Re: Wiring - Painless or Not???
You can search on here for Painless. Some think it's okay, but I have heard a lot of horror stories too. Seems like the installation instructions aren't the greatest.
You say you want it to look stock where it can be seen, but the Painless fuse block is the modern blade style, so I don't know if that's what you want.
As the others have mentioned, AAW makes an excellent plug and go type line of harnesses, their Factory Fit line. M&H is another OEM style manufacturer. If you do an entire car, figure $600 to $900 depending on which harnesses you get. They will be as close to original as it gets. You can also specify some tweaks, like wiring for an internally regulated alternator and HEI ignition, for a minimal fee.
If you want to keep the cost down (like half), have all new wiring, don't mind the modern style fuse block, and want some flexibility for possible upgrades down the road (For example a computer controlled engine, electric fuel pump, power seats and windows, electric fan, etc.), then you may want to look at the AAW Classic Update Kits. they can be had for $450 or so, and include evrything you need and then some. The main underdash harness comes with the wires bundled together/trunking or branching off at aproximately the correct distances. It's somewhat like the Painless kit, in that you must add terminals at most ends, but unlike the Painless, all the connectors are OE style and just plain fit and function correctly. If you take your time running the wires and wrap them in the non-stick vinyl tape like OE, it is hard to tell that it's not except for the fuse block. Their installation instructions are very detailed and easy to follow.
AAW's customer service and tech support are second to none, and if you buy from a reseller (like Rick's or someplace), you get the same level of support.
My Classic Update took a lot more hours than a plug and play because I was very particular about how they were run and wrapped, and because I kept getting interrupted, but I am very happy with the product and would use it again. AAW was there every step of the way, answering every little question.
69 'vert project big block/TKO 600 RR
68 'vert driver RS clone -- gone!