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Old 03-05-2011, 07:46 AM
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1964 ford falcon dome light wire

Has anyone tried to rewire a dome light AFTER the headliner was up and done? That is to say is there a way to run a new wire to the dome light with the headliner on? I fond the wire for the dome light when I was rewiring and gave it a tug to see if it was held securely and it came apart in my hand, good thing I didn't put power to it.
this is on a 64 Falcon 2 door hardtop, thanks in advance

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You might be able to fish the line through if there is a gap between the headliner and the roof of the car. You would have to get a fish tape reel from say Lowes or your local hardware store. You would push that tape through under the headliner till it pops out near where the wires come up and then you would hook the wires to it and pull it back till it comes out near the dome. It also depends on how easy the dome is to remove. You need to be able to get behind the dome to put the fish tape in. I don't know how feasible it is on your car, but I think I might be able to do it on my 68 caddy if I had to.
The reel will be in the electrical section, near where they have other electrical tools. They are used to pull wires through walls and ceilings and such.
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Let's put this in Electrical also.

There's no way to know where the wire is supposed to go unless you can see the original wire. I think you're going to have a very hard time re-wiring the dome light without at least opening up the side of the headliner that the wire is on.
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I'd remove the dvr's side A pillar trim and use a thin stiff wire and, as suggested above, fish it to the dome light opening..... hook a pair of 12 gage wires on to it and pull it back to the A pillar and down to where the original wires should be hooked..... one side is switched 12v hot and the other should be hooked thru the door switches to ground..... hence you open the door and the ground is completed and the light lights
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This car has a headliner hung from bows which require gripper strips attached with screws over the door opening in the area the wire would have to run. The headliner fabric is tucked under the gripper strip, which will have to come down to run a new wire. At a minimum, that will require opening up the headliner on the driver's side, and possibly taking down the entire headliner.
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Oh well I think I'll skip the dome light till I need a new headliner, the one I have now is pretty sweet- Thanks for the responses
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you can snake the wires thru the supports
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Standard electrical fish tape is too big to fit easily, especially since its relatively wide and is crimped over on the end. I've had better luck with using some relatively stiff round wire, like the wire you might use to tie chain link fence to a pole, or wire used for an electrical ground. Its similar in diameter to coat hangar wire, but without any kinks in it.

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