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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 06, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wire terminal removal

Okay, this should be simple, but I'm a rookie. I'm installing a new under dash harness to go along with the new console gauges on a 69. How do I get the original wires plugged in behind the fuse panel to release so I can replace them? I've tried inserting a small screw driver, but no luck.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 06, 04:16 PM
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Re: Wire terminal removal

There is an upper and lower clip on both plugs......release them both while working the plug up and down. Remember....it's been there for awhile, so you'll have to work it a bit.

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Re: Wire terminal removal

Chuck -

Are you trying to get the two connectors (engine harness and front light harness) on the engine side of the fire wall off the fuse box? If so there is a screw in the center that holds the two on. It actually only screws through the engine harness, but the front light harness clips into it, making it one unit for removal and assembly.

Or are you trying to replace only the dash harness and reuse your fuse box? If so, the terminals in the fuse block are blades, with a slot cut into the middle so they will flex for removal. I have a couple laying around that I can photograph, but if you look close at them you should see the slot. Then you go into the well on the block with a really thin small screwdriver (like a jewlery screwdriver) and flex the clip to get it out. You need to go in on the narrow sides of the terminal, not the flat wide sides.

See if I can explain with crude computer graphics. If this ! is the terminal seen from the end, with the slot being the space between the top and period, you need to lift on it like this:

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Re: Wire terminal removal

Flatten the end of a straightened out paperclip with a hammer. Use the flat end to depress the tang holding the terminal in.

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Re: Wire terminal removal

I will have to remove the harness from the firewall side as well, but the current problem is removing the individual wires from behind the fuse block on the interior of the car. I will try the paperclip approach. I have tried a small screwdriver, but it might not have been small enough. If you do have a picture of the removed clip, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks for the advice.
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