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52 ford custom need wiring imfo. am new to this board thanks

hi i need info. on wiring harness for my 52 ford custom thanks

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A little more info would be helpful. Are you keeping the stock running gear and converting to 12 volt,or going to later running gear? If the latter is your choice, computer or no computer, fuel injection / carberator? engine / trans type. I have built systems from scratch, and installed wiring kits in stockers and street rods,done some 12 volt conversions, made my own fuse panels / blocks, bought premade units, pretty much the whole ball of wax, so if I can be of help, let me know. I am not afraid of wiring,its not hard, just takes a little planning and time. As a retired aircraft mechanic, I have had to "run a lot of Wiring during acft rebuilds",modifications and damage repair.
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Check this out Alan Horvath is one of our contributors and did a nice job on his 54 chev pickup..Lots of good info if you contemplating re-wiring that car..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Doc here,

First, Welcome to the Board!

What is it you are trying to achieve, A full harness upgrade, or repair of a stock system, possibly a 12 volt upgrade?

There is a topic at the top of this forum.."Wire Harness" that I started to ask those that have used them, what harness product did the like and was the easiest to install with good tech support..

If your harness Shopping, you may want to read that thread for some ideas and look at the poll numbers before your purchase..

I ALWAYS advocate a harness upgrade, and a FULL 12 volt system (not a split buss).. My reasons for this, Stock wires are Cotton Clad insulation, and now have 53 years of oil , gas , and other flammables soaked into them , beside the fact , they support a flame even clean..It's just good policy to replace them...

Split busses are a pet peeve of mine..you can have some tragic results if you hook a 6 volt device into a 12 volt buss by accident..Especially when trucks of that vintage had few fuses, much less fuse links..

Some thoughts you may need to address..in an upgrade....

You will need:
An alternator: 1 wire (ease of install, but no options) or a 3 wire better..

A horn relay, and horns

Headlight, tail light,Dome,instrument lamp upgrades (should include sockets too..as these are probably not interchangeable, and must have corrosion by now...

Starter: most guy's say you can run a 6 on 12 volts and in fact you can, a DC motor will run within 125% of spec voltage (a solenoid won't for very long) BUT I advocate Changing ALL the motors..BECAUSE the service life will be greatly reduced, internal resistance being for 6 volts not 12..AND some say I'll change it when it goes out..Which is usually in a dark parking lot 50 miles from home in a rain storm..(at least that's my luck.. )

Heater motor and Speed controller: Self explanatory..

Wiper motor: (If not Vacuum, and if so you might consider the upgrade to electric...to keep the rain off going up hill.. At the very least consider a vacuum canister if you stay with vacuum..)

Turnsignal Flasher if you have the old "Vibra flex" system..

If you stay with Stock instrumentation, for a retro look, get a ceramic dropping resistor to operate the VCC to those devices for accuracy (The ONLY place I recommend using one with exception to the Stock radio..if you can stand "vibrator noise" and warm up time.. )

Any switch devices that look questionable (while your in there) remember those are 53 years old..and the instrument dimmer, a rheostat, that dissipates 6 volts to ground through it's internal resistance to dim the lamps.

The rest is just good mechanical practice..Star washers, locks, anti chafe where needed, good routing procedures, grommets, adel clamps (rubber coated metal, not plastic) and the like..

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