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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 12, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Original wire harness

Hey guys,

Here's a pic of my 68's original wire harness. Getting ready to re-install the wiring and I'm wondering what my options are and what people normally go with for wire harness. Clean it up and reuse it (I'm guessing no since it is over 40 years old) or trash it and find something aftermarket?

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Re: Original wire harness

Picture didn't post. If you want to keep your car original, I would use an American Autowire harness.

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Get the Factory Fit from American Auto Wire and they are identical to your harness. It's a plug and play job. These wiring harness' are spot on to replace old wiring with. I replaced every wire on my car. Can't afford not to when you compare loss of your car from a fire VS cost to replace wiring harness.

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I don't trust 40 plus year old insulation on wiring harnesses. It was stressed when it was removed and will again when reinstalled. Why risk it? American Auto Wire's Factory fit line is OEM correct connectors and colors to keep it original. If your ride is modified American Auto Wire has a line for you called the classic update.


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Re: Original wire harness

I have my original harness in a 67, it works well. If you do replace yours don't throw out the original, it has some good connectors and stuff you or someone else could use at one time or another.

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Re: Original wire harness

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I have my original harness in a 67, it works well. If you do replace yours don't throw out the original, it has some good connectors and stuff you or someone else could use at one time or another.
I was beginning to think I was the only one to use my original harness. My car has only 60,000 miles and garaged all it's life. When I had the harnesses out I carefully checked them for hard and cracked insulation and also took all the connectors apart and check their condition.

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Re: Original wire harness

To each his own. Both of my '68s have their original harness'. As long as it's still pliable and you clean the contacts, I don't see a problem. I also make sure there's a fusable link in the accessory/charge line.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Original wire harness

For those of you that used your original wire harness. What did you do if you did find a hard dried out area. Can you repair that?
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 01:29 AM
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Re: Original wire harness

No, any wiring that's hard needs to be replaced. If it's just one or a few wires, they could be replaced individually and the harness re-wrapped.

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Re: Original wire harness

Since the harness is out and a new one is minimal cost I'd change it out and if you go to my build thread I have many examples of a few things to change that are not correct and stand out as not being correct. Most obvious to change are the white plugs for the headlights as the originals are brown and the alternator hot wire rubber boot. Change those and she will look the part. Check out page 54 post 798! Searching that thread has many examples for wiring including how to change out the headlight white plugs to the correct brown ones. Also, my harness had repairs so for me it was a no brainer. Oh, and yes, go with American Auto Wires original fit. They are #1 and have great service. Good luck!
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 04:46 AM
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AAW .. all the way

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Re: Original wire harness

I installed all new M Parker Autoworks Harnesses in my 68 Camaro back in 1986.
M Parker Autoworks became Factory Fit and is now American Autowire.
My Dad is the original owner and the wiring looked pretty rough when I was given the Camaro. Since new, the car had a short that nobody could find. When the warranty expired, my Dad was basically told by Chevrolet that he was on his own. When I got the car, the dash harness, engine harness and rear light harnesses were a mess. I saved my money and bought all new harnesses except for the dome light harness and the dash harness. There was no way I was taking down the original perfect headliner for the dome light harness. The dash harness wasn't available new yet, so I sent my original to M Parker Autoworks to be rebuilt. Almost 30 years later, I have never had any more trouble with a battery being drained because of a short. Now the new wiring is in the car longer than the original wiring. I wonder if I will have to change it down the road? The Camaro has been in a garage since 1985, so I hope that it will be OK for a long time.
To the OP. Contact American Autowire. You will not be sorry.

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Re: Original wire harness

I replaced the front light harness, and reworked/repaired the others. The under-hood wiring takes quite a beating over the years. So does the trunk harness as most of these old beaters have leaky trunks.


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Re: Original wire harness

As long as the insulation on the wires is pliable your old harness will work perfectly. Wires can be replaced as someone else noted and so can connectors. I will reuse all my original wiring. I did buy a repro fuse box and it is a honey. Perfect!
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 10:10 AM
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Re: Original wire harness

Depends on your goal. You could unwrap, inspect, repair, and rewrap the old harness for ultimate originality. However, nearly 50yrs is a lot of wear and tear and a short isn't just an inconvenience in some places. The AAW is great quality and uses GXL wire which is markedly more heat resistant. If you're not a numbers-matching guy, the classic update is cheaper and allows you some freedom to modify (like add relays, internally regulated alternator, HEI or efi, gauges) if you want to as it isn't prewrapped with insulation. Personally, I considered it cheap insurance over losing my car to an electrical fire.

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