Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Re: power wire gauge
I would belly up to the bar and get good battery cables and get away from the ones you have on there now. I too would get the ones made that include the small gauge fusible links.
On my 68 Nova I bought restoration style battery cables from Classic Industries and they are the spring type and they had the fusible link wires on them. When I first installed them I had a battery with the positive close to the fender and all of the big and small wires were long enough to make connections where the factory had them but later I added the battery topper which then positioned the battery negative post closest to the fender, the fusible links were not long enough so I extended them but still kept the fusible links in place for protection.
The spring end cables have their place but if you need to add extra power or ground cables off of the battery terminals then get the style that use a nut and bolt to clamp the end to the post to where later you can take the nut off, put on an added wire with a ring terminal on it and then put the nut back on and have solid connections. You cannot easily add extra power and ground wires using the spring end type.
On yours while it may work I would correct things. If that green wire you have now off of your positive post crossing over the negative post ever shorts, expect bad results.
1974 Spirit Of America Nova (being restored), 1973 Nova Custom, 1968 Chevy II (Garage Find 2012)
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