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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by greaseSlinger57, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. greaseSlinger57
    Joined: Nov 6, 2018
    Posts: 70


    I’d like to see some homemade wiring and what you did! Fuse panel, marking wires, schematics, switches and all else related. Maybe there is a thread out there for this that I couldn’t see but I’m interested in what people have done and how they did it!
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  2. When I rewired my '51 Oldsmobile, I used the original schematic and wire gauge. I didn't mark any wires, I color coded everything. I used connectors that had the shrink tubing attached and loomed most all of the wires.
    Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. Here's a couple pic's that show a little bit.
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  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,350


    some wiring we did last year on the Barracuda. It's a street/strip car, more emphasis on strip, so things are easy to work on, not hidden away.

    IMG_20180905_222917.jpg IMG_20180905_222902.jpg IMG_20180905_222848.jpg IMG_20180905_222828.jpg wiring2.jpg wiring.jpg
  4. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,754


    Do it often, here's my roadster. DSC07185.JPG DSC07188.JPG
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,054

    Jalopy Joker

    might get yourself a copy of a very good basic basic wiring booklet from, and other sites, "How to Wire Your Streetrod, From Start to Finish" - do not let title scare you off - do not use all one color wires like I did on my first full wiring job.
  6. ted kovacs
    Joined: Oct 13, 2019
    Posts: 9

    ted kovacs

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  7. Ziggster
    Joined: Aug 27, 2018
    Posts: 584


    A few from stuff I did on my truck. I have more but can't seem to find them, but I'm sure you get the idea. I kinda like doing wiring. One also when I had to rip my dash out. That was fun..
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  8. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 538

    from N.E. PA

    Here's my 1948 Plymouth. Main electrical panels in the trunk, and small panels with terminal strips mounted behind the kick panels. Also created a "Wire Run List" that shows the origin, wire size, wire color, routing, and destination of the conductors, and schematics of the various circuits. It looks more complex than it really is, but the layout is relatively easy to access. There is also a removable plexiglas panel that acts as a protective cover. trunk elec..png driver's side.jpg trunk elec..png
  9. Crkrjac
    Joined: Jul 26, 2016
    Posts: 33

    from Waxhaw NC

    00F6D127-B89F-4345-AA0D-8A7C285C4B8D.jpeg My Model A Coupe. Under seat.
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  10. morac41
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 532


    Electrical Systems by Skip Reddio
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  11. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,508

    oldiron 440

    There's some nice work there......
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  12. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,160

    from NKy

    I have wired many many hot rods , pretty simple task if you understand DC wiring . I used to have a friend that worked for an elevator company . Every wire the used in their control panels were numbered , every 3 inches . I still have tons of those used wire bundles , to use in wiring cars . If you make a diagram and list what circuit is for what color or number you will Hóme free and thankful later on down the road . Every piece that big box wiring companies are selling are available at auto supply houses . You just need a catalog to give Pvt . Pyle . , the part number you are wanting .
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  13. MAD MIKE
    Joined: Aug 1, 2009
    Posts: 525

    from 94577

    Most of the homemade wiring I've dealt with is taken care of with nips, pliers and blessings from my mouth.

    Sorry no pics. Latest projects have involved trimming the fat off late model harness' for use in track toys.

    But what I have used in the past is braided sleeving to protect wires exposed/hidden. Can get it in multiple colors to better blend into an engine bay. Not traditional, but for places that are out of sight, it's a great conduit to keep wires located while not having to use multiples of plastic ties. Great for when you want to add/delete a circuit in an on going project. No need to deconstruct your harness.

