Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NW PA Grandvalley
Re: Rewire whole car
I did quiet a bit of wiring on my Falcon, but mostly replacing existing wires. I bought a fuse panel from Auto Zone for cheap and ran a wire from the head light switch to it and eliminated all the glass fuses. I added relays for the lights. I did not try to rewire the rats nest behind the dash. I will attempt that when I install new gauges and speedometer. There are many circuits that interact with each other and will need special attention.
My nephew bought a wiring harness for his 47 chevy and simplified matters quiet a bit. I think that is the route I would go. You can buy a basic harness and add to it.
You can color code wire with spray paint. Just spray the wire and drag it through a rag dampened with thinner while leaving a line on the wire. Worked for me.
Copper wire is getting to be very expensive, so I can see your point of doing it yourself.
The turn signal, parking light and brake circuit will be the most complicated but is very doable. Next is the head light circuit going through the dimmer switch. After that it should be a walk on the beach.
BTW, I was a radar technician for many years so reading schematics and wiring circuits becomes second nature for me.
Murff has rewired several hotrods so maybe he will jump in.
"Tell it like it is or don't tell it at all" 1964 Falcon 2dr HT, 347V8 4V, dual exhaust, 5sp, pwr assist R&P steering, AM radio, heater with defrost and 2sp fan, electric windshield wipers, cigar lighter, dlx light group, bucket seats, console and full carpet.
Last edited by retyler; 05-21-2008 at 12:26 PM.