As you can see, the basic electrical print circuit (above) was a bit rough, and the "deluxe" one (below) was not in such great shape either. And yes, I was able to solder to the printed circuit where necessary, without any problems, by just scuffing the area (all the soldering I did was in the bay where the plug went in), applying flux and 'tinning' the copper pathway before soldering a 'tinned' wire onto it. You can't see examples of this in this pic, those connections happened after, but you can see a couple of tinned pathway ends in the plug bay area of the printed circuit that I had wires soldered to, before realizing that I could just use a wire and round terminal end direct to the gauge, bypassing the printed circuit altogether (for that gauge), so I did. It just seemed like a stronger connection that way too, so I did it that way when I could.
So here is a pic of the 'deluxe' cluster about to go into the hole in the dash that the first one came out of. You can see the different printed circuit that was modified using wire, solder, and a re-purposed disconnect plug to be able to disconnect the cluster in the future while not disrupting the 'patch' connections that are on the factory 'smaller' connector.
Extra points for anyone who recognizes what the red ford factory plug that I utilized, is from!
I should mention a couple of things here, I did not hook up the ammeter gauge. From what I have read, it is not safe to do so, and if you look closely, you can see the burned circuit that shows what could happen (dash fire!). The burned circuit had nothing to do with me, it was like that when I pulled the cluster from the donor truck. I hate that stupid gauge anyway, it never moves, and tells me almost nothing. I would prefer a simple 'volts' gauge in its place. (which I may do in the future)
And the other thing I wanted to mention was that I hadn't hooked up the 2 blinkers and the high beams at this point, as I was still experimenting and just wanted to see if I could get the gauges to work, and if so, I would complete the rest later. I ended up finishing everything (except the ammeter) but I didn't take pictures of that part. (sorry)
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on Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:26 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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