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Technical Cloth Covered Wire Source

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,311

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Cloth Covered Wire Source


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  2. Have you checked with these guys.
    Rhode Island Wiring Service
    I have bought a lot from them and there total supply is un real. Being they have what I need I haven't gone price shopping so don't know how they stack up. I really like that you can get just the Button for the end of wire inside light sockets. Stops using Butt connectors on dash and tail lights.
    The Wizzard
  3. 2BF68F00-1F0F-45A4-9144-5133F6CB91A9.jpeg 2CF8937E-72DF-407A-BF39-3C76FAA23A7C.jpeg For those looking for a frugal source make friends with an elevator technician. Apparently they refit those things all the time and there’s plenty of cloth covered wire in them. That’s where I got mine. I knew a guy who’s bother does that for a living. Got a box full for a case of beer.
  4. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,443


    I have gotten mine from Rhode Island wiring as well. Great guys, fast shipping, and buy what you need
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  5. Very timely post as my coupe is almost done in paint and body then we can begin assembly and this is what I want to-do on my coupe. Keep the info coming guys.
  6. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,311

    from Austin, TX
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    That braid is fantastic.
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  7. i've used Rhode Island Wire many times, been very happy with them
  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,443


    I've used Rhode Island and Brillman in the past. Good stuff from both of them. Sometimes the good stuff costs.
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  9. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 994


    Ha...beat me to it. Ask an elevator mechanic that's doing a mod for the old travel cable. It could be a hundred feet long or more, with 50 or more different wires inside.
  10. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,471

    from wyoming

    I used Narragansett Reproductions to get supplies for my coupe. They were super nice to deal with and the prices were better that other vendors I found. My order did take a bit to come I guess they had to make some of the patterns I needed.
  11. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,165

    alphabet soup

    Brillman Co. Small family run business in Mt. Jackson Virginia. Been there a couple of times. They also remake Packard 440 plug wire.
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  13. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
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  14. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    another source out here in the West is Sacramento Vintage Ford - - "The" Bud Bryan, of '29 Roadster Fame, does cloth wiring work there
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  15. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,021


    Buy mine at Sac Vintage-used in many 40's
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  16. shivasdad
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 450

    from Texas

    Rhode Island wire for me. Beyond the colors you can choose the number, pattern, and color of tracers in the covering. I bought lengths and wired and cable tied a 1959 Fiat a few years back and it came out really cool looking. IMG_20130816_163614_283.jpg IMG_20130816_163614_283.jpg IMG_20131030_165922_237.jpg IMG_20131108_153645_813.jpg
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  17. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,028


    Not trying to hijack the thread, but does anyone make connectors (not a bus bar) for 1 wire in and 2 out? This would be a Y or T connector.
  18. I can for sure endorse Brillman.
    I think they cater to the tractor restore folks but also have other good electrical related items.
  19. I did my Merc in it, and I also bought the cloth loom. In some places it didn't make sense. Modern zip ties looked like shit. I taught myself the telephone stich with wax covered string.
  20. Yes. Rhode Island Wireing. They have both U.S. style as well as British and German. Check out the web sight. They also have matching ends for each kind in solo. Meaning crimp or solder just the tips.
    The Wizzard
  21. I bought the main harnesses for my '51 Merc from Rhode Island Wiring, which was very nice quality. I have bought a few smaller pieces from Macs. When I need straight cloth wire I use The Hot Rod Company.
  22. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 4,870

    big duece
    from kansas

    I plan to use thehotrodcompany plug wires because they are spiral wound suppression for use with electronic ignitions, and look vintage.
  23. Great info here. Thanks everyone.
  24. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,369


    If you need a whole harness, try Tyree Harris in Virginia.

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  25. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,666


    It boils down to the details, boys. Love it and keep it coming.
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    from ct

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  28. flypa38
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 525


    I've posted this before, but it's still helpful. Although the manual is "updated", most of it applies to old airplanes, which translates well to old cars. Keep in mind, a lot of the techniques used in hot rod builds were the result of maintaining aircraft during the war.
    In this case, check out chapter 11 for lacing wires with'll probably like the whole thing though!

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