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Mike Stevens
01-30-2013, 02:01 PM
I have been helping a friend clean his dad's garage. The old man never had a boat but did have a few hearses many years ago. We found this Cole-Hersee switch. It seems very large to have been in a hearse. It is about 7 inches across and about 4 inches tall. One logo on it says it has been safety approved by the Yacht Safety Board. Any ideas if it may have also been a procar item?

Wayne Krakowski
01-30-2013, 02:21 PM
Were they not used in units with dual batteries,or am I dreaming again...:confused:

Mike McDonald
01-30-2013, 02:45 PM
They were more common in fire apparatus with dual atteries, but many Ambulances have them too as in our former '73 S&S Medic Mark-I that Bruce-B has now. Other that the ability to switch to only one or both batteries, they are a master dis-connect switch so things do go wrong (as in having an electrical short in the middle of the night) when the vehicle is unattended.

Jean-Marc Dugas
01-30-2013, 03:31 PM
Got one in my 67 Superior, and saw one this summer on a 76 Superior.

James Fischer
01-30-2013, 03:36 PM
Got one in my 67 Superior, and saw one this summer on a 76 Superior.

Same here,have one on the 72 Superior and also on the 70 Superior....:)

Mike Burkhart - Deceased 1948 - 2016
01-30-2013, 03:50 PM
Widely used in Aircraft, watercraft, Fire Apparatus, and Ambulances.

Mike Stevens
01-30-2013, 05:17 PM
Thank you all for your input here. While Larry may not be in a rush to get rid of his dad's stuff we know where this one is for now.