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1973 F-100 Wiring 17 May 2016 12:43 #84

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I finally crawled back under the truck and by-passed the break in the wiring to get the brake/turn signal working on the left side. At least now people will know my intentions! After working with that old brittle wire, I will surely replace the harness sooner than later!

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1973 F-100 Wiring 10 May 2016 12:30 #76

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The other day I crawled under the truck to get some sort of idea as to where the break in the wiring is for my left side turn/brake light may be. I know there is an open at some point, I'm just having an issue locating it. First thing is that I know I need a new circuit tester and will remedy that this weekend.

While under there I got a real good look at what 43 year old wiring looks like and, it wasn't pleasant. To that end I have decided that it is in my best interest (for safety more than anything else) to replace the wiring harness for the entire electrical system.

In my past I was a very good electrical systems technician for the USAF. I could chase a trouble, make a new connector or wiring harness, replace components, you name it, on fighter and bomber aircraft as well as most of the support equipment. Mind you, that was some time ago, and while I think I still have the know-how to do it, there are a couple of things I need to know. One thing I need to know is, who has the best wiring harness out there? I see a few of them and, naturally, they all claim to be the best. Anyone here ever used one and if so, which one and what were the best/worst parts about it?

Next, what do I need to watch out for? I know I need to ensure good grounds, solid connections and to protect any/all connections with dielectric grease and heat-shrink, but what other little gotchas did anyone else encounter?

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