Soldering wires, how to heat sink to protect wire insulation

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  1. sandlapper

    sandlapper Veteran Member

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    delphi/packard Weather Pack connectors. I solder all crimps.
    you can buy em & their bits ... or cut em from from many junkyard harnesses.
    When done right and with some dielectric grease, they're Very Robust & Reliable.
    Take a closer look into real race cars.


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    https://www.whiteproducts.com/catalog/WhiteProductsCatalog.pdf

    In addition to weather pack, Amphenol offers a variety of sturdy connectors.
     
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    I'd like to find someone that makes a TRUE 3/8 spade Packard connector.
     
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    spade? or pin?
     
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    spade. the new one I've used is wonky, maybe 5/16. the old one pictured is 3/8...It seems way to loose..
    spade.jpg
     
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    `No, I dunno exactly where. But a few suggestions.

    Cut up a junkyard harness.
    look at about page 27 in above white products link for pigtails
    go to standard ignition link below and search your year vehicle
    standard offers a lot of old pigtails etc.

    https://www.standardbrand.com/en

    if that fails, I'd try to retrofit weatherpack or amphenol connectors
     
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    I lucked out when I worked at IVECO trucks. prepping new trucks from Europe for sale in US back in 1980. Have tons of plastic connector blocks that packard terminals fit into, and tons of packard terminals for those blocks. Whenever I had to replace a rear wire harness on a straight truck I took the old one home with me, (16+ feet of wire)finally getting down to last few pieces of truck grade wiring, all different colors some with tracer stripes. Good wire is expensive and being a packrat has been a blessing. I look around my garage at stuff I have picked up over the past 40+ years, rubber sheets, 1/2 & 3/4 thick plastic sheets, steel angle, steel rod, 1/4" steel plate, aircraft nuts, bolts washers, spacers cushion clamps, titanium sheet and titanium nuts and bolts, have alum bar stock, a plate of tooling aluminum, Dzus fasteners, threaded rivet on machine screw receptacles, camlocks and more, half the stuff I can't even recall where I found it. While in the Navy cleanin gout a cage on the hangar bay, I bought a huge can of aircraft hardware home with me once, took days of sitting at a table drinking beers sorting the stuff. And luckily I have a wife who knows the value of all the stuff, she'll ask if I can fix or make something and she is totally amazed what I come up with. Packrats unite!
     
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    yeah sandlapper, I've got some old clunkers laying around I'd thought about weeding through, literally in the weeds. Uhhgg. This is the black fusible link wire from the horn relay to firewall ('72) that nibblers got to while in the barn. I've changed the wire and such but not happy with the spade fit into the block. I might try to spread the crimps and reuse this old one? Old is actually 5/16, new is 1/4, my bad. I just threw 8 bux to amazon for a 10/12 gauge pack, maybe it'll fit better. There goes my beer money grzewnicki.
     
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    Amen, fellow packrat.
     

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