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Tom, those are really fine looking tools and connectors!
I have a very good cutter/crimper from Anchor Electronics in Santa Clara. It’s a real throwback to the kind of places that used to be all over the South Bay. You can also try Fry’s, which used to have a wide array of tools and parts in Sunnyvale and on line.
I recommend getting conductive electrical grease in real amounts instead of the tiny tubes from auto parts stores. I’ve cleaned and greased every contact in the Amphicar, and never have corrosion issues.
On Nov 18, 2020, at 12:50, Tom Rymes <tom@...> wrote:
I bought an EDIS kit from a fellow in CA for my '71 XJ6 a few
years back, and that came with connectors that needed a proper
crimping tool, but resulted in a very high quality "B" crimp (for
lack of a better term). I'm sure that they are available
elsewhere, perhaps even at the link below, but the only place I
managed to find them is at AutoSparks in the UK, or perhaps
British Auto Wire in the US (though their prices are often higher
than buying direct from AutoSparks).
These crimps are so much better than what you get out of parts
store "crush" crimps that I still can't figure out why this isn't
what you normally find everywhere. I'm sure that there's a reason,
but I can't figure it out.
Does anyone have another good source?
On 11/17/2020 4:56 PM, justin.pirie
+1 on Global Metrics for fasteners, did not know they did
Re connectors, there's a lot of personal preference in selecting
them. I have crimpers and connector sets for Weatherpack,
Metripack and AMP. Weatherpack is decent but is limited to 10A
IIRC. Metripack 280 is 20A IIRC. Both of those are bulky IMO but
fine for automotive and a lot of modern stuff uses it anyway.
The nice crimpers will do the whole crimp at once vs the cheap
ones, but at 10x the price. My current favorite crimpers are the
Pressmaster interchangeable series.
my favorites for cheap crimpers- Metri and Weatherpack for
Make sure you buy the relevant de-pinning tools.
My next foray is into Deutsch, as they have good current carrying
capacity for the physical size and the crimping tools are
There are tons of cheap Chinese knockoff connectors on Amazon for
all the connector types. I've had decent success with them but
they're definitely not OEM quality! YMMV