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Old 02-12-2018, 03:24 PM   #1
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Twist lock to pigtail

Does anyone know if there are pigtail type instrument lights to replace the twist lock. I am considering hard-wiring my instrument bezel, lights and gauges with a plug-in harness. Not keen on modifying the holes that the twist lock lights go into so I'd much rather find a replacement that fits but uses pigtails instead of the plastic with copper traces. Hope that made sense. I've looked but maybe I just don't know the proper search terms to use.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #2
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Re: Twist lock to pigtail

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Does anyone know if there are pigtail type instrument lights to replace the twist lock. I am considering hard-wiring my instrument bezel, lights and gauges with a plug-in harness. Not keen on modifying the holes that the twist lock lights go into so I'd much rather find a replacement that fits but uses pigtails instead of the plastic with copper traces. Hope that made sense. I've looked but maybe I just don't know the proper search terms to use.

Not saying there isn't, but I have never seen anything like that. I suppose the twist in's could be modified.

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Old 02-12-2018, 08:08 PM   #3
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Re: Twist lock to pigtail

I made my own harness and used this style, push right in, no changes. Its what was used on older 50's-60's cars. It uses a bayonet bulb. I also didnt want to use the printed circuit because of mods done.
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Re: Twist lock to pigtail

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Does anyone know if there are pigtail type instrument lights to replace the twist lock. I am considering hard-wiring my instrument bezel, lights and gauges with a plug-in harness. Not keen on modifying the holes that the twist lock lights go into so I'd much rather find a replacement that fits but uses pigtails instead of the plastic with copper traces. Hope that made sense. I've looked but maybe I just don't know the proper search terms to use.
There are plenty of different multi-wire connectors out there for use in industrial equipment.

How many wires are there in our dash board clusters? 16, 18 maybe?

Amphenol comes to mind. Here is a sample.


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Old 02-12-2018, 11:51 PM   #5
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Re: Twist lock to pigtail

If i understand you correctly, you are looking for a replacement twist lock socket that has "2" pigtail leads so you can wire each one as you wish! If so i know there is a side marker light replacement socket with a pair of leads and the socket is a molded hard plastic. I used a few of these for a cluster mod so i could make a 'CRIUSE" light come on when engaged. One lead went to 12 volts "+" and the ground was supplied from the cruise box
when engaged. It twisted into the cluster tin surround, but the hard plastic socket was not affected by the tin surround.
Looked and found where i posted the info, under "electric speedo" search quere, the first search result look at page 13, post 321, i posted a STARDARD MOTOR PRODUCT "HP 4060" hp= handy pack, and the 4060 is a molded rubber/plastic 4 lug twist socket with 2 leads. The only thing you will need to do is take an exacto knife and trim/remove 2 of the 4 lugs. works great, no issues.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:59 PM   #6
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Re: Twist lock to pigtail

Thank you for all the replies. I've been having a very difficult time trying to find what I'm looking for so I suppose they aren't common or don't exist. I will look at modifying the four lug type as suggested. Thanks again
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:36 PM   #7
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try marker light bulb sockets lots of them are 2 wire holders and use a peanut bulb
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:41 AM   #8
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There are plenty of different multi-wire connectors out there for use in industrial equipment.

How many wires are there in our dash board clusters? 16, 18 maybe?

Amphenol comes to mind. Here is a sample.


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That's a good idea for the harness, one that hadn't occurred to me. Thanks
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If i understand you correctly, you are looking for a replacement twist lock socket that has "2" pigtail leads so you can wire each one as you wish! If so i know there is a side marker light replacement socket with a pair of leads and the socket is a molded hard plastic. I used a few of these for a cluster mod so i could make a 'CRIUSE" light come on when engaged. One lead went to 12 volts "+" and the ground was supplied from the cruise box
when engaged. It twisted into the cluster tin surround, but the hard plastic socket was not affected by the tin surround.
Looked and found where i posted the info, under "electric speedo" search quere, the first search result look at page 13, post 321, i posted a STARDARD MOTOR PRODUCT "HP 4060" hp= handy pack, and the 4060 is a molded rubber/plastic 4 lug twist socket with 2 leads. The only thing you will need to do is take an exacto knife and trim/remove 2 of the 4 lugs. works great, no issues.
I have a bunch of the 4 lug laying around. I'll try cutting them and see how it goes. Thanks
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