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what is the best way to tap into the negative side of the coil for aftermarket tach?
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I am adding an aftermarket tach.  the factory tach works fine, just hard to see.
I expected to find studs with a nut on the coil, but it uses right angled pressure fit caps.  with a stud and nut, adding a tach wire would be easy.  I'm not sure the best way to tap the neg wire with these pressure fit caps. any ideas?[Image: coil-connection.jpg]

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A ring connector and a very thin nut so the 90* connector can still slip on. Or...you can tap into the wire with the 90* connector that goes to the distributor.

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There used to be a short wire adapter for connecting tachometers to Ford coils. They were about an inch long with a ring terminal on one end and a male bullet connector on the other end. The ring terminal and a ring terminal on the lead from the tachometer connected to the stud on the coil, and the 90° push on connector went on the male bullet connector. If you want to make one I would solder both the ring and bullet connectors to the short wire and then use waterproof heat shrink on them.

There also used to be a kind of spring push on fork terminal that was thin enough to go under the 90° connector. I looked in my assortment of wire terminals, thought I might have one, and online, but no luck.

I prefer good connections and would cut off the 90° terminal, solder on a ring terminal to the coil wire, no chance of it coming loose, then.



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there are these right angled friction fittings used all ready the car....the other I found today by accident, aka the neutral safety switch ...I prefer nuts and bolts. these things are old and don't stay put
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They were an assembly line thing, much faster to stick one of them on than have to dig a nut out of the bin and thread and tighten it.



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(08-03-2019, 02:20 PM)midlife Wrote: A ring connector and a very thin nut so the 90* connector can still slip on.  Or...you can tap into the wire with the 90* connector that goes to the distributor.


Used this method many times, works great.


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i used a ring fitting but it was not tight enough to the coil stud at first so I crimped it in place. the factory friction fitting still has plenty of bite.
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