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Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:39:25 PM »
I had one of these things but the last time I used it was about 1875 during the US reconstruction after the Civil War. I haven't seen it. It could I sunk with the Arizona?

What is that thing called so I can do a search? I seemed to remember it MIGHT be a Radio Shack item?
Radio shack was open in 1875 right? Or was that 1975? I forget now?

And it's for my 68 GT350 so Coralsnake definitely knows and probably will gloat that he needs to help me with this? Probably.  ;)
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 04:52:08 PM »
That will do. Thanks.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 09:00:04 PM »
As I recall, the terminals used in that connector were standard (not Universal) AMP Mate-N-Lok.  There is one retention barb per terminal.  To remove, push the wire forward from the back so as to allow the barb to clear the internal shelf in the NYLON connector body.  Then insert the cylindrical tool over the terminal from the front face of the connector which depresses the barb. Then pull on the wire to extract the terminal.   The tool referenced above is a bargain in that it can be used on a variety of terminal diameters.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 07:28:11 AM »
Thanks for the info. I did this once before, when I first got the car in 1972. Exactly where that tool is now is unknown but yes, I do remember the procedure. I just need to wait for the Pony Express to deliver.

I'm not sure why the new switch is supplied without the plug but apparently it never was from Ford either?
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2019, 08:32:59 AM »
Thanks for all the help. In my case, the pins are stuck in the socket and the tool won't release them.

Maybe they got over heated and welded themselves to the socket?

The solution was just to use a new socket.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 08:39:51 AM »
I've been able to use a small tip screw driver to pry the tabs back to release the wires.  I bought the NPD tool mentioned and didn't have much success with it, ended up throwing it away.  There are some tool kits out there with all the different diameter fittings, need to get one eventually.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 09:06:49 AM »
I've been able to use a small tip screw driver to pry the tabs back to release the wires.  I bought the NPD tool mentioned and didn't have much success with it, ended up throwing it away.  There are some tool kits out there with all the different diameter fittings, need to get one eventually.

I've got the tool assortment. NONE of the wires will come loose. They've been in there for 50 years. Time to just replace the socket too. For $150 you would think the switch would come with the socket?
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019, 10:01:28 AM »
As I mentioned above, the secret to extract is to push forward on the wire from the rear and hold it, while you insert the tool from the front of the connector to depress the tab. Once the tab is depressed, pull back on the wire and the contact should come out.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2019, 10:11:53 AM »
You could also go to you local hobby store and buy a piece of brass tube the correct inside diameter...might be faster than waiting on a tool from a vendor.

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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2019, 03:05:28 PM »
used to split a ball point pen insert an use that to slide over the pin, must be a brass one, plastic would not work
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2019, 03:10:30 PM »
Doug, I have a good removal tool I can send to you as a loaner to extract your pins if you're still having issues. I am in Corning, NY until I return to DFW on Wednesday.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2019, 04:13:46 PM »
Doug, I have a good removal tool I can send to you as a loaner to extract your pins if you're still having issues. I am in Corning, NY until I return to DFW on Wednesday.
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Thank you for your offer. I don't need the tool.

I bought a new plug and installed the harness into that, so it's finished.
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Re: Tool for directional signal pins/plug
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2019, 10:45:17 PM »
Doug: Good enough!  I had the same issue when I replaced mine. I think the horns tend to heat the blocks up, not to mention plastic and just outright time. I took a picture of the wire loctaions with my cell and cut the plug off and removed them in the house off the vehicle.

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