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Telephone Identification, Repair & Restoration => Telephone Component Identification => Topic started by: Ejbasnett on January 19, 2018, 10:13:48 PM

Title: Western Electric 5J Clear Plastic Finger Wheel
Post by: Ejbasnett on January 19, 2018, 10:13:48 PM
Hi! Does anyone know the part number and/or where to find a clear plastic finger wheel for a WE 5J? I pulled the dial out of an old parts 50AL and have a 302 Id like to throw it in (all my other 302s have brass or aluminum finger wheels). As you can see, the finger wheel has seen better days. Any assistance greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Enoch Basnett
Title: Re: Western Electric 5J Clear Plastic Finger Wheel
Post by: Jim Stettler on January 19, 2018, 11:05:47 PM
Hi Enoch,
What color is the set?
My understanding is that We used different part numbers on different color sets. The number was based on the color of the set. It may sound strange but it was based on  Bell Labs research and data logging.

As far as finding a replacement finger wheel for the dial. many finger wheels will interchange.

Just trying to inform the masses and muddy the search,

Sorry for that,
Jim S.
Title: Re: Western Electric 5J Clear Plastic Finger Wheel
Post by: poplar1 on January 20, 2018, 12:53:50 AM
That is the 2nd generation transparent finger wheel, used from 1947-1952 on 5J dials. Part number is P-372629.

If you use a later type transparent finger wheel -- one with a small hole for releasing the finger wheel --  you also have to change the metal adapter that holds the finger wheel in place. Unfortunately, the adapters that are readily available fit the later 6D or 7C dials, but not the 5J.