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rewiring a 88 caprice classic

Ok so my question: Is it any company that sells complete re-wiring kits for chevys?? I have a 88 caprice that I'm rebuilding. Took the 305 out and put in a 496. Me bien a first time builder did not label any of the wries when I took the car apart so instead of figuring it out I think it's best to just buy a new wiring kit. I need all the basics, lights, brakes, wipers, etc..Just need. Help wit who I should look into

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Sorting out the original wiring would be my choice, but Painless has wiring kits.

Usually, these kits used in scratch-built cars or for changing from TBI to carb, etc., but I see no reason (other than cost) that you couldn't adapt something from them to work in your box.
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It can't be that hard to find a factory wiring schematic with the color codes on it and just trace things out. A lot easier than a whole new harness IMO, especially if you are keeping things like power windows, locks, delay wipers, etc.
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Ok so my question: Is it any company that sells complete re-wiring kits for chevys?? I have a 88 caprice that I'm rebuilding. Took the 305 out and put in a 496. Me bien a first time builder did not label any of the wries when I took the car apart so instead of figuring it out I think it's best to just buy a new wiring kit. I need all the basics, lights, brakes, wipers, etc..Just need. Help wit who I should look into
Wow, you want to spend $350 for a wiring kit instead of $35 for a factory manual?

I'll give you my mailing address and you can send some of that extra cash to me!
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See I'm gona end up doin a complete custom dash. With all new gaugess and for the seats the bench is gettin swapped out for sum dodge charger seats so I figured it would b easiest to just got with a new wiring kit...
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See I'm gona end up doin a complete custom dash. With all new gaugess and for the seats the bench is gettin swapped out for sum dodge charger seats so I figured it would b easiest to just got with a new wiring kit...
I would guess that even a custom dash will use the same wires that are already in the harness - illumination, gas gauge, oil press, temp, charge, brake, etc. I assume you'll be keeping the turn signal and ignition on the column. Again, sounds like it's much easier to simply change the dashboard connector on the stock harness. Your money - your call.
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The Painless kits use GM color codes and IMO would be the easiest to install in a Chevy. I have to agree with the one comment on spending $350+ on a rewire kit vs $35 for a manual. Unless your wiring is a total wreck that is the way I would go. On the other hand a rewire will give you the opportunity to improve the wiring by adding relays for such things as power windows, power door, brighter headlamps, and other high current applications that a wiring kit does not address.

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