I've reworked my tail/brake/backup lights on my 1963 Series 62 convertible, but the wire connectors from the trunk to behind the license plate are just not dependable. I've tried cleaning the leads, bending the leads, and a host of other cleaning and mechanical adjustments, but they just won't stay snug and electrically connected.

I'm looking for an replacement connector set. It looks like connectors similar to the original are not available anywhere. I suspect the best solution is either to hardwire or do a three prong connector set with the connectors in the trunk and the wires run through a rubber gasket to behind the license plate. Any thoughts on the best approach and what type of connector to use?

It's these connectors (pushed into trunk in photo):

Here's a picture with them in place behind the license plate:

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If your plastic shell is still good, not burnt, you can replace the terminals one at a time, they are made of brass and can be removed with a paper clip or similar tool.  You will need to cut the wires and crimp new ends on, and they should last another 50 years.   Search for Packard 56 terminals, and you'll find them on ebay, amazon, etc., and also find probably some videos on how to remove them from the plastic shell and the tool needed to crimp them.

If you don't mind splicing in ... on the trunk harness side I have VG trunk harness rubber push in grommet/connector with a good length of pigtail wire for each for $20.   I also have the complete trunk wiring harness for $45 in VG used condition, but you can splice and it would never be see as the wire runs under the trunk floor mat.
On the tail lamp/courtesy lamp side with the female connectors that push in to the rubber grommet/connector as seen in your 2nd picture, I have connectors with a good length of pigtail for $20 for the set of 2.  If you buy inners and outers I would plug together and make sure they have continuity. 

I can ship any of this for $8 with 2 to 3 day priority to U.S. destinations.  If interested in going the VG used route, shoot me an email to jasonedge@nc.rr.com and let me know what you are interested in.

Just replace the terminals in the male connector. Those are the ones that expand and get loose.  I use a tiny jewelers screw driver.

I'm getting an error trying to add a file. Go to my facebook group to see how to remove the terminals.

Mark and Russ - Thanks for the tip and diagram on replacing the terminals. I just did it, and it did the trick!

Jason - Thanks for the offer on the parts, won't need them now, but I'm sure we'll be doing business soon enough!

Congrats, on the fix. Always better to repair what you have!

Just glad I can help out. 

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