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Old 12-08-2011, 01:59 PM
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74 VW Beetle wiring project

Well, it most certainly is not my favorite thing to do with an auto, but I find myself agreeing to get my daughter's beetle running. The braintrust who owned it before her has violated each and every wire on the car and nothing works properly. Wires have shorted and melted the insulation off down in the harness, so I'm thinkin' that a complete re-wiring will be required.

My question has to do with whether to purchase a Painless kit for $300+ or a low-buck harness for about $130 or re-wire it one wire at a time from scratch with individual rolls of wire. I'm capable of doing any of the three. Time is not a factor. I'm leaning toward making the entire loom, using soldered joints and shrink tubing throughout. I only want to do this once.

Have any of you fellows wired a bug? What components did you use and how did your job turn out?


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I would just buy a new harness for it. They can still be had relativly easilly, given that Brazillian and Mexican Beetles were made until 1996 and 2002. these cars have more OEM parts available for them that remain available, than the most popular Muscle cars.. wouldn't recomend wiring the seatbelt interlocks back in. '74 was an only year for a couple things, and seat belt interlock was the most notable. can't start it till your buckled in, providing the switch in the buckle still works.

My '74 SB had some goofy wiring and the lights didn't work right. I dropped it off at the local shop who is better than I am with wiring, and $120 later, everything worked
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