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Username Post: Wiring harness choices for 50 Chevy        (Topic#366365)
Davesblue50 
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Age: 63
Loc: South Texas
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09-09-21 05:59 PM - Post#2826812    

Going under the dash I am finding many lot of cloth is missing from the factory harness. Looking at some of the aftermarket harnesses I find the wire gauge going to the headlights is pretty small. I like to upgrade to a fuse block style harness. Anyone run into issues with the headlight wiring? Will still run regular halogen sealed beams. Thanks for any advice.




 


lobucrod 
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Age: 69
Loc: Slaton, TX
Reg: 10-01-07
09-10-21 12:55 PM - Post#2826845    
    In response to Davesblue50

I like American Autowire. I have put several of their kits in. Their Power Plus 20 kit is reasonably priced at $339.

'38 Chevy Coupe Gasser 409 powered
'50 Sedan Delivery 401 Nailhead powered
'62 Buick Electra original survivor


 
gcrkfrd 
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gcrkfrd
Age: 74
Loc: Neosho, MO.
Reg: 04-01-18
09-10-21 01:58 PM - Post#2826848    
    In response to lobucrod

I got mine, in Joplin- $72 for the fuse block w/flasher, and the wires installed on it. Has all the wires for fuel pump, electric fan, horn,lights, and got 2 relays for headlights, and horn-only wires that were not long enough were tail, rear turn, fuel gauge, license light- all it said on the box was-
$71.94 Made in Palmyra, MO
I think the name of the company is Innovative Engineering, that was printed on the white tape labels on the ends of the wires
I



1952 Styleline Fourdoor, 62 235 Cast Iron Power-glide.
Six in a Row, makes Her go


 
Airlifter 
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Airlifter
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Loc: Tazewell county, Virginia
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09-11-21 05:09 AM - Post#2826873    
    In response to gcrkfrd

I used American autowire also. Had to make a couple changes for the push button start and ammeter. Other than that it was a pretty easy install.

1951 styline deluxe sport coupe w/'60 261 engine & 54 powerglide


 
51chevcoupe 
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51chevcoupe
Age: 59
Loc: Washington state
Reg: 08-14-09
09-13-21 08:15 AM - Post#2827006    
    In response to Airlifter

I've been using Rebel Wire harnesses on the last couple of cars I've wired. They're reasonably price and have, hands down, the best support in the industry. Jeremy will help solve any of your wiring issues, the guy is an encyclopedia on automotive wiring!
The kits are American made and they have lots of different kits available.

http://rebelwire.com/rebel-wire-products.php?cat=W...

Ed
1941 Master Deluxe 2 door sedan- 283/TH350
1950 Fleetline 2 Door project
1950 Styleline 4 Door sedan
1951 Ford Deluxe 4 door sedan- 302/AOD



Still confused after all these years!


Edited by 51chevcoupe on 09-13-21 08:15 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
usmile4 
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09-15-21 04:05 PM - Post#2827157    
    In response to 51chevcoupe

I secondRebel Wire. I’ve used two of their kits. When I needed a heavier fused circuit for my dual electric chokes they adapted their standard kit for me

Bill Gommel

49 chevy Styleline (Sold), 51 Styleline 2 dr Special, 235 (from a 61 truck) bored .060 over, Dual Carter/Webers, Fenton Headers, T5- 5 speed with a 56 rear end.


 
steveknight 
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09-16-21 09:36 AM - Post#2827195    
    In response to Davesblue50

Have you thought about doing yourself, I used this for my ‘50 Styleline and found it very straightforward- it was the first and only car I’ve ever rewired,
Steve

http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/fuse-panel.htm...



 
eplantage 
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Loc: Southern MN
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09-16-21 10:06 AM - Post#2827196    
    In response to steveknight

