adding a nice little touch of NOS retro style to my VW Camper

With wanting to tidy up the existing under dash electrics and replace some of the existing inappropriate aftermarket switches, plus add a new additional switch, there was the question of how and where these switches would be accommodated? Rather than do the obvious (and destructive) drilling of holes in the dash, I wanted to look for a slightly less intrusive and slightly more period solution.

old skool 1980’s NOS three switch panel with a black wrinkle finish paint
old skool 1980’s NOS three switch panel with a black wrinkle finish paint

In the end I found a rather cool, retro style, NOS (new old stock) three switch panel with a black paint wrinkle finish that would do the trick of housing the switches nicely without having to drill three large holes in the front of the dash! Instead it can be secured underneath via some self tapping screws.

a couple of illuminated toggle switches plus a momentary on/off toggle switch
a couple of illuminated toggle switches plus a momentary on/off toggle switch

In terms of having a more unified and discreet set of switches, I opted to go for a range of simple metal toggle switches. With the two on/off functionality switches to control the 12v heated front windscreens and the BMW new mini driving lights, I decided to get illuminated switches so that I had a visual reminder of whether or not I had left them on or not! For the 12v windscreen washer pump, I went for a non-illuminated momentary on/off toggle switch that automatically flicks back to the off position when released.

Looking forward to getting these all fitted up and working with the new stainless steel BMW mini style driving lights…

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