Steel Turn Signal Stalk Buttons
- Gerry Masterman
of: 16 April 2006
have replaced the carpets and the seat covers. You have even recovered
your dash. Everything looks and works like it should after a
restoration-everything except those rusty old wiper and turn signal stalk
ends. They are an ugly rusty brown instead of the shiny chrome that they
used to be. Here's how to bring their looks up to the level of the rest of
thing that you have to do is to remove the old stalk buttons. The round
ends are mounted on another piece that screws into the stalk end. If you
carefully grip the edge of the round button with a pair of slip joint
pliers you should be able to simply unscrew (counterclockwise) the button
and it's base. When I do this, I remove the switch from the steering
column, but if you are careful you can get by without this extra work.
have unscrewed the button, notice how it is made. The threaded part of the
base is made of plastic. The once chrome plated button on the end is
simply pressed onto a shaft. You can insert a dull knife or screwdriver
between the button and the base and carefully pry the two apart. Take it
slow and easy so you do not mess up the base.
you have everything apart, what are you going to do about it? The chrome
plated dome button can be ordered from Moss under part number #472-385.
case you are wondering, this is used on the BGT's to attach the chrome
spring cover for the rear hatch.
get some new domes, you just need to press them on the old bases and you
are done. To do this, I screw the old base into a 9/16"x 18 TPI nut.
This will give you a better way of holding onto it and protect those
plastic threads as well. Set the base/nut combo down on your workbench or
vise, place your new dome in position on top, then use a 9/16" socket
placed on top of the dome to carefully press the new dome into place.
9/16" socket is important because it will catch just the edge of the
dome rather than the unsupported center. If you try to push anywhere else,
you will bend the dome in and then you will have to start over from
scratch. Slow and careful are the keywords here! After the dome is in
place, you simple have to screw the whole works back into the stalk and
then sit back and admire your work.
cars, I carried this process one step further. Instead of using a
chrome plated button that may rust again sometime in the future, I found a
source of Stainless Steel buttons. These are just slightly matted, but can
be easily polished up to shine like chrome. If you are interested in using
the Stainless Steel buttons instead of the chrome, I can provide them to
you for $2.95 a pair, while my supply lasts. You can contact me at email@example.com.
way, I want to thank John Hubbard for coming up with this idea and placing
it on his web page for all to read and use. This is really his tip, not
mine, I simply updated it for posting here. Thanks John!)