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RE: [T3] '67 Ignition switch problems

On 4 Dec 2003 at 0:31, Daniel Hoopes wrote:

> Needless to say I am very happy.  Please see:
> http://www.hoopes.net/dan/square/current.html
> for pictures and documentation of the full disassembly of the beast.  The
> only problem now is: where do I find a replacement spring or how do I make
> one myself.

Nice pictures. Yes, you can make a replacement spring. You can buy lengths of 
music wire at hobby shops which you can bend to shape. It is tough to bend and 
you'll have to wind it around something smaller to get it to be the right size 
when relaxed, so you'll have to experiment some. A set of drill bits makes for 
a nice selection of mandrels in graduated sizes.

Just wind the coil first, then do one end and finally the other. You can make 
the ends longer if you like and then cut or grind them back, or leave them long 
if there's room inside.

Springs wound from small wire are fairly easy to make, but don't try to hold 
the wire with your fingers, or it will whip around and take a chunk out of you.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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