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Dash switches - down is on?

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Bob Paquette
Grand Prairie, TX, USA   usa
1969 MG MGB

Got an easy question. Most of my dash switches work as down - on. This includes the head lamps, interior lamp, and emergency flashers. My heater fan switch works up is on. I may have assembled the switches wrong or installed them upside down. The icons seem orentated correctly and the wires are connected to terminals as listed on the Advanced Auto wiring diagrams. I want to get this right and it looks like the dash is coming back off due to problems with the speedo and rev counter.

So. Is up - on or is down - on.

Cheers,

Bob
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Anthony Henderson
Gananoque, Ontario, Canada   can
1962 MG MGB
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1970 MG MGB GT
1974 MG MGB
1991 GMC Sierra 1500   → more

Down would be on.
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Phil Crowell
Sydney, Australia   aus
1966 MG MGB MkI "Ruby"

Down is ON on my 66 MGB (even Down Under)smiling smiley. Not sure if it changed for later years or for the US market.



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Australia
1966 Mk1 MGB "Ruby"
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Fairfield, CA, USA   usa

if you install a fuel pump switch, install it opposite of the others. Reason...it you leave the car, turn off fuel pump (it will look "on"winking smiley and thieves will not get a block away before they run out of gas. Of course, you don;t want to label it.



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Bob Paquette
Grand Prairie, TX, USA   usa
1969 MG MGB

OK. So if down is on I'm mostly good. How about my heater fan switch? That one may be installed up side down. The icon for that one is the same if inverted. Should it also be down - on? That will be easy enough to turn around.

Cheers,

Bob
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Lou A.
Springfield, Oregon, USA   usa
1970 MG MGB GT "Higgins - "RIP""
1973 MG MGB GT "Eliza - FIRST PLACE - MG2013"
1976 MG MGB "Daphne"

@Bob: FWIW, on both my cars, 76RD and 70GT, the fan blower switch is "on" when the paddle is down. Same thing for headlamp switch(es).

HTH.....



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Bob Paquette
Grand Prairie, TX, USA   usa
1969 MG MGB

Lou,

That's it! I just need to turn the fan switch around. Thanks all.

Cheers,

Bob
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Fairfield, CA, USA   usa

the word FAN is not upside down when the switch is properly installed. So, unless you are using a non-fan specific "universal purpose" switch that has no label, the green insert goes at the top. Supposed to be a tiny light in there.



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Jim Smith
CASSIDY, BC, Canada   can

Down on was factory correct on my new 1971 MGB's switches. It always seemed strange when the NA standard is down is off and up is on.



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Charlie Daubs
Redding, California, USA   usa
1964 Jaguar E-Type "Snowball"
1970 MG MGB

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Bob Paquette
Grand Prairie, TX, USA   usa
1969 MG MGB

In reply to # 2306357 by mac townsend the word FAN is not upside down when the switch is properly installed. So, unless you are using a non-fan specific "universal purpose" switch that has no label, the green insert goes at the top. Supposed to be a tiny light in there.

Mac,

My switch is the original for 69 and has a fan icon that is symmetrical so it will be just fine when I turn it around.

Cheers,

Bob
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