    Also I use from time to time those adhesive backed cable tie holders/mounts. Such as
    Cheaper from the local DIY stores. Not quite as aesthetic as one would like in an automotive application, but it does the job. I like them as if I need to release a cable or bundle I can simply cut away the tie wrap and replace the tie easily enough.
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  14. 500caddy
    Joined: Feb 8, 2019
    Posts: 81


    I would be ashamed to take a picture of my wiring it started nice and simple then I needed a wire for this and then that and before I knew it,it was a disaster as long as everything keeps working it’s ok but when something goes wrong it’s all coming out to be done right and it won’t be done with all green wires

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  15. My roadster!
    Wiring 001.jpg Wiring 002_LI.jpg 009.JPG 006.JPG
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  16. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 561

    Member all that Coupe has maybe a 3td of that

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  17. Here is the fuse block I made with 30 bucks worth of boat fuse panels and terminal blocks all mounted to a cutting board I got at the dollar store. I built it for my 39, wired it up over the summer and has worked flawlessly. 20190726_213536.jpg 20190724_214841.jpg 20190726_230945.jpg
  18. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 496

    Frank Carey

    To reiterate previous comments:
    1. Get the booklet How to Wire Your Street Rod.
    2. Understand DC wiring
    3. Make drawings of what you do and update them after changes. (there will be changes)

    I wired my car from scratch. Hacked a fuse panel out of a junkyard car. It had two flashers and horn relay. Left a few inches of stub from each wire. Mounted Radio Shack terminal strips on sides. Terminated panel stub wires to terminal strip. No pics because most wiring is not out in the open. I have over 20 pages of spiral notebook drawings. Shows all wires, wire color, splices, terminal number at panel, many, many notes such as what keeps wiper running until "parked" after wiper switch turned off, how dome light is wired 12V and turned on by door switch grounds, where 12V to coil comes from during cranking since there is no ballast resistor anymore, and on and on.
    And finally, be sure to read everything posted by Crazy Steve. He is wise. Has been especially helpful on using relays to avoid high current through early components like ignition switches not designed for it.
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  19. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
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  20. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,152


    I usally use all red wires looks better that way. :D I have used trailer wiring for the back half of vehicle.
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  21. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 466


    Very Nice!!!!
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  22. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,054


    Wiring is all about making good connections, the first system that looks like NASA is impressive, but has poor crimps! Leading to trouble! Nailhead Jason’s system gets my vote, for simplicity and better crimps/ connections. Just my experiences.... which are considerable.

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  23. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
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  24. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,057


    I like to use a Centek fuse and distribution panel. As for wiring, I generally scrounge the most complex harness from a boneyard car of that manufacturer. I use a factory wiring diagram for that manufacturer and when I sell the car, I inform the new owner where the wiring and color codes came from. I try to use solder and shrink sleeve on all connections. Most u universal kits use GM color coding. For my avatar roadster, I got a complete harness from a stolen recovery Lincoln Town car that had all the electronics removed along with the connectors for each unit. I has walking by the car in the dealership I was working when a mechanic walked by with this big box of wiring. He was headed to the trash and I asked him why he was tossing it. He said since all the connectors were cut out, the insurance company popped for all new harnesses. It was far more than I needed but all factory color codes. The wires were correct color and gauge for each circuit. So, my 32 is wired with a 92 harness and all factory colors and gauges.
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  25. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,663

    from Neosho, MO

    GeezersP15 you win. Amazing. I have wired a lot of cars, and I have wired from scratch. I have always tried to do my best. None of mine looked like what you have done.
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  26. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,579


    My car when I got it... 0427191443a.jpg
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  27. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,579


    After cleaning it up so I could drive it... I bought a 10 circuit wiring harness from Walmart that I will be installing this winter. 20190505_122711.jpg
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  28. greaseSlinger57
    Joined: Nov 6, 2018
    Posts: 70


    WOW!! There is some really good looking stuff on here you guys are awesome. I have lots to learn.


    Here’s our first one from scratch! just getting started measuring and marking. Maybe a little over kill but I’m in no hurry. My wife likes helping so I’m all in haha Cloth wrap after we’re done! ...

    ... Jack of all trades Master of NONE. Haha
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  29. Do you really need a fancy multi-circuit fuse panel for a hot rod.

    Simple panel I made for my '35.
    fuses 35 (Medium).jpg

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