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Gear Selector Switch Wiring

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29 Jan 2021 23:21 #42051 by alsancle
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So I gave our original switch to an electrical engineer buddy of mine that is plenty of solder experience to clean it up. Hopefully when he is ready I'll have the harness pulled. Today my brother and I spent about 90 minutes and got 6 of the 10 wires pulled. We are following Jim's instructions exactly as he outlined in his newsletter article from last month. My only comment would be that Jim says it is easier with 2 people and I would say it would be impossible without 2.

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30 Jan 2021 06:54 #42060 by Terry Cockerell
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From my experience the simplest way to do the job is to remove the steering wheel then remove the column tube. The soldering job is much easier on a bench with everything laid out. When completed the column tube complete with wiring can be slid down over the steering column. The firewall side steering column grommet has to be cut for refitting and can simply be super glued on the cut. It may take a bit longer but is can all be done by one person.

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30 Jan 2021 13:31 - 30 Jan 2021 13:31 #42062 by alsancle
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Hey Terry,
Because I eliminated the plug I have the one piece harness. I'm not sure I could pull the entire thing down from the top?

I do agree it would be much nicer to do the solder work on a bench. I've been evaluating the notion of soldering very small portions of wire to the switch on the bench and then using solder seals to do the connections. The solder seals just get heated with a heat gun. The issue is clearance as the seals are slightly larger in diameter than the wire.

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30 Jan 2021 20:26 #42063 by Terry Cockerell
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Go back to page 5 of this Forum. I used the one piece wiring loom and explained how I did the whole job. You can only feed the wires up from the lower end of the steering column cover tube.
You have a very nice looking phaeton.

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01 Feb 2021 22:20 #42070 by alsancle
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My brother and I got the 10 wires pulled up from the bottom of the steering column using Jim's instructions. We had to use pull lube on the last two pulls. Each pull is two wires and another pull string. You can get pull lube at Home depot. With two guys we did the 10 wires in about 2 hours total. It takes longer than you would think.

You need tiny but strong pull string. And you need to tape in a way that doesn't bulk up the package.

Hopefully Friday we solder.
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01 Feb 2021 22:30 #42072 by alsancle
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My buddy the Electrical engineer cleaned up our original selection switch. Here is the before and after.

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