Sure, it's a ' Chevy we're using as an example here, but for rewiring any customized classic truck from the ground up, no matter if it's a Ford, Dodge, Studebaker, International, or whatever, the basics are the same. Regardless of brand, the idea is to replace a stock wiring harness that was never designed to handle the demands of modern-day luxury accessories with one that was, or to eliminate a potentially dangerous situation. By potentially dangerous, we mean continuing to utilize a brittle 50-year-old wiring harness that can short-out and burn a truck down to the ground in an instant. Another guaranteed fire starter is the amperage gauge found as standard equipment in most vintage trucks. That big, ugly wire hooked to the amp gauge that looks like a garden hose can turn bright cherry red and catch on fire if you give it a chance. Instead, the best solution is to include a voltmeter in your gauge cluster. In addition to being able to wire any make of classic truck with a Keep It Clean wire panel system, another bonus is keeping the cost down. For a base level kit, Keep It Clean has the Ultra Basic 10-fuse panel fuse wire system for around $175. This basic kit will work real good for replacing a 6-volt negative or positive ground system and converting it to a modern 12-volt negative ground system. The kit we chose to install in the '66 is a Keep It Clean Deluxe 38-terminal, 15 panel ultra-small wiring system that retails for about half of what most application-specific kits do. We went this route because we know we are going to install air conditioning right away, and there's a good chance power everything, including power windows plus a sound system before we're done. In the following three pages we've given a quick introductory article to give you an idea of where to start. Trust us, following these preparatory steps will save you a lot of grief in the process, and in the end provide you with an electrical system that won't let you down. In next month's edition we'll have six more pages to keep things moving, and it's hard to say in what month's issue this series will end because as you'll soon see, we found out that one thing leads to another when it comes to fixing up an old truck.

SOURCE
Summit Racing Equipment
P.O. Box 909
Akron
OH  44309
Keep It Clean
www.keepitcleanwiring.com
Classic Auto Air
2020 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa
FL  33606
813-251-2356
Performance Distributors
Memphis
TN
9-01/-396-5783
performancedistributors.com
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