This page is a tool to help anyone wire or rewire their hot rod. I personally am at a stage where I need to decide
whether to remove all the rats nest wiring the previous owner left me and rewire completely or not. Everything
works but looks terrible as is. In my opinion Alan Horvath has done the best job in documenting and providing
very practical assistance for a wire/rewire of your rod. His work is really an invaluable asset that I have used on
several cars. Adding this to my own website assists me and saves much time.
Much credit to Alan Horvath for his good work and hints on doing a very similar project: A link to his
project here: http://www.alanhorvath.com/54chevy/ezwire_day1.php
Think about it and mull it over for a few days and take Horvath's advice to consider everything you
may need to take this job on. Again, thanks Alan for this link:
Rewiring Project Checklist
If you're going to rewire your ride, this checklist may be helpful to you. I purchased the EZ-Wire Kit for my truck and had a whole lot of
rewarding fun installing it myself ... it took me ten days to do, but I took my time with it and enjoyed the first-time experience. You can view
my pictures and daily diary of the project: Click Here
The necessary things to buy before you start your project:
• A Roll of 12-Guage Black Machine Tool Wire
This stuff is gas and oil resistant ... the EZ-Wire Kit doesn't come with grounding wires and this is what I used for all my grounds.
• Plenty of Shrink Tubing
For all your solder joints or connectors.
• Plenty of Solder ... or Connectors
Soldering is the right way to make all your connections, but if you don't have access to electricity, connectors may be your alternative.
• Plenty of Vinyl Split Loom
I think this is the best way to cover all your wire-runs and make a nice looking job of it all ... buy vinyl split loom only -- plastic won't last!
• Plenty of Vinyl Tie Straps
I used a ton of these to tie down all the split loom, neat as a pin ... buy vinyl tie straps only -- plastic won't last!
• Fusible Links
You'll get a fusible link or two with your kit, but it's a good idea to pack a few in your road kit ... and, in some cases, you'll want to use these
instead of an in-line fuse -- Be Sure & Read This!
• Bolts, Washers & Nuts for Circuit Breaker Box
These didn't come with the kit ... so, after making some measurements, I went to Home Depot and bought what I needed to mount my circuit
• New Battery Cables and Ground Strap
I put new #2 cables on my battery ... after all, why not? I ran the ground cable from the battery to my engine ... then from the engine-bolt, I
ran a #4 ground cable to the firewall ... and I also added a new ground-strap from the battery to the frame.
Things I wound up adding to my project; things you may or may not want to do, but worth your consideration:
• Tarred-Cloth Loom
This was a personal choice of mine ... it's not split and it's not pretty ... it's also a bit more difficult to work with, but super-protective -- I used
it to run wires down the full length of my frame rails, from the front of the truck to the rear ... Chevy Duty part #52-596 1-800-741-1678
• Headlight Switch
In the interest of getting all my dash knobs to match, I decided to put a new headlight switch in ... more details about all that can be seen
• Dimmer Switch
Not a great necessity, but I put a new high-beam/low-beam switch in anyway.
• Glove Box Light
My glovebox had no light in it, so I added the kit from Chevy Duty to my project.
• Interior Lighting
You may already have the overhead light, but my truck didn't ... plus, I wanted to add some floor lights and put switches in the doors for
automatic lighting all around -- Here's How
• License Plate Light
Mine was all rotted out ... I have a mid-70s rear bumper with a license plate light unit, so it was an easy job to get a whole new unit and put it
• Cigarette Lighter
A new cigarette lighter may be something to consider ... I did it just so I could match all my dash knobs up -- See Here
• New Headlight Plugs
The connectors for my headlights were ancient! So I put new connectors in.
Adding relays to things like your headlights is a great idea! You get brighter lights, cooler wires and pop less fuses, too -- Here's How
And, if you don't understand what relays are all about ... Read This
• Under the Hood
There are some great improvements you can make to your entire electrical system -- Read This
• Electric Fans
If you have an electric cooling fan on your radiator -- Read This
• Electric Wiper Conversion Kit
If you've been thinking of installing an electric wiper kit, this would be the easiest time to install that puppy!
make nice wiring
kits, here are a few.
|Keep the basics in mind during your planning,
here is a very basic diagram to think about
Other sources for
electrical and electronic
parts that you may need
My solution to power seat problems in my 1938 Plymouth Cpe street rod.
I had some very nice 1985 Cadillac Eldorado electric "every way" power seats. It used 4 motors, 1. FWD-REV horiz, 2.Front raise/lower, 3. Rear
raise/lower, and 4. Seat back tilt FWD-REV. In addition to climate control, it had triple position lumbar control. It developed an electrical problem
which caused a parasitic drain that would kill my battery in about 3 days ! Since I didn't care about lumbar or heated seats, I took out all systems
under the seat with the exception of the 4 basic motors mentioned above. Simplification was the answer. Here's the info below on the switches I
purchased, as well as a panel to put them in and how to wire everything up without factory wiring help. Hope this can help someone else too !