Why Chase When You Can Re­place?



Amer­i­can Au­towire Elim­i­nates Those Pesky Elec­tri­cal Grem­lins

A clas­sic car brings with it plenty of nos­tal­gia, but along with it comes the nec­es­sary headaches. From worn parts to rusted-out floor­boards, they’re all eas­ily re­placed; but amongst all the prob­lems you will en­counter the worst are those de­vi­ous elec­tri­cal grem­lins.

In decades past, we’d have to rely on the ex­per­tise of our me­chan­ics, but as they traced each wire and solved the cur­rent prob­lem it al­ways seemed as if an­other grem­lin would spawn and then we’d re­peat the cy­cle—but not now. Thanks to Amer­i­can Au­towire, they’ve launched a mod­u­lar wiring sys­tem that gives users the abil­ity to scrap their en­tire elec­tri­cal sys­tem and start fresh—and to be hon­est it’s the only way to go. No more trac­ing and re­plac­ing wires, no more pray­ing that you’ll make it back from your lo­cal cruise, and, most im­por­tantly, no more costly elec­tri­cal bills. This time around you can in­stall an Amer­i­can Au­towire sys­tem and en­joy your ride for decades to come.

For our '53 Bomb Truck project it had to be a re­li­able daily driver, so we went with Amer­i­can Au­towire’s High­way 22 com­plete wiring kit. The

kit comes com­plete with all nec­es­sary wiring for head­lights as well as a three­p­o­si­tion head­light switch, 40-amp elec­tric fan or fuel pump re­lay, heavy­duty power and ac­ces­sory ex­pan­sion, mi­cro re­lays for horns and turn sig­nals, as well as ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to con­trol your ra­dio, elec­tric wipers, heater, air con­di­tion­ing, fuel pump, and in­te­rior light­ings. In ad­di­tion, the kit comes with a floor-mounted dim­mer switch, ig­ni­tion switch for dash or col­umn mount­ing, as well as all the con­nec­tors and ter­mi­nals you’ll need. In all, the High­way 22 kit was de­signed to pro­mote com­plete mount­ing flex­i­bil­ity while giv­ing users the com­fort in know­ing that it can eas­ily han­dle spe­cialty elec­tri­cal sys­tems.

Ad­di­tional ben­e­fits of the High­way 22 kit in­clude (but are not lim­ited to):

-Front-loaded, vi­bra­tion-proof, self­lock­ing ter­mi­nal con­nec­tion

-GM color-coded wires for ease of in­stal­la­tion

-All power cir­cuits are 12-gauge con­structed

-Eight-gauge alternator feed wire -FXL heavy-wall wire with laser­printed cir­cuit ID ev­ery 2 inches

-22 power cir­cuits sup­ported through 15 fuses and one cir­cuit breaker

-Panel pro­tected with 175-amp Mega-Fuse junc­tion block

-All wires are heat re­sis­tant (-60 F to +275 F)

-Full color schemat­ics of over­all ve­hi­cle wiring, along with in­di­vid­ual har­ness sub­kit in­struc­tions for has­sle­free in­stal­la­tion

As we’ve men­tioned time and time again, your elec­tri­cal sys­tem is one of the most com­monly ne­glected as­pects of build­ing a cus­tom car, but I get it … be­cause there’s re­ally no show value at­tached to it. But if you re­ally think about it, your car’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem is like a very sim­pli­fied ver­sion of your body’s ner­vous sys­tem. It pro­vides power, re­lays per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion about heat and sys­tem pres­sure, and with­out it—or with a mal­func­tion­ing one—it turns your car into a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. So don’t skimp on your elec­tri­cal sys­tem. In­stead of fix­ing your cur­rent one re­place it with a sys­tem from Amer­i­can Au­towire just to know that you’ll get to where you need to be with se­cu­rity, safety, and con­fi­dence!

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