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Author Topic: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly  (Read 586 times)

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Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« on: April 04, 2021, 01:38:06 pm »
Hello, I have an original Ford fridge which attaches to the floor on the seat fixings.

I have put 12V across the pins and it works but I don't have a cable for permanent connection.

The connector is 2 pins - please see photo.

Can anyone advise what type it is so I can make up a cable?


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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2021, 07:08:29 pm »
Thanks @Chrispb , I became fixated on the fridge and didn't really look for the cable. I note these types have a polarity but I don't think the fridge connector does, as it is effectively a DC motor, I will check for rotation direction.

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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2021, 08:27:47 am »
UPDATE - I purchased ebay item 384025536931 and the connectors in the cable are too close together...


Does anyone have any other ideas before I put the fridge up for sale?


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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2021, 08:52:32 am »
Could you just solder on a new plug, make sure you insulate the prongs well though to avoid a short circuit. Maybe add an inline fuse while you’re at it too just for peace of mind
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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2021, 11:41:07 am »
Thank you for your reply.

I need to know what connector type it is to buy either a socket to wire up myself or cable assembly.

An earlier response indicated I needed a standard car fridge lead but it appears not.


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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2021, 02:42:25 pm »
I would call Fords in the morning and ask them for the part, their friendly parts department will be happy to assist
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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2021, 06:07:44 pm »
Measure the size of the socket as there are different size plugs for in car fridge units. 14mm,18mm etc. Failing that use some butt type connectors the same size as the pins.

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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2021, 03:21:19 am »
the pic doesn't tell us much
but I reckon its a Dometic RC1080-2
pic here



Judging by the design, I'd say its a peltier type which apart from
the fan is solid state.
Making up a connector would be the least of my concerns, that's easy.
Before wasting any time and money on a 20 year old car fridge, I'd patch a lead in to test it first to see how well and how fast it cools and what power it uses.
I'd also want to ensure the insulation is up to snuff as well
I'll guess it's probably around 50W so may want 3-4 amps, possibly more.
Fine if driving but not if in use when parked up overnight, that would be close to having a single dipped headlight on all night.

Also, a Peltier device relies on efficient heat transfer through a semiconductor sandwiched between two heat sinks.
Like a PC cpu, thermal transfer paste is probably used to facilite
the absorbtion of heat through the device to the cooling side where the fan
helps dissipate it.
If the paste has deteriorated over time it can lose thermal efficiency leading to the device over heating locally and failing.

Peltier coolers are certainly compact but not known for effiency at the best of times, if it were mine I'd treat it with some suspicion until/unless it proved to be actually useful.



 




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Re: Cable connector for fridge unit from Mk1 Gaxaly
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2021, 02:57:02 pm »
Thank you for the further responses.

Today, I had a little time and "encouraged" the connector a bit and managed to get it to make contact with the pins and the unit works.

I appreciate the support provided by everyone who posted in this thread.

 

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