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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 09, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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'69 RS Wiring harness

I have an opportunity to purchase a used wiring harness from an original '69 big-block, RS Camaro.

Questions are:

1. Is there any difference in a harness from a car that did not come with guages?

2.Is an RS harness different than a Non-RS harness?

3. If nothing is cut and it is complete as he claims, any idea on value?

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Re: '69 RS Wiring harness

John,

Yes, the gauge and non-gauge harnesses are different,but RS is not, except for the rear harness which includes the backup lights. The RS system is vacuum,so the wires should all jive up front for you. Not sure which part of the harness you are trying to work a deal on, i.e., complete harness, underdash and underhood,etc. For a frame of reference, a completely new harness from front to rear is roughly $500.

FWIW, the used harness would have to be way cheap and in perfect shape for me to consider using it. Had a bad experience once with used wiring in a 55 Chevy. The car darned near burned to the ground,and could have taken the house with it. Never again. Its new wiring for me. The peace of mind is something that's tough to put a pricetag on.
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Re: '69 RS Wiring harness

No truer words have been spoken here. Most all of my wiring is original. Last year, on the return road after a drag run, FIRE BROKE OUT. I killed the battery via the NHRA required trunk shut-off switch and held damage to $10.00. Thanks again NHRA.
My original power wires from the horn relay wore through where they wrap around the radiator core support and go to the distribution block. Dead Short! A rubber hose now protects the new power wires at that corner. Whew.


See the hose?

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Re: '69 RS Wiring harness

Well, I agree. I have ALWAYS replaced the wiring when I have restored cars, but thought if this harness was as nice as he claimed.... Well, you know.

I may still be better off to wait and buy a new harness.

BTW... My car may start seeing some paint as early as next week.
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Re: '69 RS Wiring harness

Used harnesses can be restored and used just like any part. Unwrap the harness, check all wires for soft/brittle/cracked insulation (this happens when insulation gets hot) and connections for looseness. Replace any suspect wire and connection (some spare junk harnesses are useful here) with the same color and guage of wire. Then run 12v through each wire (a lamp on alligator clips as a load works well), also useful to install switches, lamps, etc to test circuits as well. Install in car and re-test. Then rewrap keeping all wire outs in the required location. A pain, but it can be done!

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A pain, but it can be done!

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