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I completely rewired my 46 WC in the past year with cloth covered wire trying to closely follow the factory specifications.  When I added turn signals and some other accessories that all went out the window as far as color correct, but I stayed with cloth covered wire on everything and it's totally done from connector to connector.  Have anybody considered using a reproduction harness from any source?  Knowing how much I spent on wiring, terminals, shrink tubing, etc., and how much got wasted I'm not so sure I wouldn't have been better off with a harness already built and complete.  I've been told this company is about the only one that makes point quality harness yet.

http://www.riwire.com/

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I did all the wiring in my B4B using cloth covered wires from Rhode Island Wires, including the cost of adding directional signals, for roughly $270.  Took me two weekends and several hours a day after work.  You won't find a "drop in" set of wiring harnesses, specially with cloth covered wires anywhere near that price.

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I have used YnZ complete wiring harnesses on three vehicles and been very satisfied obviously. Service and advice are also excellent. I am only a satisfied customer and have no connection to them. 

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I used the RIWIRE set up and could not have been happier with the ease of install and speed of install.

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One other thing, if you are going to continue with a 6 volt system and you plan to use a rewire kit, make sure the wires are the proper gauge for 6 volts.

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Bobacuda,

 

     Was the $270.00 you spent for a complete kit, wires only, wires and connectors, or what? It sounds too good to be true as everything I see with cloth wiring comes in around the $800.00 mark. Thanks in advance for a reply.

 

John

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Really depends on what your plans are, if you plan to shift away from complete stock, then a reproduction harness will end up not being really all that helpful.  I re-wired my truck twice, first time a basic 12 volt conversion and the second time to accommodate the many many additions to the electrical system, and it was just easier to start from scratch again, then to use what I had already done.  You may consider ditching the cloth wire and going to cloth tape for a roughly "vintage" look, with a huge savings in wiring costs.  I got my last cloth tape from Johnny Laws...very happy with it

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They are well marked and easy to install.  Just not cheap.

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John H -

Sorry I did not see this earlier.  The $270 was for wires, connectors and the directional signal.  I copied my old harnesses to make the new one.  I had a wiring schematic provided on this site that gave me the correct wire sizes and colors.  I was also able to peel back old electrical tape and confirm the wire colors.  Do a search on my name, I have posted photos and descriptions of this several times.  If that fails, PM me and I will see what else I can add.

Bob

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Bobacuda,

 

Thanks for the info you gave, and for the follow up from JBNeal. It will prove useful as I have not started wiring yet.

 

John

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