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Technical rewiring question?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by mikhett, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

    Im rewiring my 56 ford victorias dash and i have one power wire thats gotta go to 5 gauges.Its the instrument panel light wire and its gotta go to all 5 gauges.what kind of connector can i use ?1 wire in and 5 wires out.Rebel wire is cosed on sunday.Thanks
  2. jjbubaboy
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 2


    Hey Mikhett,
    Best bet would be to use a terminal block. Then attach all gauge wires and power to one spot.
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,334


    solder...heat shrink tubing....
  4. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,526


    Just tie the others to one main lead.listen to Squirrel he speaks the truth.

  5. Zurekbrau
    Joined: May 25, 2008
    Posts: 202


    Yep Squirrel is right.
  6. 53 sparky
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
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    53 sparky


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  7. rfraze
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,003


    Run power wire to one gauge, cut and strip a piece of same color wire long enough to reach next gauge, crimp both wires in the first connector, and so on down the line of gauges. Sometimes you can even use a slightly larger, same color wire to reach the first connection point. I would suggest insulated connectors for power wires. Safety third. Hope that helps.

  8. There you go,,that's the way I did it when I made my own wiring harness. HRP
  9. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    This is the cleanest safest way to do it. Safty first.
  10. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

    Daisy chain.Got IT! Thanks
  11. aircoup
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 900


    just did my guages that way ,, worked great
  12. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    That's a great idea but its a little like the old Christmas tree lights one goes out they all go. I used a terminal block on mine, to each their own.
  13. roundvalley
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,777


    Daisy chain the grounds also.
  14. Leviman
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 201


    One of the gauges, or one of the wires? If a gauge fails, unless it fails shorted, it won't bring the rest with. If a wire fails, you have larger problems. Also, christmas lightsare wired in series, this is parallel.
  15. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,688

    from Oregon

    When I did my gauges I put three wires together with solder and heat shrink. One in and two out. This made a cleaner setup that put one wire to each of two gauges, plus a third to the next gauge. Once I had all the gauges daisy chained this way I took the last end to the common feed.
    This is the cluster I built up to go into my '63 Falcon:
  16. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

  17. Here ya go, I also grouped the wires for each gauge and function, ( turn, hi beam, etc. that way you can unplug the gauges to work on them if ever needed. You can see the ground wire (green) daisy chained, as are the lights power wire. All the methods posted here are right, it's a matter of which way you want to do it.

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  18. daisy chain looks cleaner, but might give less voltage to last gauge than to first one; a terminal block will give more even voltage. One place i read recommended a completely separate line to volt meter.

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