This dome light reflector, pictured here, is what the original should look like. It is rare to find these dome light reflectors looking like the one in the picture. One of the primary reasons for this is that the switch, seen to the left, more often than not, does not work. Many times, they cannot be fixed.
So, with many trials behind me I have found a new wafer switch that is able to be mounted in the original bracket and used in place of an original damaged switch.
Please understand what you are buying is an original reflector with original socket but with a new replacement switch.
The difference between the original switch and the replacement switch is this. The original switch is connected directly to the reflector with a brass band made to be part of the switch. When the switch is mounted onto the reflector a small finger is crimped onto the brass band making a complete contact between the switch and the metal reflector. The replacement switch has 2 brass tabs. So, to make that connection and replicate the original electrical system as closely as I can I soldered a small wire between one of the 2 terminals and the metal reflector. This should allow this reflector to be wired into an original electrical system just like the original switch was. You will need to solder the harness wire to the remaining terminal. The original switch was just plugged into the harness. I do hope this explanation is clear.
When this reflector is installed into the chrome bezel, the switch is exactly the same in appearance and function as the original.
I will be adding more pictures to clarify the changes.
These are used in Chevy’s from 1949-54 in the 2-door sedan, 4 door sedan and the wagon. This dome light reflector is not used in the Sport Coupe “HT” or the Convertible. They are used on Pontiac and Oldsmobile cars in those years.