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How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:18 pm

Hello anyone out there;

How do you put new chrome on these original switches?? I see no way to remove the front bezel as it is part of the entire case of the switch. I have not tried to take it apart yet and was hoping someone might know what to do besides buying new replacements which are plastic on the back side of the dash. :shock:

Ideas??
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:45 am

OK, I figured out how to do it and made a video

See picture and video for help.

If other people around the world could respond with what kind of switches you have in your boat. Are they different or same and please include model and year.

Ciao

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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:12 pm

Marty Feletto sent me some pictures of some spare switches that are different.

He called them a "pot" type verses the long cylinder type. The bezel of the "pot" type unscrews for re-plating...how nice

What do people know about the different switch types for various years???
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Rich » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:42 am

Great info, I have been wanting to fix my original starter button on a 68 Ariston. It gives me a shock whenever I start the boat with wet hands after waterskiing. Any tips about how to fix the starter button?
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:27 pm

Rich;

thanks for the reply and welcome to the Riva Forum.

If you are getting a zap then somehow your switch is grounding with the case inside.

I have my push button but have not taken that apart yet. When I do I will take pics of it.

Not sure yours is the same as mine?? Can you take a picture of the back side so we can compare?

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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:38 am

More pictures from the tear down of my switches.
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby FCE woodiesparts » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:15 am

Hi, don,
Please make other videos from the other switches. It is very interesting and the only thing I do not restore , because as you say the new types are not so nice on the back
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby fudi50 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:20 am

Hi Don,
Interesting video I will replicate my switches but only externaly can you give me dimensions of the barrel,the bezel,the knob.
FYI if you have electrical parts that require cleaning and providding they do not have felt,carboard or other corosive material. A quick dip in muratic acid followed by a thorough rinse in clean water the brass will look new and assure of positive contact.
Re insulating material Phenolic in Europe it used to be called Paxolin and back in the early days it was micre as used in old radio tuners.
David
P.S do not dip chrome parts in Muriatic acid it will remove the coating of chrome quick
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby fudi50 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:25 pm

This is a follow to my original posting regarding my efforts to produce a 1/4 scale model of a 1970 Super Ariston. I desperately require information as to the hardware used on this boat, I have made templates for the cutwater but the curve at the top of the bow is in question does it fit snug to the bull nose or is it under, is there a half round rub rail that seperatesa the cutwater.
I need pictures of the instruments and dimensions both in the bezels and the depth of the casings of course mine will not be working instruments other than the ignigition which when the scale key is turned the red light goes on and off. Cranking over and start up will be heard through a sound system, advanccing the throttle on the RC electric engine will increase the engine sound as full size.
Again I need dimensions of the push pull switches including bezels and barrels.
Would you like me to post a picture of my scale working bow light ?, I have a question there is the flange at a 1/4 scale 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" does the 1970 haave 8 screws or 10 and is there a gasket between tthe hull aand the flange.
Please will any Riva fanatics help me with information now which will enable me to get a grip of finishing
would 3/8" x 3/32" 1/4 scale half oval be pretty close for the rub rails.
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:44 pm

Here is a picture of the knob that wound be on a 1970 Ariston. Pretty sure. They were originally Ford Falcon knobs.
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Rich » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:49 pm

Hi Don,

Here is the photo of the backside of my 1968 Ariston starter button that gives me shocks. Is it taken apart in the same way?
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:38 am

Rich;

Let me look at my starter button to see if they are the same. The procedure to take the back out of yours is the same as the push/pull switches however I don't know what it looks like inside until I pull mine apart.

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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby martinfeletto » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:41 am

Don - the starter switches I have messed with have a set of contacts inside - when you push the button a washer like piece of metal is pushed down to engage the contacts and current flows. There is a spring behind that enables you to go past the point of contact to insure good tension on the contacts.
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Re: How to chrome switch bezels for AR 266 1959

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:00 pm

Rich;

OK, I took apart the push button starter switch. It was not bad to take apart just watch my video to ensure you do not break the tabs on the very back.

Once you pull the contact part out of the back you will see a slot screw. Take this out and you can get the metal contact "ring, "donut" what ever you call. It will just come out. There is a small spring under this part in the back end of the switch.

Remove the chrome button and the large spring from the front side of the switch. You will see a small rubber washer and a metal washer that fits on the shaft.

Now you can re-chrome the button and the front case.

Hope this helps

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