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    Default Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    The original toggle switch panel in my 1961 Alden Challenger was hidden in a cabinet beneath the bridgedeck at the companionway.


    Inside the door:

    Behind the old switch panel: State of the art 1961 wiring + additions,...



    Building a new switch panel to fit the new replacement cabinet.

    Ready to install the restored cabinet.

    to be continued:
    Last edited by Tom3; 03-10-2018 at 09:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    The new cabinet with restored door installed in the boat.



    New switch panel with the connections made to buss bars and terminal strips, live.


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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    Great job so far, Tom ! That was quite an interesting nest of old wires and in line fuse holders



    Rick

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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    Nice

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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    Bravo! That is a vast improvement over what was there in the beginning. Great restoration of the original wood work!
    Jay

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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    Great job so far, Tom ! That was quite an interesting nest of old wires and in line fuse holders



    Rick
    Yes it was! The original wiring was interesting. Electricians were splitting circuits right off STDP (single throw, double pole) toggle switches. They were craftsmen at that time. They took their power off a homemade solid wire, a real 'buss bar', everything was soldered.

    For instance, 4 separate circuits for cabin lights - each with their own device switch - were divided off one STDP switch. So it went with navigation lights which had a second switch in the cockpit for each lamp. Some split two circuits. What wouldn't fly today is that nothing was fused until after the switches.



    And the toggle switches are old school. They are in great shape and were up to the task for handling the loads. Each leg of the STDP switches were rated well over 20 amp(VDC)They were hand assembled, with screws(!).



    But then 50 years of additional wiring were added (I share some of the blame). It was time to get it sorted out, and fused.

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    Default Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    2, 12 position 20 amp. + terminal strips were located outboard in the 'box', and one 20 position neutral buss bar, was fastened between. This created 2 wire races to connect the panel to the boats feeds, which come into the open back of the box.

    I mounted two large nylon loops that lead the wires into their raceways. Between the access behind the fold down switch panel, the removable engine panel that backs up to the new switch panel, and the starboard cockpit locker(which is big enough to sit in) and the manhole in the cockpit sole, running new wire was a little cramped, but,...doable.

    A 1/4" Lexan chafe plate (removable), is held by 2 posts to keep the folded wires off the terminal strips in the bottom. Protected and visible.




    24 hour circuits, devices that have their own switches(VHF, GPS, gas solenoid, etc), are led over the top and into the fuse blocks.





    A small LED light is mounted inside the switch box. It illuminates the switches as well as the interior wiring when the panel is folded down. All wiring correctly fused from the batteries. Labels stuck. Done.

    Last edited by Tom3; 04-13-2018 at 07:26 AM.

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