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'65 melted dimmer switch


Recently my headlights stopped working. Previously all lights worked, including the high-beam light on the dash. I checked the fuse box but I don't believe the headlights run through it...
The dash dimmer switch works fine (I get everything except headlights). After reading through others on the forum with the same issue, I grabbed my multi-meter and headed towards the floor mounted dimmer switch to determine if it's the cause of my issue. Once I pulled the carpet I was greeted with what appears to be a melted dimmer pigtail connector as shown in my photos. Should I even troubleshoot further or assume this 50+ year old switch decided it was time for a fish-fry...

Could someone confirm the following for me, please:

Are these the correct parts to replace.

a. The Pigtail connector that fried:

b. A new floor dimmer switch:

Also, any reason I should not keep the original wires since they appear pretty good? I assume I just splice in and replace the connector.
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I have repaired several gm's with the same problem ...

andbasically the same repair your doing with no issues...

I would solder the wires and use shrink tubing .....

good find ,,,,

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Very common issue, I recently replaced the connector on my '66.
Just the connector as the wires were good, with a small screw driver flatten tabs and release.
Cleaned the electrical connectors and all is good.

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