The Beast gets rewired finally

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Aceshigh, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. 327 BlackBird

    327 BlackBird Veteran Member

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    haaaaaaaaaaaaaa, your clusterfook of wires looks like mine!!!!!!!!!


    WELCOME TO MY WORLD!
     
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    My own personal hell...
    Ace, American Auto Wire sells every connector you'd need for your car. They also sell new tangs so you don't have to reuse any of the old ones. I used a Classic Update kit to rewire a '68 Camaro and had to call to order up a couple extra connectors for the car. They sell them all. Well, all as far as I know. Oh, and I hope you remember to loom, lay out, and clean up your loom before terminating any connections. Run the wires the way you want it so it looks plenty clean and then connect to your plugs. I think wiring can be fun, actually. Then again, I'm a little sick in the head anyway.
     
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    Believe it or not, I am having fun doing this. :)
    I love to learn. The length of time I feared electrical, and now finally
    having an understanding of it has given me all kinds of enthusiasm
    and motivation now.

    I already figured the part out about running the wires and looming them
    BEFORE connecting anything permanently. I don't want a cluster fook again.
    So this time everything will have small drip loops, and it will be tight!!!!

    As for AAW carrying ALL the connectors.....I might call them for a few new one's.
    Thanks.

    That's all gone already. :cool: Gutted it all Friday.

    I've already laid out a few of the new harnesses, just have to determine
    final location of the new fuse panel before I actually begin looming things
    together permanently.

    This is actually alot simpler then I anticipated.
     
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    Way to go Stace. That elect. stuff was/is a bit intimidating to me.:rolleyes: :whine:
     
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    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Jim,

    The breaking point is learning to read a wiring schematic. :)
    Which really......isn't as ominous as it seems.
    If you can read a road atlas.....you can read a schematic

    I bought color ones that make it even easier.
     
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    Alright, then you are just taking the wires straight off the fuse block putting it into the old connector that connects to the wiring harness near the back seat.

    I got ya, plus they sent extra pins for the connectors I guess.
     
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    Yeah - it is kinda daunting...but you just have to start with one wire.

    The biggest problem I had was using a partial harness as much as possible (my exterior lighting harness is uncut - thank goodness) but I bought a roller body and ran all new wires for the push-button starter as well as all the gauges (Autometer).

    Fuse EVERYTHING.
     
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    I ain't scared of doing the electrical part of it, just looking at what comes with the kit.

    The AAW claims to be a plug and go set up if you get the resto version.

    But I was wondering if they had extra spots for electric fuel pump and electric fans.
     
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    Good progress, Aces! :D
    Congrats on learning and doing it!

    I understand most of the wiring in our cars but I've never pulled it out and redone it.
    I've only added more stuff to mine and never want to start from scratch.

    Cody brings up a good point... How is your fuel pump wired?
     
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    Their restoration line would be exactly how the car would be on the day it was built. However, AAW has told me in the past they will add provisions for such things as EFI, fuel pumps, etc. Give them a call and see what they will do for you. I've used AAW for years now with the vettes at the shop. Their stuff is top notch and they really know what they are doing.

    Good luck Ace. It's time consuming but not difficult if you are following schematics. Sounds to me like you're well on your way and doing fine. I'll be wiring my LT1 in soon on my TA. I'm integrating that harness to the factory wires though. One thing you may want to consider is pulling all the fuses out of the block before you connect the battery up. Then one by one add them in once the battery is connected and check the circuit to ensure nothing is going wrong.
     

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