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Old 06-13-2004, 09:25 AM
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Dumb newbie needs wiring help

Hi all, new to the board. Got a wiring question. I'm building a 283 for a t-bucket and would like to run the engine, but don't have anything wired yet. What is the minimum wiring I would have to do, to run the motor. Like I said its a 283, I'm using a mallory dual point distributor and standard 12 volt coil.

Hope thats enough info. Thanks for any help.

Bob

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Old 06-13-2004, 02:55 PM
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order a wiring harness

Jegs or Summit Racing or who ever else sells them. I would suggest a racing harness, fewer wire combinations. I bought the painless 8 circuit racing harness for my 37 Dodge. Wiring instructions comes with it, makes it painless......LOL!


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Check This out, bro'.

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i also own that

same harness its easy
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12 Volt battery, ground cable to the block, positive cable to the starter, jumper wire from battery " + " to the " + " terminal of the coil, " - " coil wire to the distributor, touch a screwdriver from the battery cable on the starter solenoid to the " S " terminal on the solenoid to crank it over and it should run. Disconnect the jumper to turn it off.
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I use a toggle switch on the jumper wire and a push button to jump the solenoid. Make since?
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got it goin

Hope camaroguy helped you. I did the same on my 40 chevy with a 350, didn't even hqave the front clip, radiator or any thing on it. DO NOT RUN IT LONG ENOUGH TO GET HOT. I had my adusted and broken in before i got it together. Makes a body feel good to hear it run, after so much work, and being on a limited budge. Hang in there, you get there.
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I agree. I have a magic box that I use in my shop. ( Toggle switch. button switch and ignition On indicator lite) three wire hook up and your good to go. Bob asked the minimum and my other answer was the minimum.
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You may be a newbie, but you're not dumb if you're asking questions! BTW - Don't forget the ground strap from the engine to the frame. (I did, and my starter wires caught fire!)
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And don't forget to put another ground from the frame to the firewall.

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And don't forget to put another ground from the frame to the firewall.

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Ummm...that's what I meant......the firewall is grounded to the frame, right?
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Maybe ... but I always do a ground strap to the frame (as you suggested) and then another fatty (8 gauge) wire from the frame to the firewall just to be sure there's a good clean ground happening.

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Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I got just the information I was looking for. I was pretty sure what to do, but you all verified it for me. Thanks again.

Bob
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