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Black Window Switches for an 84 by johnyrottin
Started on: 08-19-2014 11:48 AM
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Anyone found a good source for the black window switches for the 84s? I have a small crack in one of mine and want to replace both as they have greyed and become thin and frail. I called The Fiero Store and they only have grey ones.
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Report this Post08-19-2014 07:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
You can use the switches from an 84 Trans Am but they are pretty pricey when you find new ones.
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Do you just take the plastic switch cover and put it on the Fiero switch or use the whole Trans Am switch?
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My Indy's switches were crap as well (car only had 19,000 miles too)

Luckily, the 80's Camaros and Firebirds used similar switches. (odd that they still looked good)
While you can't use the switches themselves, the caps can be popped off and swapped onto the Fiero switches.


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I scuffed mine and painted with Interior paint You cannot tell the difference. Also did the ashtray doors. Rick B
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I pulled a mold off of some NOS I had never installed and then made some new ones in Black ,Gray and just for the hell of it some in clear....
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Originally posted by fireboss:

I pulled a mold off of some NOS I had never installed and then made some new ones in Black ,Gray and just for the hell of it some in clear....


The black ones were spot on as were the gray ones ...


The clear on the otherhand.....Well lets just say they Twerent good....
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There's a set on ebay right now.
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Trans Am ones or Fiero ones???
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Just cast some new ones with casting resin and black pigment.
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Originally posted by fierogtlt1:

Just cast some new ones with casting resin and black pigment.


It's not that easy. I made some reproductions for a member last year and the center "point" that actually moves the contacts back and forth is very thin. It SEEMS to work fine but I only tested the switch for a little while in my car before putting the stock rocker back in. I never sent them out because I didn't think they would hold up.

Here is a generic photo from the internet. See the thin piece that inserts to move the contacts:

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Originally posted by IMSA GT:


It's not that easy. I made some reproductions for a member last year and the center "point" that actually moves the contacts back and forth is very thin. It SEEMS to work fine but I only tested the switch for a little while in my car before putting the stock rocker back in. I never sent them out because I didn't think they would hold up.

Here is a generic photo from the internet. See the thin piece that inserts to move the contacts:




When I casted mine I built up that area and also made the inside underneath the top thicker..(where the plastic always seem to get thin and rubs a hole where you push down with your fingers)

worked out pretty well and still running a couple sets.
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When I casted mine I built up that area and also made the inside underneath the top thicker..(where the plastic always seem to get thin and rubs a hole where you push down with your fingers)

worked out pretty well and still running a couple sets.


At the time, I was just going for a 1 to 1 reproduction. I didn't take the time to try and modify the thickness. I guess I should have. I also made 2 versions. One was stock and the other one had a flat-top rather than "V" shaped. The design came out OK but I just didn't feel confident with the area that I mentioned above. If they work out well, you should consider making them for sale. They do sell a black resin so you wouldn't have to worry about mixing dye in the resin.
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I used a black resin,and when I made the OE gray I added a little of the black resin to some white till I got an original gray color.

they realy turned out great....I gonna look into it this weekend and see bout making some more..I have the molds for the switches and Holley side scoop..
just cant remember where in the garage I put them..
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I believe you can use 05 Dodge Neon Switches, Check autozone, under $10
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Are there orange lit from another GM that will fit an 84'? I fumble in the dark like crazy locating mine, would be nice to have some illuminated,
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