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Old 07-19-2005, 12:12 PM
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I am going to rewire my 55 chevy, which kits do you guys find to be the best?
Is there a kit where the wires are pre-cut with terminals? I have heard of Ron Francis, Autowire and Rhode Island wiring.
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:31 PM
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I haven't gotten that far in my project but purchased ez-wiring kit,www.ezwiring.com
A few others have too. Seemed to be satisfied with results. Horvath purchased one of these kits rewired his whole truck.
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I have not seen an aftermarket harness that is precut and terminated..the makers of those have no clue as to what kind of car it will wind up in or how the end user will route the wireing..

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I have used painless wiring on three projects, a 78 trans am, a 82 CJ-7 Jeep, and a 73 VW "THING" and helped a friend put one in a 56 chevy sedan delievery. I was always very pleased with the quality and ease of installation. Personally I dont see how the preterminated kits will create a clean installation, the manufacturer doesn't know how you want to route the wires or what equipment you are running. Painless makes a kit specifically for the shoeboxes, you may want too check them out. www.painlessperformance.com
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:19 PM
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I bought an EZ wiring kit for my 1955 2nd series chevy truck. I have not installed it yet but it looks like it will work fine and only cost $165.
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Painless.....complete instructions, wire labeled every foot or so, tech support without an attitude problem. Have wired several with the various painless products, & still waiting to have a bad experience
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Pinless has a quality product, but a little pricey. You can get more bang for your buck if you do a little research. Once you start investigating you will find that only a few use the quality GXL wire. That is the same wire GM uses for underhood use.

GXL wire - thin wall high temp insulation
TXL wire - extra thin wall high temp insulation

Just about every kit nowadays has the wire labeled every foot or so. EZ Wiring IMO has one of the best and easiest to use kits on the market.

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I am just finishing up the re wire on my 55 1st series with a It's A Snap. The hardest part of any of these kits is placing the wires where you want to make the home runs so they will be out of sight!
Just take one circuit at a time or all the circuits from the front and then the rear, you will find our in the end that the only problem was "getting Started" !!
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Stay away from Ron Francis kits. His stuff is nice but the circuit panel contains a proprietary circuit card and no one but Ron Francis can fix it.

I used an "It's a Snap" harness on my 53 Pickup and it worked out very well. Wires labeled every foot, very compact circuit box and inexpensive when compared to the competition.
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I am going to rewire my 55 chevy, which kits do you guys find to be the best?
Is there a kit where the wires are pre-cut with terminals? I have heard of Ron Francis, Autowire and Rhode Island wiring.
Thanks,
Bill
New York
Try www.americanautowire.com or 1-800-482-wire as they show a specific kit for tri 5 chevs.
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Thanks and fusable link question.

Thank you to everyone for their input. I have some homework to do! I have one more question. what are your thoughts on fusable links in harnesses?

Thanks again,
Bill
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iN THE HARNESS OR AT THE STARTER!
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Go to http://www.madelectrical.com/ and check out this site. It has really good info. I bought several kits from him to help my 1955 2nd series truck electrical system perform at its peak.
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I did the EZ-Wire kit and had a blast with it. Much less money than Painless, too. You can check out all my notes and photos HERE

Fusible links are the way to go, man. I didn't understand them at first, now I swear by 'em ... read all I learned HERE

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate your knowledge!

Bill
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