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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: San Antonio, TX
Re: American Autowire Harness - any tips/tricks/advice for a newbie?
Really smooth install if you have their crimpers and follow their suggestions (helps if you're a bit OCD or can at least take your time and keep track of details). I laid each section in place, zip tied the harness together, added the connectors, then took it out, wrapped it, and laid it back in. Went in smoothly without problems. Only question is how to finish a crimp - they note that they use a heavy hydraulic press to make their connections and advise you to solder your connections. I didn't bother inside the body (a really good hand crimp should be plenty for a dry connection with no strain) but the engine bay connections I crimped, soldered, and shrink-wrapped to minimize strain (solder joints are prone to breaking because they become brittle) and try to protect against corrosion. Any wires running right by the engine or exhaust (distributor connections, oil pressure, water temp, heater fan, and ignition lead to the starter) I used a fiberglass based heat shield wrap on.
Clearly, if you decide to add relays, fans, alternate gauges, etc (which I did), things become markedly more complex. Still a good kit, just plan on a bunch of extra hours staring at it and making it work if you branch out beyond the directions.
1967 RS driver with a 327/210... but now with an M20, HEI, AAW harness w/ halogens and relays, Dakota Digital, Moto-Lita, TMI interior, and a few other toys