I rewired my 50 sedan delivery with spool stock from Napa, Autozone, etc. I installed a 54 column and used the wiring diagram in the back of the shop manual, which worked for most of it. I also switched to 12V with an alternator. Some of the wire colors were hard to find though. Probably would have been simpler with a wiring kit. When I did it about the only thing available was from Ron Francis and they were more than I could spend at the time.
I thought I'd add a little context to my remarks about wiring kits. They've come a long way. Back in the early 70's I had a 55 Belair that had spaghetti wiring hanging under the dash so I pulled it all out and bought a kit from JC Whitney. Nothing matched up with the bulb sockets or connectors. I ended up going to a local Junk yard and pulled the harness out of a wrecked 55 for 5 bucks and used that. I'm sure the kits are easier to install now.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
2002 Heritage Springer FLSTSI
1930 Model A Standard Coupe


Edited by eplantage on 09-16-21 10:12 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
bolake 
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Loc: Northern MN
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09-16-21 03:05 PM - Post#2827210    
    In response to eplantage

Used a Painless on my 50, was pretty straight forward, lot of crimping. Put a AAW in my 55,A lot better set up, most of the connectors are installed. Front, dash ,rear plug in separate to the fuse box , so you can run them and plug then in, heads above in my opinion. Meant to reply to OP

If your not the lead dog the view never changes


Edited by bolake on 09-16-21 03:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
rawaag 
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rawaag
Loc: Williamsburg Virginia
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09-17-21 06:43 AM - Post#2827255    
    In response to Davesblue50

I used a kit from Y&Z out of California. There kit was perfect and matched the factory wiring colors. All the connections were made, what I wanted, with my limited wiring experiences. Their support was the best. The only place we ran into a problem was at the factor signal switch. They were a bit pricey compared to others, but worth the extra bucks. It's been 10 years since we wired my car, I don't know if they are still in business. Best of luck.

Ralph


 
Keith_Knox 
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Loc: Napa, Ca USA
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09-17-21 12:07 PM - Post#2827265    
    In response to rawaag

I also used the YnZ kit on my 48. Forgot to tell them I was installing a turn signal switch. Great instructions. Had one problem about the ammeter connection. Called them and straightened it our over the phone. I installed it in 2012 at age 71. I was very apprehensive about the job. I pulled the seats and threw down some old blankets on the floor. Made it much easier to get under the dash. Not a bad job at all.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
drtyler 
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Loc: Georgia
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09-17-21 01:13 PM - Post#2827270    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Do the YNZ harnesses have a central fusebox, or are they reproduction of the original?



 
Keith_Knox 
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Loc: Napa, Ca USA
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09-17-21 01:43 PM - Post#2827271    
    In response to drtyler

There is no central fuse block. They did suggest a fuse for the system. If I remember right it was a 30 amp fuse. I did use their fuse.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
Tony 
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09-18-21 07:17 AM - Post#2827307    
    In response to Davesblue50

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RDJackso 
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09-23-21 02:26 AM - Post#2827746    
    In response to Davesblue50

I like the Black Box jr from Racers Inc. @ racersrods.com (formerly Enos Custom). Under $350 bucks for a complete kit with labeled wiring. The box is NOT pre-terminated so you it makes it easy to install one circuit at a time without dealing with a big wad of spaghetti. The kit comes with easy to follow instructions, and I have used it on my last two builds, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle (pro street), and 1950 Chevrolet Business Coupe (pro touring). Just my opinion, there are lots of quality wiring kits out there, let your fingers do the walking on the world wide web...



 
Davesblue50 
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Age: 63
Loc: South Texas
Reg: 08-25-21
09-25-21 05:24 PM - Post#2827954    
    In response to Davesblue50

Thanks guys. Great info. Still haven't pulled the trigger yet but see a couple of choices that look promising. Sounds like one of my cool weather projects coming up.



 
rawaag 
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Loc: Williamsburg Virginia
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09-28-21 05:33 AM - Post#2828156    
    In response to drtyler

I told YNZ that I wanted to add a fuse box for my addon's and they added it at minimum cost. I only wish I had gotten a larger one. Of course there are a lot more companies out there today, back in 2011 there wasn't as many. All the reviews pointed to YNZ, even if they were higher than the others.

Ralph


 


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