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Old 09-18-2010, 04:22 PM
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41 - 48 Chevy Door Wires

Just finished an attempt to put braided stainless steel wire looms on the doors of my 41 Chevy. So now I know that won't work (and I have two more holes to fill).

I have three wires on the driver's side and five wires on the passenger's side which need to go to the door. One ground. One controlled hot for the solenoid. One hot for the power windows. Pair of dashboard window switch wires (passenger side only).

So, all you guys with 41 - 48 Chevs, how did you get wires into the doors?

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Old 09-18-2010, 05:50 PM
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Just some Ideas

I hav'nt tried that myself, but I have seen accordian type tubes in KW truck doors, that would look classy, I have done some wiring, and know that the wires in the frame opening for the door should be secured, and the wires passing in to the door need, a slack measure of the wires in the door, so that they slide into the door when it is closed.
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I think an accordion type tube which would mount inside the door might do the job. Got any more info on the size of the KW piece?
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:07 PM
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No one has 41 - 48 Chevy with wires going into the doors?
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Here is another option:

Magnum Shooters


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These work great on vehicles with external hinges and tight door jambs.

The only disadvantage is that you can't run the window up or down if the door is open.

Hope this helps...
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:27 PM
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here's a picture of my solution

hope this helps
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What brand are those?
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I really can't remember, I bought so many parts long before I needed them. I'll think on it and it may come to me.
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i'm not sure how your 41 door hinges, but i had the same problem with my 58 truck.
i tried ss braided looms but they wouldn't handle the hinge geometry or the 1/2'' door gap when closed.
i have 8 wires and a mechanical safety cable for my shaved door handles run thru my home made door looms


open position


close position


these to longer to design in my head than to build.
of course i made the drivers door first and made the better pass door next.
the tube is 3/4'' square Al, flat plate is 1/4x2x4.5 Al.
i used a 1/8x1.5'' roll pin for the pivot. loose hole in the tube tight hole in the plate.
all material were bought at the local home depot store
for the door (pass) i used a 1.25'' hole saw and then made a 2'' square plexiglass bushing with a square hole as a guide.
i used double sided tape to hold the bushing on the inside of the door.
i made a square hole in my drivers door, the square tube hits the edge and makes a screeching sound when i open the door.
i solve this (and made it easy to cut the hole) by using a 1.25'' hole saw to cut the pass door.
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this is the hinge/door geometry i had to deal with.

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Good ideas.

Joe G - I am afraid that the way the door closes, yours would hang up. The door almost "drops" into the opening. The ones that slide like Dale showed would probably work better.

ogre - impressive! My problem is like yours only worse. The door goes a lot further forward when open. Almost like the inner panel is on the same plane as the jamb when open. Not quite, but almost. Instead of 3/4" maybe 1/4".

Anyone else? Or anyone know what make the ones are shown by Dale?
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I think the contacts that Dale has pictured are made by Keep It Clean.

Here's a link



Hope this helps....
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wires in doors

There are several different kit you can buy there is one co. that makes a tube that is round and has a bend in it to follow the door as it swings open. the shooters or buttons are great but like someone said you have to have a tight door, I have used the tubes on a 47 chev I wired and they worked great. I have also used those spring type ones, and I didn't care for them myself, They seem to not want to follow the door all the time. I have wired over 200 street rods and I have used most of them I do like the bent tube, But I did like the looks of the one that was SQ> bent tube that they showed a picture of, the round tube is about the same only a bigger bend.
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i'm not sure how your 41 door hinges, but i had the same problem with my 58 truck.
i tried ss braided looms but they wouldn't handle the hinge geometry or the 1/2'' door gap when closed.
i have 8 wires and a mechanical safety cable for my shaved door handles run thru my home made door looms


open position


close position


these to longer to design in my head than to build.
of course i made the drivers door first and made the better pass door next.
the tube is 3/4'' square Al, flat plate is 1/4x2x4.5 Al.
i used a 1/8x1.5'' roll pin for the pivot. loose hole in the tube tight hole in the plate.
all material were bought at the local home depot store
for the door (pass) i used a 1.25'' hole saw and then made a 2'' square plexiglass bushing with a square hole as a guide.
i used double sided tape to hold the bushing on the inside of the door.
i made a square hole in my drivers door, the square tube hits the edge and makes a screeching sound when i open the door.
i solve this (and made it easy to cut the hole) by using a 1.25'' hole saw to cut the pass door.

I really like your design, think on 30's and 40's cars if you could put a bend in the SQ. tube , it would follow the door better. otherwise very cool idea.


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