For those that still want to make their own cables, a harness connector that fits the aldl connector is used in a few places on our cars. (most notably the climate control)
This makes connecting/disconnecting the cable a breeze.
If you can't find one locally, I have a few of these harness connectors available for those that want to make their own cables.
Cover the shipping, and I'll get one in the mail for you.
The satisfaction of building your own cable is priceless.