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Username Post: Ignition switch connector        (Topic#361017)
Blackimpala 
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Blackimpala
Loc: Colville Wa
Reg: 04-15-04
05-18-20 05:27 PM - Post#2794148    

I have done my due diligent searches plus google. I have a bad connector on the back of my 60 Impala ignition switch wiring. Intermittently the engine will just quit running after "fiddling",technical term,with the connector I'm good again. Does anyone know of an aftermarket source for them?

Thanks for any help.
Floyd




 


Bcrem 
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Bcrem
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05-18-20 05:43 PM - Post#2794154    
    In response to Blackimpala

After a 25 year restoration back in 2016 I registered my 59 impala I was thrilled things were great for a very short while when one day I was going along and the engine just quit I got out and checked under the hood and could find nothing I fiddled with the ignition and after a few tries it started. That same day on the way back home it happened 2 more times. I put a new ignition switch in and have never had a problem since keep us updated on the problem and hope I was of some help



 
ragtp66 
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Reg: 12-09-07
05-18-20 07:53 PM - Post#2794163    
    In response to Blackimpala

Most of the companies that reproduce the wiring will not sell the connectors separately so you may have to find a good used one which is not easy as most are either brittle or melted from age or overloading. The switch itself could be the issue and not the connector sometimes the spade connectors are loose and will make intermittent contact. Also the bulkhead connectors are always suspect once they get water in and corrosion sets in. Since the problem changes doing a wiggle test I suspect you are working in the right neighbor hood. Take some time and inspect the plastic connector, the terminal ends on the wiring and the ignition switch itself and you should be able to narrow it down.

I would suggest looking for either a good used AC DELCO or NOS ignition switch, most of the aftermarket stuff seems to be very hit or miss.

My final bit of advice is to thoroughly inspect ALL of the wiring these cars are in the neighborhood of 60yrs old and between just age as well as previous owners "modifications" to put it nicely most original wiring should be replaced. Great winter project you can do yourself if you have some space and patience. A whole wiring kit for an original type harness is usually about $1500 give or take a few bucks guys will drop the same on wheels and tires but find every excuse under the sun to NOT replace the wiring. If they won't pop for a harness I would hope they would at least spend $50 and pick up a decent fire extinguisher. I learned long ago it is very cheap insurance and hopefully you never need it but could also come in handy for the guy parked next to you that would not pony up for one either.


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japete92 
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Loc: No. Virginia
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05-19-20 06:43 AM - Post#2794187    
    In response to Blackimpala

  • Blackimpala Said:
I have done my due diligent searches plus google. I have a bad connector on the back of my 60 Impala ignition switch wiring. Intermittently the engine will just quit running after "fiddling",technical term,with the connector I'm good again. Does anyone know of an aftermarket source for them?

Thanks for any help.
Floyd




You may (emphasis on may) just need some house keeping on the male and female metal connectors to remove corrosion. Some steel wool (or other abrasive tool) on the male. Anything you can get 'in' the female (a very small screw driver?) to scrape as much 'stuff' off as you can.

Pete




 
Blackimpala 
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Blackimpala
Loc: Colville Wa
Reg: 04-15-04
05-19-20 07:30 AM - Post#2794189    
    In response to ragtp66

Thanks to all that took the time to respond to my dilima. All this happened AFTER I replaced the switch with a NOS switch. I had a hard time removing the old one, one of the blade terms was stuck and I think I damaged the connector during removal. Sounds like I will have to go about the repair in a different way.

Floyd



 
Russ 
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Russ
Loc: Sacramento, CA USA
Reg: 12-16-99
05-19-20 09:27 AM - Post#2794195    
    In response to Blackimpala

I'll second the advice of replacing the wiring. We did this in 2000 when we got our Impala back on the road. I have not had a single wiring issue in 20 years.



 
junky 
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Loc: Northeast CT
Reg: 06-27-10
05-20-20 07:49 PM - Post#2794338    
    In response to Blackimpala

Post a picture of the terminal end, and I might recognize the terminal pattern. I know that many times the connectors are the same as other cars, however, the switch isn't the same on the key side.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Chair City 
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Loc: Thomasville, NC USA
Reg: 01-24-04
05-21-20 06:35 AM - Post#2794377    
    In response to Blackimpala

I have a 1960 dash harness with the ign. switch connector which looks to be good. I can cut it from the harness and its yours for the shipping cost if you want it. Send me a PM.

1960 Impala Spt. Cpe. Now in my son's garage


 


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