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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dane, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Mr48chev
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    I think he hit it pretty well no matter what wire set you use or if you start with a batch of rolls of wire.

    It still has to be easier than sitting on the side of the road at night trouble shooting the tail lights on your buddy's roadster when the builder wired it with ALL red wire. Try that one when you are headed to a rod run on a Friday night.

    From what I've seen almost every aftermarket wiring set uses the GM color code system that has been around since they started using Plastic coated wire on GM cars making them pretty simple to figure out for most of us.
     
  2. Frankie47
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    For me wiring is a nice peaceful way to pass the day......after learning to read and use hyd schematics on airplanes in the worlds finest navy, reading an electric diagram for a car is ABC to me:) Body work kicks my ass regularly though!

    Good luck Dane...I hope you get it soon...love to see that avatar in person.
     
  3. No argument there; I haven't been impressed with any of the aftermarket harnesses I've seen. They're simply a shortcut, and you're dependent on the expertise, quality control, and follow-up service of the vendor, which in this case seems to be lacking in several places. For the guy who is wiring only one or two cars, they can simplify the hassle of getting and/or identifying where various wires go, as well as offering 'one stop' shopping.

    I was an electrician for over 30 years, as was my father. One piece of advice he gave me proved to be true over and over again.... 'Don't ever take anybody's word about a circuit; verify it for yourself. It's your life that depends on it." While the 'life' part probably doesn't apply here because of the voltages involved, it's sure saved me a lot of troubleshooting time over the years....
     
  4. captmullette
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    only way to go, made 1 call with 1 problem, great service, highly recommended...........
     
  5. aldixie
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    I have used EZ wiring kits four times now with no problems. I have another one ready to use in my Model A. Can normally do one in a day and half. Using one in my current 50 Chevy with fuel injection. But there again I rewired my first car when I was 13, I'm now 47 and got a degree in telecommunications engineering so following schematics is no problem.
     
  6. StLouisSled
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    Done about a dozen EZ wire kits...never had issues. Worked in everything from 1950 Pontiacs to 68 Chargers. Doing a 56 Ford now...instructions a bit cheesy but if you are electric savvy and have wiring diags for the car's original switches...no probs.
     
  7. Frank32
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    I installed one in my truck, piece of cake. I have done a few complete jobs before using the ez wire kit maybe that helped...
     
  8. tfeverfred
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    Aren't the wires labeled? How hard could it be? I wired mine on my own, in a short amount of time, with NO labeling. Well, it's been a year, I hope things worked out for the OP.
     
  9. street rod lover
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    installing a ez kit in my 40 today. took my time and used the booklet as review. wire location every 8 inches. couldn't of been any easier. I hope it works!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. street rod lover
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    ez kit was easy. broke down each area seperate. plenty of wire for application. should go good.
     

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  11. belair
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    I did mine, it was e z and I'm not all that bright.
     
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  12. putz
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    American , excellent help line,great service
     
  13. ago
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    There is only 5 wires to headlights: hi-beam(light green), low beam(tan), right turnsignal(dark blue),left turnsignal(light blue, parking lights(brown). Rear 3 wires: left turnsignal/brake(yellow),right turnsignal/brake(green), parking and licensee light (brown). Ground black. It is not that difficult.


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  14. The37Kid
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    I'd like to believe you, and would hope that would work on my 1930 Roadster, but I know from years of reading on the HAMB that other electricaly gifted people will say there is another way to do it. I'll never understand how some can wire things but have trouble sanding bodywork smooth. Bob


     
  15. d2_willys
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    Get a Painless kit! Less pain and more progress.
     
  16. 40fordtudor
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    I installed a Painless f.I. harness and relay for a GM "crossfire" system---pretty easy. I don't know about EZ, but Painless sure was.
     
  17. street rod lover
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    hd lp wires are all there and color coded as stated but how about the rest of the car. i could of used chicken wire to run the lps. ez kit was easyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
     
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    Take the wiring in stages Lights, gauges, ignition etc. Don't look at the overall project, it will get you confused. What kind of turn signal/brake light/ hazard do you plan? It gets wired thru the steering column if you go that way. Google : How to build hotrods.com Some good tips on that site about wiring.


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  19. street rod lover
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    I plan on an ididt column. I'm debateing whether to go with column with key or seperate switch. I at the column point now so I should have one in the next few days.
     
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    Column GM switch is just a rod going down the column and clicking a switch. Remote switch on dash is neater IMHO.


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  21. street rod lover
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    I agree on the non column switch. I was trying to find a switch with a ford key. I was checking out early F150 and Mustang dash switches. The universal switches are avail to but the key looks like a camper storage lock key. Any ideas on a compact Ford ign dash switch? 40 ford dash
     
  22. Dizzie
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    I installed a Rebel Wire harness in my '34 pickup that I am building and was very happy with it. As stated before, you should have basic knowledge of auto wiring if you attempt any of them.
     
  23. street rod lover
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    your right dizzie. if you dont know the basic's your already behind the 8 ball. glad to hear we're all using differant brand's of harnesses with good success.
     
  24. I did my first rewire by myself using individual parts and it came out ok. My second rewire I used and EZwire kit and while the components were good, the so-called schematic was incomplete childish pictographs. The next one was a Rebelwire which was not much different. So this last time I used an American Autowire kit. This one was great. The parts were quality but the main thing was that the wiring diagram was good in that it showed where things originate and where they terminate unlike the others that just show the termination of the circuit. I learned electronics in the Air Force and I like to see the complete circuit so as to understand how the electricity travels and this kit does that.
    If you are new to rewiring, this is a good product to use as it helps you understand what you are doing instead of just hooking up terminals to stuff.
     
  25. street rod lover
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    56don
    thanks for the info. i plan on buying a loom for my 39 pick up soon and with all these responses and ideas its helpful.
     
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    I also used the American Autowire 2 times. I like the idea that the wires terminate at the fuse box. that way you can choose how long your wiring is. the component end has the crimped terminals.


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  27. Just finished wiring my 31 Model A using Rebel Wiring, happy with Bob Miller's set up, good people.
     

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