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I know what you mean Wrongway. I JUSTA don't know where I put my soldering gun when I moved 8 years ago and I've had little need of it since. I usually double crimp and shrink wrap the connection to carry me over.

I might invest in a new one when I get to re-doing the speaker wires.That it going to be a long process for sure.

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22 hours ago, Frosty said:

I know what you mean Wrongway. I JUSTA don't know where I put my soldering gun when I moved 8 years ago and I've had little need of it since. I usually double crimp and shrink wrap the connection to carry me over.

I might invest in a new one when I get to re-doing the speaker wires.That it going to be a long process for sure.

JustA thought, but I usually hate to destroy OEM stuff in a car if I can see another way to get there! So you could keep your existing wiring, but just deactivate it or tape it to protect it. Than run new wires from the fuse block, coil and ground. Napa even sells some really nice fuse block add-on wire adaptors!

I remember we talked about the hydraulic rams you installed before and I had some questions as to the connection threads. So if you want when you get there take some pictures and see if you can resolve this for good!

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23 hours ago, Wrongway said:

Yeah, I spent a few weeks doing mine. My biggest problem was that NOBODY was able to tell me what all 9 pins were for on the ignition switch. Let me rephrase that, I've got the wiring schematic's but painless and a couple of the other companies told my that I couldn't wire a 9 pin into their harness or their tech and designers didn't know how (lol). I've got a really cool ignition "switch" set up now. I'll send you a video once the motors back in.

Also, have you seen these wire connectors? I was wiring the back end of my buddy's bike this past weekend. He pull's these out and asked if I had tired them yet. I hadn't at the time, I have now and they worked great for splices. Apparently they are even using them on airplanes from what he was told by his vending rep. Stick a skinned wire into both sides, heat up with your heat gun and it melts the solder ring. The clear tube is heat shrink and the colored circles are a waterproof layer. So they solder, heat shrink and weather proof all in one whack! Pretty cool stuff. Oh and you can get a box like that one for about 15 bucks.

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I have heard a lot of folks complain about Painless Wire. I have yet to have to completely replace the wiring harness but when I do buy mini-harnesses like for the tach, I buy American Autowire. They (supposedly) use all OEM connectors and are the proper length and gage wire. My dream would be to re-wire Lucy with a new a harness with all OEM connections but with a new blade fuse block. 

So what is the name of this kit and where do you get it? I have not seen it before.

Last Indian - I try to re-use the existing wiring but I go to great length to not cut of hack it up. I want to preserve the wiring, not further it's butchery. So I will re-use the ignition power, lights, and ground wiew for the radio on the new radio and carefully plug the new wires into the old harness with butt connectors and be sure to tape off the connections in such a way to not let them come in contact with each other, and not let them come loose.

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If you google or go to Amazon and type in "solder seal connectors" they'll pop up bro. As far as painless goes, their not a bad company or product. They just don't have very knowledgeable people working in their customer service. The guy I was dealing with actually contacted their "engineers" and even they couldn't figure out the ignition switch. I sent them color pictures of my factory schematics. They finally told me there was nothing more they could do, lol. Next time I'll try American Autowire. I have actually built a harness once from scratch on an old 68' F100. Which is why I bought one this time. lol.

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@Frosty - be warned that once you start using these things, you won't stop. I've found they COMPLETELY spoil me when doing wiring jobs. Best way I can describe it is it's like crack for people who do their own wiring. I use this things on everything I do a wiring job on - home & automotive. I even use them in areas where they are exposed to the elements (in those cases, though, I put additional protection on them) - the colored bands on each end of the casing also melt to create a water tight seal.

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I have them in my cart on Amazon. I guess I need to hit check out on them. Thanks for the testimonial guys.

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On 7/28/2020 at 1:43 PM, Frosty said:

I have heard a lot of folks complain about Painless Wire. I have yet to have to completely replace the wiring harness but when I do buy mini-harnesses like for the tach, I buy American Autowire. They (supposedly) use all OEM connectors and are the proper length and gage wire. My dream would be to re-wire Lucy with a new a harness with all OEM connections but with a new blade fuse block. 

So what is the name of this kit and where do you get it? I have not seen it before.

Last Indian - I try to re-use the existing wiring but I go to great length to not cut of hack it up. I want to preserve the wiring, not further it's butchery. So I will re-use the ignition power, lights, and ground wiew for the radio on the new radio and carefully plug the new wires into the old harness with butt connectors and be sure to tape off the connections in such a way to not let them come in contact with each other, and not let them come loose.

I had the same problem with my original ignition switch could not get it wired properly I looked at American Auto wire diagrams and still could not figure it out. Finally used an aftermarket switch that works fine, but pain in the ass to get it to fit in original hole !! But got it !! Don't like the key, but hard to see it ! My question is with all these "so called" wiring gurus out there Why can't someone figure out this common 9 pin switch?

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Well it's really nice driving Martha around with the A/C Working !!😅

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3 hours ago, wdl182 said:

I had the same problem with my original ignition switch could not get it wired properly I looked at American Auto wire diagrams and still could not figure it out. Finally used an aftermarket switch that works fine, but pain in the ass to get it to fit in original hole !! But got it !! Don't like the key, but hard to see it ! My question is with all these "so called" wiring gurus out there Why can't someone figure out this common 9 pin switch?

Wiring diagram for your car should show you whats what.

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8 hours ago, Wrongway said:

The knob on the left is the kill switch to the whole car. Push the "outside" button to "power up" the car (accessory on your key switch). Press "heater" to start the car. When you get to where your going, simply press in the "stop" button and the car shuts off. No wires on the back of the ignition switch at all but the original switch IS still installed so it looks factory.

Love it! 😄

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9 hours ago, Wrongway said:

Wow man, that had to be a pain! You did an amazing job! She's absolutely gorgeous bro! So the coin slot, an old coin operated pool table? 

One of the big surprises I found while wiring up the GP was the bright light indicator on the dash. Now remember this is my 1st Pontiac so I'm sure yall have seen this before but it was new to me. When the dash lights up the indicator lit up red, not blue and the light was in the shape off an Indian head. Man i showed everybody that stopped by that week lol. Still blows me away that they took the time to do that. Just cool lol

LMAO   fooseball table.  I have had that since the early 70's  waiting for the right spot to install. Had it installed on my boat for awhile with a sign ...A$$ Grass or cash, NOBODY rides for free.  :lol:  No, Mama wouldn't let me use it in the GTO :slap: Had to change it up a bit.  Wow, the indicator ,thats a new one to me.  Would like to see that.  Already wondering how to install on my dash.??   Need to get my dash pulled.  Have the new veneer to install on it.  New climate controls and LED dash lights.    

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6 minutes ago, notallthere said:

Wiring my therapy.  Car has tunes.

Well lookie who dropped in.  How it going bud? 

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12 hours ago, Wrongway said:

Here ya go bud. Its just cool lol.

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That's cool as hell, thankz for sharing.

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