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Yesterday 01:57 PM
Loose Ctrl I offset all of my connections too.I've done it for so long,I never thought of it as a tip for others.Reading your post is making me realize how much I do,and I forget how big a difference it can make in a projects future success.
05-04-2016 09:09 PM
37ford4dr good to hear it worked for you, i cant think of any thing better to use

tonight i made the wiring harness for the parking lights, i am doing one thing different here and on the left front I am putting a ringed ground on a fender bolt just like on the right side tied into the same wiring ground harness and the parking light. i also will be bringing individual grounds to each of the tail lights, just because over the years i have realized that its a good thing to have solid ground connections at lights

also the parking light wires are soldered, wrapped in electrical tape (like rolling a cigarette, not like a bicycle handle bar), and shrink wrapped. the splices are off set. you do this becasue if you have an errant wire poking through the shrink wrap when its heated and the splices are in the same place you can create a short or other funny wiring problems. wrapping it in tape and then shrink wrap minimizes the poke throughs

this soldered splice is off set but it sure doesnt look like it in the photo, the off set also lets it slide through the tubing easier












05-04-2016 01:49 PM
Loose Ctrl That's the same dielectric grease I used.I hope that technique works for you like it did for me.
05-03-2016 08:39 PM
37ford4dr I used the connector tool on the rear wiring harness, it worked great i can say that its worth making one of these. it actually compresses the rubber when its pushing the bullet into place and it fully seats the bullet



this is the dielectric grease to use, also works good on light bulb bases for out side spot lights



I put the shrink wrap around the connectors and used zip ties to hold it in place, the original wiring is in tact and it gives some weather protection with out compromising anything



05-02-2016 12:35 PM
Loose Ctrl
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
I will have to try that on my 70 MGB I clean the contacts get every thing working ,,park it in garage a month ,do not drive then something don't work every time I try to take it out ,,always corrosion on wires .(looks like soda ) ,??
That was the problem I was trying to over come on an MG Midget and a Fiat Spider.
05-02-2016 01:02 AM
zuffen That's interesting.

I have an early Range Rover with the same Lucas connectors.

The car was driven in salt water 20 years ago and all of the electrics still work and have never failed to work.

My past experience with Lucas (on MGs) was diabolical but my Rover defies logic in that the smoke stays inside the wires.
05-01-2016 09:24 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
Yep.I put dielectric grease on them and then shrink wrapped them.It seemed to help.
I will have to try that on my 70 MGB I clean the contacts get every thing working ,,park it in garage a month ,do not drive then something don't work every time I try to take it out ,,always corrosion on wires .(looks like soda ) ,??
05-01-2016 06:30 PM
Loose Ctrl
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Originally Posted by 37ford4dr View Post
thanks, you can see the problem that gave Lucas a bad reputation in the last photo.....open ended connectors

Yep.I put dielectric grease on them and then shrink wrapped them.It seemed to help.
05-01-2016 06:23 PM
37ford4dr
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Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
The wiring harnesses look excellent.I'm sure your wiring will be more reliable than the original Lucuss.lol
thanks, you can see the problem that gave Lucas a bad reputation in the last photo.....open ended connectors
05-01-2016 04:41 PM
Loose Ctrl The wiring harnesses look excellent.I'm sure your wiring will be more reliable than the original Lucuss.lol
05-01-2016 01:42 PM
37ford4dr finished the engine bay , it needed buffing in one or two spots that you will never see, but i can see it now so what the hell


and move on to wiring, adding the longer fender bolts for the wire p clips in the engine bay, adding the front wiring harness and drilling a hole for the head light wires to feed through





missing this on the other side




the sharpie mark is the new destination



done, I love those Christmas tree drill bits



and touch up the paint


if there was a place for a plastic P clip this is it



whats the deal with the short parking lights wires???? i guess i will make them longer and put them in PVC tubing and i guess i need to add the ground wire also, so i need some connectors and bullets.




I have some wiring to figure out here...looks like an extra wire for the fog lamp i am guessing and some wires for the horns.


04-30-2016 07:39 PM
37ford4dr today went to the apple blossom parade in Winchester VA..... a cold gray breezy and drizzly day......I was on my best behavior because my temper tantrum not to go, got me no where...oh well

but tonight and tomorrow is mine.


so as I contemplate mating the two halves of the car together its clear to me I need to wrap up the engine compartment area 100%, so I got back to cleaning all the buffing compound off and looking for any areas that I need to buff some more in the engine area....then i can put the wiring harness in and put the under dash insulation pad





i found the Griots speed shine worked best to remove the over splatter of the buffing compound, i also used a clay bar and tooth brushes and a detail brush.



04-27-2016 09:32 PM
37ford4dr sweet.....my high school buddy bought a 396 camaro on sunday and came home after school on monday to an empty driveway....his dad drove it and then took it back to the dealership and said no way.....so my friend bought a 289 mustang fast back and soon there after had an accident in the rain.
04-26-2016 09:07 AM
TugboatBill
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Originally Posted by Arns85GT View Post
and clocked 140 mph on a black top county road.
That's why your dad didn't let you get it.
04-25-2016 09:35 AM
Arns85GT
I almost had a 140

Back in 1966 I had a shot at a hard top 140 low miler for $600.

My Dad wouldn't let me get it.

The guy who did get it, changed the fluids, topped the tires and clocked 140 mph on a black top county road.

They were great old cars
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