out...
I have an original RS w/gauges switch that has a broken case. Everthing works on it...but it won't stay together.

Let us know what you find...

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Any idea who makes the slide repro? How different is the switch for gauge vs w/o?
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