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Old 10-22-2020, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Bullet connector crimping tool

The bullet connectors on my 38 have four (opposing) crimps per below photo; the Lucas style crimping tool I have simply mashes the connector.

What is the correct tool to achieve the original style crimp ?

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Old 10-22-2020, 01:45 PM   #2
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I don't have a picture, have the tool, pliers with hole, as squeeze 4 pins crimp, has end cap to position connecter
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:50 PM   #3
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There is a pliers type tool that you put the bullet connector
in, squeeze the handles and a bunch of little pins come in
and squeeze the recessed part of the bullet. G.M.
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Or you could solder them to the wire(s).
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:56 PM   #5
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i solder them much. better than a crimp
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Old 10-22-2020, 03:07 PM   #6
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When I ordered my new wiring harness from http://www.riwire.com/ I also ordered some extra bullet connectors for circuits that I was adding.
Some suppliers only supply machined bullets that will not crimp but fracture and should only be soldered.
Did a little massaging on one of my tools and it worked for me.
The trick is not to over crimp.




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Old 10-22-2020, 04:11 PM   #7
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Interesting - I have an old Radio Shack crimper now begging for a date with the Dremel !
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:22 PM   #8
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Also, as an experiment, I’m going to borrow a Triumph / Norton hexagonal crimper and see how (if) this works on Dennis Carpenter brass bullet connectors
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Old 10-22-2020, 06:21 PM   #9
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I soldered all mine - that's my vote very easy
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Old 10-24-2020, 08:07 AM   #10
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CW Moss has the (hopefully softer) white metal bullet connectors in their Model A catalogue; the hard brass ones from Carpenter and RI Wiring both seem to be solder only propositions due to hardness. Will update once new tool arrives and will try on both “hard” and “soft” connectors
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CW Moss has the (hopefully softer) white metal bullet connectors in their Model A catalogue; the hard brass ones from Carpenter and RI Wiring both seem to be solder only propositions due to hardness. Will update once new tool arrives and will try on both “hard” and “soft” connectors
The bullets that I got from RI wire are (soft brass) crimp and solder, the same as they list now.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:23 AM   #12
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Eureka ! The Bonneville Shop, which specializes in Brit bikes like Triumph and Norton, just delivered a ratcheting hexagonal bullet crimper capable of forming perfect crimps on both hardened and white metal bullet connectors. Between this and a dab of solder, the connections on my 38 should be good for another 80+ years
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Photo included: Lucas style on top (worthless POS), Bonneville Shop below

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Old 10-26-2020, 10:36 AM   #14
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Nice. That's a pricey little tool at $95 though.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:00 AM   #15
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It is, but you know how it can be with purpose-built tools
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Here's the crimper I have--- 4 pins crimp at same time
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Here's the crimper I have--- 4 pins crimp at same time
Any idea on the brand?
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That's a Buchanan....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/153413606656
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:13 PM   #19
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Spot on, and a great price
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:52 PM   #20
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I have a bunch of Daniels crimpers for aircraft use that are 4-way. The large size is less common but they are out there.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:20 PM   #21
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There’s a lot of these crimpers on eBay.
Another company is Winchester electronics.
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The throat looks too small to accept the bullet head to me but you can only see so much from the pictures.

I have one that I have used for Deutsche pins.
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on mine there is a insert made to hold the terminal in the proper place, both depth and centering---you may need to modify or make one to fit the terminals you are using
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The throat looks too small to accept the bullet head to me but you can only see so much from the pictures.

I have one that I have used for Deutsche pins.
Crimpers designed for use with Deutsch connector contacts will crimp at 4X positions. There are a variety of Deutsch contact sizes, so there's likely a tool that could be used for these bullet style terminals.

The quality tools are expensive, though, and the cheap ones often don't crimp worth a damn.
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Yes, the question is do the Buchanan crimpers have a large enough throat for the bullet connectors? The one I have for Deutsche connectors will not work.



Just trying to caution anyone thinking about buying one without checking this first. Perhaps someone here can confirm or not that the Buchanan will work. Lots of the offerings on ebay I doubt will accept the bullet.
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Yes, the question is do the Buchanan crimpers have a large enough throat for the bullet connectors? The one I have for Deutsche connectors will not work.



Just trying to caution anyone thinking about buying one without checking this first. Perhaps someone here can confirm or not that the Buchanan will work. Lots of the offerings on ebay I doubt will accept the bullet.
Use caution because virtually all the Buchanan crimpers that I see offered on Ebay are for different applications and not for the 3/16" Ford type bullet.
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Most 4-way crimp tools have a variety of pin positioning tools for all sorts of different size pins. The Buchanan C24 tool looks to be large enough but it's made for simple barrel type crimp terminal sleeves. There would be no positioners but terminals may still be crimped without positioners if the operator is careful.

Some of these tools are set to crimp all the way before the tool releases and opens the jaws for terminal removal. It just depends on how they are adjusted for depth of crimp as to how well they do the job. If the tool isn't adjustable & doesn't lock on the terminal then crimp depth would have to be judged by the operator of the tool.
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