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Old 03-08-2004, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Electrical wires - repairing/rewiring?

Ok I had some electrical problems and some of the connectors getting brittle and breaking or cracking prior to my engine fire. After the engine fire which luckily I had a fire extinguisher so I got it put out before my car went completely up in smoke - I certainly have to repair or replace some wires now and connectors and maybe a couple of sensors, possibly even my fuse box which is partially melted..

I like to do my own work and can not afford to send something of this magnitude out to a shop so.... am looking for an economical way of buying and or creating my own wire harness bundles. When I had an MGB which you definitely had to be a shade tree mechanic to own, I once saw a book advertised where instead of buying premade harnesses for 400 dollars or higher you could create your own... I like this idea but am not certain how I would identify the type of harness connectors or be able to purchase them and also what kind of tools would you need to get a semi professional type connection.. I mean how do they fix or crimp or whatever the wires into those connectors.. Is this a possiblity for a do it yourselfer and would it save money or in the end cost almost as much and not have quality connections?????????

Any tips or info you guys can give me to get my bonnie running again would be greatly appreciated...
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Honestly, your best bet is a wrecker. I can't think of a better or more practical option. Label and cut every sensor connector you need, or get the whole harness.
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thanks, I am sure you are right! I guess to get the whole harness bundle of wiring suppose would be pretty involved: taking parts off probably tearing dash apart to get to the other end of wires etc... Do you know how wires are connected to connectors are they soldered in? Would splicing into undamaged sections of wires be a bad thing?
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The wires are crimped to the pins, and the pins are pressed into the connectors. You want to avoid splices wherever you can.
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