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Gear Selector Switch Wiring

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28 Nov 2018 02:13 #36021 by Terry Cockerell
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I am in the process of installing new wiring harnesses. One problem that has come up is the gear change switch loom. To disconnect the wires from the switch and solder the new loom into position looks to be an almost impossible task. The original insulation on the original wiring looks to be ok so I am considering cutting the wires about 12 inches down from the switch and soldering the new loom from there.
I would appreciate some guidance from others who have tackled this trick job .......................... help.

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28 Nov 2018 08:03 #36022 by Michael R
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I canot help with the decission wether to cut or to do the full job (last would be better but might be too hard work and perhaps will cause damage on the gear switch?) But if you decide for cutting, don´t cut at the same level, because the loom will be thicker after soldering. Perhaps you do have these wonderfull soldering fittings that will close the repair with a shrinking isolation automatically?

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28 Nov 2018 14:25 #36023 by 1748 S
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Terry do you have any pictures of this area? Also do you have the soldier suction tool to get the soldier off the tab and wires. The industry also offers a soldiering wick. It looks like braided copper tube material and comes in different sizes. I personally have not used either of these tools.

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28 Nov 2018 23:05 - 28 Nov 2018 23:09 #36029 by Terry Cockerell
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I have just taken some pictures and hope to be able to attach them to this email.
Some of the cable ends were pushed into the plastic housing when originally put together. These are the areas I do not wish to disturb. I guess the safest route is to splice the cables lower down and staggered as suggested by Michael to keep the overall diameter down. I will look into getting outer cable shrink covers.
Thanks guys for your help and suggestions.

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29 Nov 2018 01:03 #36030 by 1748 S
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This can be a difficult place to soldier Terry. I have not done this yet but I know I have to do this job. Those round contacts must have been pushed thru the white piece after they were connected to the pin. I can't see any other way to soldier them. This is a new piece rotor. The original was black bakeolite and they get brittle after 80 years.

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29 Nov 2018 02:24 #36031 by Terry Cockerell
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Gary that is interesting as I assumed it was an original switch. I guess that switch is not so old.
I think I will splice the cables lower down. It will be safer that way.

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