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Wire harnesses, Saxon

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Wire harnesses, Saxon

Post by tyoutsey on Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:54 pm

I am putting together my basket case Saxon. Using the Chevette steering column. I do not have any wire harnesses and wonder if any are available? If not, any descent schematics available for wiring the car? My manuals are a little difficult to understand.
Thank you, Tim

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Re: Wire harnesses, Saxon

Post by Hotrod on Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:15 pm

You may have to turn to the street rod suppliers.  Companies like Painless, Ron Francis Wiring and Haywire sell universal kits that will do what you need.  These are not the only suppliers, just the one that come to mind.  They aren't exactly cheap, but you don't want to skimp on wiring.  

The more complete kits will have all the connectors for the steering column and some will even have things like headlight switches.  Since the older GM columns are something of a de facto standard in the street rod world, you should be in good shape.  With these kits you will get a modern fuse panel and all the wires will be color coded and labeled every few inches identifying what it is for.  They are sold by the number of fused circuits.  Most of these companies also have technical departments that can help out if you get in a bind.

Since these are universal kits, you will have to route the wires and group them into a harness. You can get split loom material to bind and protect the harness.  This is the same stuff used on modern harnesses.  The woven material used on the original Sebring/Saxon harness is available, but harder to use.

I recommend you invest in a GOOD set of wire stippers and crimping pliers.  Crimps are OK if they are done correctly with good tools.  Protect and seal exposed crimps with heat shrink tubing.   Soldering followed by heat shrink tubing is best IMO.  Many connections are difficult to access after the car is assembled, so you want to make sure they are done well.

One other thing is grounding. Fiberglass cars are notorious for ground issues. You MUST take care to insure that all circuits have good grounds.

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Re: Wire harnesses, Saxon

Post by tyoutsey on Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:20 am

Thanks a ton Mike, I'll check out something already universal for the harness.

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