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Old 08-04-2004, 11:54 AM
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C-6 Nuetral safety switch rewire

I have a 1983 ford f-250 and the quick connect plug from the nuetral safety switch to the main wiring harness is rotted. I want to hardwire it and remove the plug. The problem is the colors on the wires from the tran to the plug do not match the wires coming out of the plug to the main harness.

I could just try to match them in the plug but I am unsure if some wire are shared by others wired due to the rotting of the plug.

Any Ideas?? or has anyone dissassembled the male to female plug.

Yes I could just go to junkyard and cut one off an old 250 but the hardwire option would be easier and less hassle if anyone knows if the wires are directly connected and not shared in the plug.

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On my C6 (from a 79 f-150) there are two wires at the switch for the neutral safety (in and out are both red/blue) and two wires for the reverse lights (white/pink from the fuse and black/red to the back up light(s).

(Edited later) --- I just checked one of my Chiltons books and it has a wiring diagram for the '83 F Series but it does not include the neutral safety switch in the diagram. Bummer. It does show the backup light switch as a separate switch, however, so I'm guessing my info for the '79 will be pretty useless to you. Hopefully somebody on the forum will have a better wiring diagram for the '83 than I have.

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Thanks for the help.

I am just going to take an OHM meter and pierce the wire on one side of the plug and pierce the wires on the other side until I get a reading. Then cut and connect those two wires. Do this untill all 4 are hardwired together, and the plug is out of use.

This should work since the plug is still installed, corroded but still working.

Any Ideas. I think this will work.
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Should do the trick. Just don't do what I did. When I put in my B&M shifter (which has it's own safety switch and backup light switch) I crossed the neutral safety (which is hot only when the ignition is in the "Start" position) with the backup light (which is hot in the "start", "on" and "accessory" position). It was quite a surprise the first time I turned her over and it wouldn't stop crankin'

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