WE HAVE CON­NEC­TIONS

IN­STALLING A NEW WIRING SYS­TEM ON OUR CLAS­SIC DUSTER

Mopar Muscle - - Contents - TEXT BY CAM BENTY • PHO­TOS BY CHRIS­TIAN ARRIERO

In­stalling a new wiring sys­tem on our clas­sic Duster

need Old cars love. But older cars need new wiring. The sim­ple fact is that while an old car shows its age through tired paint and tread-worn tires, noth­ing ages worse than your wiring sys­tem. In ad­di­tion to cop­per wires wear­ing out and shed­ding their plas­tic cov­er­ings, the con­nec­tors that bring it all to­gether get brit­tle with time and don’t hold the con­tacts to­gether prop­erly. Rather than putting an­other ban­dage on a re­ally sad per­form­ing wiring sys­tem, we sug­gest you re­place it.

Amer­i­can Au­towire wiring loom kits con­tain ev­ery­thing to make sure your tail­lights burn bright for many years.

The wiring kit shown here is for the rear sec­tion of our 1974 Ply­mouth Duster. Kits are avail­able for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle ar­eas in­clud­ing dash­board, en­gine com­part­ment, and front end wiring sys­tem, which in­cludes the head­lights. Most of the mus­cle cars we re­ally love have reached the half-cen­tury mark. That means your car’s cop­per wiring has been heated and cooled a mil­lion times, mak­ing it prone to break­ing down, cre­at­ing a short that can be nearly im­pos­si­ble to find.

All that’s re­quired in terms of tools are a set of wire cut­ters, a sharp wire strip­per, and as­sorted screw driv­ers for re­mov­ing stuck tail­light plugs, pry­ing open wiring loom clips, and mount­ing such things on your dome lights. A cou­ple of hours of your time are all it takes to in­stall a new loom to avoid count­less hours of not try­ing to find out why your lights don’t work.

Be sure to note that the most im­por­tant part of trou­bleshoot­ing or in­stalling any wiring sys­tem is to make sure that all of your grounds are tightly in­stalled and use a star washer where the neg­a­tive ter­mi­nals are tight­ened to the body, frame, or en­gine. Adding ad­di­tional grounds with suit­ably sized ca­bles are strongly en­cour­aged.

So don’t be afraid to tackle your ve­hi­cle’s wiring sys­tem. With these easy-to-in­stall kits, you only need to take your time and me­thod­i­cally fol­low the paths of the orig­i­nal wiring sys­tem. Ob­vi­ously, re­mem­ber to re­move both ca­bles from your bat­tery be­fore do­ing any of this. Stay­ing con­nected is eas­ier than you thought.

… don’t be afraid to tackle your ve­hi­cle’s wiring sys­tem. With these easy-to-in­stall kits, you only need to take your time and me­thod­i­cally fol­low the paths of the orig­i­nal wiring sys­tem.

In­stalling new wiring may not be a sexy up­grade, but will save you lots of time and plenty of frus­tra­tion in the long term.

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