post #1 of Old 03-03-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Harness-Side Connector for 4.2l Distributor

Folks;

After doing a lot of searching, and seeing people's posts about not being able to find connectors, plus with some vague mentions of the wiring for the 4.2l 1990's being done by a motorcraft company, I finally tracked down a part that, with a minor modification, connects right up to a stock distributor.

I'm going back to stock from the HEI that I had in there, and needed the connector on the harness side, hence the search. I'm posting my results here for others to find.

First, NAPA sells an ECHLIN line of parts, and I tracked down a connector for a 1985 Ford Mustang. The part number is EC72 :



There are a few "problems" with this part, but nothing that is correctable :
  1. It doesn't have the plastic "latch" that the stock parts do. However, it is snug enough that this shouldn't be a problem.
  2. It has two "barbs" on the side that act as guides. These are only a problem until you cut them off of the part.
  3. It has four wires, not three - two of those four connect to the same terminal, so it's easy enough to clip one of those two shorter, and then tape it up against it's sibling wire with some electrical tape.

With the barbs cut off, it looked like a good candidate for me to be able to use the stock dist :



And, it fit just wonderfully :



Hopefully, this can help anyone trying to rebuild a harness, who needs to track down some unobtainium.

Joe
'90 4.2l

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post #2 of Old 06-26-2012, 01:47 PM
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I have one question for you. You mention that it has four wires and you cut one of them. Did you splice it into the other wire or leave it not connected? I am unsure what you did from your explanation. I need to do this to mine because my harness melted on the one side. thanks,
Steve
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I have one question for you. You mention that it has four wires and you cut one of them. Did you splice it into the other wire or leave it not connected? I am unsure what you did from your explanation. I need to do this to mine because my harness melted on the one side. thanks,
Steve
I ended up soldering those two wires together where I connected them into the harness. Then, I "buddy taped" them together.

Joe
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