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Old 06-27-2004, 08:04 AM
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Got my It's a snap harness

Received my It's A Snap harness yesterday and it is first rate. Everything Rick promised. I do have one minor complaint. Their instruction manual is a bit amateurish. I have already started a wiring diagram for my 34 on CAD, so all I really needed was wire colors and fuse panel layout to complete it. If you have little to no experience with electrical work, this harness could be a little daunting. On the other hand, if you have any experience it will be a breeze. This is one of the better bargains I have encountered in building my 34.

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Old 06-27-2004, 08:15 AM
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Glad to hear it.

I am preparing to rewire my '34. I had no intention on doing it until I replaced the tape deck. The guy that installed it was running the power source through the speaker wires! I don't know how the thing didn't burn up. It mad me think about the other "half fast" wiring that may there!

By the way, I did not build my '34, and have never claimed that I did. That being said, have tweaked and wrenched on it and made it "mine". I see that you are working on a CAD diagram for wiring. I would be interested in taking a look at your work. I am above average on my electrical skills, but I am a little nervous about yanking the guts of my car and rendering it dead for a period of time. I am thinking of doing one circuit at a time to lessen the down time and chance for errors. That way, I won't be working ahead of my ability.

Anyone got any advise for a nervous first timer in the wiring harness world????????
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Hi 345,

See my post in http://hotrodders.com/t35372-15-2.html. It suggests mocking up the whole job and then installing it all at once.

I really believe you'll be better off doing it that way. These kits (EZ, It's a Snap, etc.) have all the wires for all the accessories you need, and they're all labelled. Besides, most of them are hard wired where they connect to the fuse box, so doing a piece at a time isn't really practical.

Routing the wires is the toughest part. So if you mock up the complete layout on a piece of plywood ahead of time and double-check it at least twice, you probably can do the actual install in a weekend.

Anyway, good luck.

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After looking things over the last few days, I think that I can do this without many headaches, if you count skinned knuckles, throwing things, and cursing Henry Ford as "not too many headaches".

Fortunately, my '34 is simple. I wouldn't be surprised if it has less wiring now than when it was new! Heater, nope. A/C, who needs it. Power doors and window locks, yeah right.

I am tied up with work until the middle of August, but the rewire is taking place soon after that. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the input and encouragement.
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:05 AM
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I have installed or helped on a few EZ wire systems and they are simple. Even the novice can do it in a few day. I can now do one now if I have everything in a long day.
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Old 07-07-2004, 02:37 PM
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It's a Snap... nothing more to say!

I just finished wiring my truck with It's a Snap. For some one who had very little knowledge about wiring, I had no problems. Well one minor one with the alt dummy light.(see my other post, still looking for answers).

I have to say I was a bit shocked when I saw the instruction book also, but I took my time and really didn't look at the book a whole lot. The wires are nicely labled every 5" and self explanitory. I sure won't be scared to try this ever again!

Total time: about 24hrs (but only cause I'm very very picky and planned everything out 3 or 4 times )

PS I would also be interested in seeing what you come up with on CAD.
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I am working on my its a snap harness right now and I agree the instructions are crap...I think I would be better off if they were in Spanish
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I have finished the cad drawing, but I am out of the country next week. When I return to work the following week I will convert the drawing from Microstation to a .pdf and post it here. I'm thinking of sending a copy to It's A Snap, so they can see what a real wiring diagram looks like. It is very obvious that whatever they used to draw the diagrams in the manual was not even close to a computer aided drawing/drafting program..

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The sight of all those wires hitting your brain all at once is a bit daunting ... and then the instructions, by comparison, seem to fall short ... but, really, it's all pretty simple once you get to it.

Once you go through the job IN YOUR HEAD a few times, and know exactly where each wire is going (which often means taking a wire from one section and moving it to another BEFORE you start), it's just a matter of taking one wire at a time and connecting it home.

You can see my first attempt Here

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Wiring diagram

I have converted my CAD wiring diagram to a .pdf, but unfortunately I cannot post a .pdf in my album. In order to make the file small enough to post in this forum, it becomes unreadable. Anyone got any suggestions?

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Try to "SAVE AS JPG" instead of "PDF" ... then it should be loadable into your album.

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Try to "SAVE AS JPG" instead of "PDF" ... then it should be loadable into your album.

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CAD program will not allow saving as .jpg. The CAD format is an IGES graphic file, and will not convert to .jpg. The .pdf capability is a third party software that while in the CAD program I can print to and it will create a .pdf file.

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Your going to have to email all of us a pdf file.
i'd like to see it.
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Some graphics programs (like Photoshop) will open a pdf file ... then, in that program, you can save as a jpg.

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Some graphics programs (like Photoshop) will open a pdf file ... then, in that program, you can save as a jpg.

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Good call Alan, we have PhotoShop at work. I will give it a try tomorrow.

I thought about just asking thsoe interested to email me and I would send it out, but that could get out of hand in a hurry.

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