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Proud of electrical job? Show it!

I am about to wire my car using an after market harness. I have a pretty good background in electronics, so I am not only looking forward to this, I want to take it to another level.

Has anyone used the high powered stereo components for their regular (non-stereo) electrical systems? I have a few pieces I am going to try. Gold plated distribution points, maxi-fused distribution box, etc.

Have some ideas you'd like to show off? I'd love to see some neat electrical wiring ideas.

Thanks!
Steve

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I am about to wire my car using an after market harness. I have a pretty good background in electronics, so I am not only looking forward to this, I want to take it to another level.

Has anyone used the high powered stereo components for their regular (non-stereo) electrical systems? I have a few pieces I am going to try. Gold plated distribution points, maxi-fused distribution box, etc.

Have some ideas you'd like to show off? I'd love to see some neat electrical wiring ideas.

Thanks!
Steve

I just now finished wiring in a couple of Scorpion maxi-fuse holders - my only "complaint' is that the pigtails are very floppy so have to be supported. My always powered sub module for my American Autowire module is a Bussman - so only silver plated tho I did look at a couple of the fancys - but all I saw had big cables in and out.

Be prepared for it to take a LOT longer then you thought for a neat job I planned on 2-3 weeks of 20+/- hours per week . It's now going on 6 weeks and am about at ~75%(though a couple of weekend trips and a laundry list of summer honey do's tend to mess things up as well)

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Pics!

How about showing some pics of your work?

I'm in the middle of installing an aftermarket generic hot rod harness on my 69 Chevelle. It's my first harness install.

One of the upgrades I'm working on is new bulb sockets and connectors. I decided new will be easier and better than trying to recondition the old ones.

Figuring out the best way for the wires to route is a challenge, but I love a challenge

I have some chrome-like convoluted tubing to run the wires in the engine compartment.

I'll take some pics as I go.

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How about showing some pics of your work?

I'm in the middle of installing an aftermarket generic hot rod harness on my 69 Chevelle. It's my first harness install.

One of the upgrades I'm working on is new bulb sockets and connectors. I decided new will be easier and better than trying to recondition the old ones.

Figuring out the best way for the wires to route is a challenge, but I love a challenge

I have some chrome-like convoluted tubing to run the wires in the engine compartment.

I'll take some pics as I go.

Steve
Steve,
Before you completely commit to that chrome convoluted tubing, lay a piece of 3/4" or so on the engine for a couple of days - it might not look so good - but, of course, that's only my opinion - and I have a fully chromed and billeted engine and don't care for it and am using the tried and true black as a contrasting color.

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I completely rewired a 51 merc 6v positive ground. I did it all old-school to match the car. Custom ordered cloth-covered modern wire, used old copper crimp fittings, and individually soldered every joint. Turned out really nice, but nothing custom. I just made my own version of a factory harness.... Although I did disassemble every single switch and rebuild it.

One of my more brilliant mods (in my opinion) was adding a button to signal truckers. On my tow vehicle, I have a good modified CB, but you often like to signal with lights as well. I wired in a momentary pushbutton switch to a DPDT relay. In the normally closed position I ran the taillights. In the normally open I ran a separate brake light circuit. So, night or day, I could signal "thank you" by just tapping the button a few times. During the day, it just flashed the brakes. At night, it momentarily disabled the clearance lights on the trailer while flashing the brakes.

I added a neat little circuit in my boat. I didn't want the fuel pump to be running all the time the key was on, so I grounded its relay through a normally open oil pressure sender switch, then rigged a separate button to ground so I could manually activate the pump for the first time each season, or to drain the tank, or if I ran out of fuel.

Right now I'm getting to the planning stages of my 66 Bonneville wiring. I want some neat things in that, like snap action tactile switches for everything.
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Started soldering tonight!

Ok, I guess I'm going to be brave and post some pics of my progress. Feel free to offer suggestions.

I went to my local Advance Auto Parts to get new bulb sockets and some connectors. I decided that trying to recondition originals just wasn't worth it. They had many in stock, which surprised me!

So what you see on some of these pics are the new connectors and sockets.

I am soldering almost all connections. I am using a kit from Haywire called their E series. So far I like it.

The third pic with the red (soldering iron) at the bottom shows me cutting the one tail light wire coming to the back of the car, and using a barrel splice to splice in the sidemarker light and tail light sockets to the one end of the barrel, and the two sides of the cut piece of tail light wire to the other.

I put solder on each wire section before inserting into the barrel. When all wires were inserted, I applied the soldering iron tip....with solder on it, to the barrel and applied solder to the small hole in the middle when the barrel became hot enough to melt solder.

I used two pieces of heat shrink and shrank one, waited to cool, moved the second piece in place, and shrank that on top for extra insurance.

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Final pic of tail light splice

Here's the splice of the tail light and side marker light into the single tail light wire in the trunk.

Again these are 4 wires coming into a barrel and soldered into the barrel. 2 pieces of shrink tubing were installed, one on top of the other.

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Starting to look good - and especially with that ball of spaghetti looking wires. I need to take some photos of my progress as well sometime today.

Steve, if you go into the guru of wiring's posts, Docvette, he posts some cautions about soldering - but of course, I'm doing some as well .

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Nice job!

Looking good there Dave! Nice and neat.

Yeah I still have a rat's nest as I haven't bundled anything until most connections are made. I also opted for 18 circuits! So tons of wire to deal with on mine as well.

As for soldering, it don't much matter to me any warning on soldering. I put in 18 years as an electronic tech and required solder training and certifying yearly to NASA specs. This job will NOT be to NASA specs, but I learned a lot over the years and solder is the only way for me. In most cases anyway.

Ok, back out there to finish the job.

Anyone else care to show theirs?

Steve
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