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Old 07-11-2007, 07:07 PM
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complete wiring how to book?

Who has the best wiring book for your hot rod step by step with relays etc? Not really worried about the cost on this one, thanks, Dana Besides Doc! lol.

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Doc here,

Not sure they have a specific book written on that..

Try your local main library for "automotive Wiring" in the ref. Section.

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I found this book incredibly helpful!

I was scared to death of wiring before I read this.

http://www.amazon.ca/Automotive-Elec...4298723&sr=8-1
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I found this book incredibly helpful!

I was scared to death of wiring before I read this.

http://www.amazon.ca/Automotive-Elec...4298723&sr=8-1
That's the one I have. I highly recommend it-- goes into detail without getting too technical.
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Doc here,

Look on the WIKI, I wrote an article on how to "scratch" build your own harness system..

It does not include relays and such though..

Another article to coincide with that is "how to solder"..Shows tools needed, and proper procedures for good solder joints..

Relays really are very simple IF you don't let them confuse you..A relay is simply nothing more than an AUTOMATIC switch, BUT instead of being switched on/off by a knob or other mechanical device, it has a coil and magnetic movement to move the CONTACTS..

Every relay will have two sub~Components..The Coil (relay activate) and the CONTACTS (power handling switch contacts) When the coil is activated, it pulls the contacts from one state to another state..(usually off to on) When the coil is relaxed (power removed) the CONTACTS return to the first state.

Relays do their job in several ways..They can handle large amounts of current with small amounts of current..(The coil only draws about an amp) So switch gear may be small and low current The Contacts will handle HIGH current (some up to 75 amps) because they are direct wired and controlled by the coil. They, if wired with proper gauge wire, will deliver much more current to the end user device than Stock direct wire..the end result, the device performs AT least twice as good.

They can reverse power, in the case of a DC motor, like power windows and seats, by using multiple pole relays and configuring the Contacts in an "X" pattern. When the contacts are energized by the coil, it will safely reverse power and ground from one state to the other.

They can provide Isolation from one circuit to another, where both can not run at the same time But must sequence before or after (like brake lamps and turn signal systems)

Relays solve a lot of problems!

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If what Doc has put in the wiki can't do it fer ya, here is another book published by Tex Smith.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Electrical.../dp/1878772066

I haven't read it but I have several other books from his "how to" series and they are fairly informative without being overly technical.

Tex Smith is well known for being a do it yourself kind of guy, so you can be sure that isn't an advertisement disguised as a book.

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wiki?

Doc: I can't find it.
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Doc: I can't find it.

Butch, this should be it:

http://crankshaftcoalition.com/wiki/Rewiring_a_vehicle
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