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  1. Razorback1999
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    I have a 55 Lincoln redoing the wiring and thought I will tackle dash while I got it apart. The place where the dash lights go all wires are brittle and I want to replace it. The light bulb sockets are part of the cluster. How do I replace the wires and where do I find button connections like this ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1455052550.459567.jpg
     
  2. Fread
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    Try the Early Ford Store
     
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  3. Buz
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    I have been able to melt the solder out of the button and solder it on the new wire.
     
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  4. vintage6t
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    Another way to reuse the button is to cut the wire leaving a a few inches of wire with the button. Strip off a the old insulation from that wire stub and replace with heat shrink tube of the proper diameter. Thread the button and newly insulated wire stub back though the socket and now splice your new dash wire on to the stub using a crip connector or solder/heat shrink.

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  5. vintage6t
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    One more idea. Buy cheap replacement sockets at the auto parts store. You can get 1157 sockets ( 2 buttons per socket) for $3 or $4. Replace your old buttons with the new buttons and attached pigtail by removing them from the new socket and threading them into your old socket. Splice your dash wires into the new pigtail.

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  6. Canuck
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    They are available from Ron Francis, https://www.ronfrancis.com/products.asp?dept=57 and probably other wiring harness manufacturers in smaller quantities. Pricey little suckers tho.

    I needed 2 for the lamp sockets for the 60's SW gauges I am using in my A.

    Took the old ones and trimmed the wire off flush then drilled a 1/16 hole thru the center of the wire to the contact point. Soldered the new wire into the hole and dressed the contact area smooth. Good as new, 10 minutes time and done.

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  7. Those used to be available at most parts stores. They were usually a kit with the wire, bakelite washer and springs.
     
  8. Big_John
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  10. Mac's auto parts under 56 T-Bird wiring parts.
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  11. 56premiere
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    I use what Ebbspeed does , sometimes copper if I have them. Solder or crimp on. I have in a pinch used the crush part of a pop rivet.
     
  12. Blade58
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    I have seen the wires with the tips ,spring ,a new phenolic washer for single or dual filament bulbs as a replacement or with a new socket at swap meets
     
  13. Fat47
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    I see them at every swap meet and NAPA and other parts stores stock them
     
  14. Razorback1999
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    Thank you, I didn't know what they where called and was having a hard time finding them. I kept trying to look up button connectors and nothing was coming up.
     
  15. Razorback1999
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    I'm not sure wondering if led would fit.
     

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