Has anyone ever heard of a female version connector that would connect to the wires that plug into the printed circuit on a 70-72 so you don't have to butcher that connection upon installation of a custom set of gauges?
That is too bad about the set up costs.... I certainly looked for alternatives for quite a while before cutting the end off my dash harness.GM never made this, no. It does not existed as theory had no reason to make it since it strictly was used in a PC board application.
We looked into tooling it for the very reason you're inquiring about and the tooling alone was over 20K. Then you had to purchase a few thousand pieces to get the piece price to anything close to reasonable ($3.50 ea.). Bottom line... you'd end up having about 32K tied up in 3,000 pieces and a lifetime supply of the parts. Obviously, we passed.
What are you trying to do? Who's dash are you installing? Why not make a dis-connect as we do with our Classic Update kit? I may be able to suggest a few pretty slick ways to do this instead of screw-lugs. Just a thought.I have decided to cut the plug off and connect all the wires through this junction block. Figure this will look a lot cleaner than splicing all the wires together.
I'm going with a Dakota Digital setup this winter. I didn't care for the thought of just cutting the plug off or splicing the wires together to get to there control box.What are you trying to do? Who's dash are you installing? Why not make a dis-connect as we do with our Classic Update kit? I may be able to suggest a few pretty slick ways to do this instead of screw-lugs. Just a thought.
We researched that connector for a long time, and spoke with many industry partners and there just isn't the interest in the part that you have put forth. The instance of people doing what you are doing is minimal at best. We even spoke with the custom gauge manufacturers who could have used it in their conversions that we actually build all the harnesses for, and they were not even remotely interested at all. It's just too much money for the part, and even if you used 100 a year at 30 bucks a piece, you wouldn't get your money back for about 11 years. An extremely bad investment business-wise.
OK, so cut the connector off your wires, put different terminals and connector on them, and put the mating end onto your wires to the control box, making your own disconnect. That was the other reason that no one would buy that connector for 40 or 50 bucks. You can achieve the exact same thing by making your own disconnect for 10-20 bucks depending on what you choose to use as terminals and connectors. That is exactly what we do with our Classic Update kits, and we've sold 10's of thousand of them and never had a complaint about it.I'm going with a Dakota Digital setup this winter. I didn't care for the thought of just cutting the plug off or splicing the wires together to get to there control box.