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Old Jan 13th, 16, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Total Rewire - 1971 Camaro

I had purchased a complete wire harness and kit for my 71. The kit does not have any of the sockets included. Is there anyone that can provide some advice on how to properly install this kit without causing any major damage. I have never performed electrical wiring replacement of this magnitude before and the last thing I need to do with torch this car.
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Old Jan 13th, 16, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What wiring kit did you buy?
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Old Jan 13th, 16, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Hi there Chris, thanks for the reply.The part number for the Painless complete wiring harness kit is - Part # 20112, 20113, & 20114

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Old Jan 13th, 16, 06:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it was a "complete" kit it would have the connectors, sockets, new headlight switch etc.
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Old Jan 14th, 16, 02:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, painless isn't known for for having a complete kit like others have. You will have to use your old sockets and splice them into the new harness. If you have a 71, just curious why you have the 20113 and 20114 kits? Aren't those for for post 73 cars? If I was able to return the kits I would and buy a complete kit (I mean every piece you will need) like the AAW classic update kit http://www.americanautowire.com/view...vrolet-camaro/ The kit can be bought for a cheaper price through some of the well known vendors. If you need a recommendation for one I would use http://www.mattsclassicbowties.com
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Old Jan 14th, 16, 03:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the correction. The The harness has the fuse box with all wiring coming out that feeds to the rear, interior and engine compartment as one completel wiring set. All that is lacking from this kit are the connectors. What I am thinking is the best thing to do, is to use as many of the original connectors as possible splicing the new wires at each connector. The main problem is that most of my sockets and so forth are dry rotted due to age.

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As noted above make sure you have the correct kit. If your connectors are bad seriously consider a complete kit from American Auto Wire (AAW). They include all the connectors and sockets. If you choose to use your old connectors I suggest you buy some butt connectors of various sizes and shrink tube (I like eBay for both) and a quality crimping tool. Slide a piece of shrink tube tube on the wire then crimp and solder each connection. You are correct, you do not wand bad connections. It takes time and practice to do it right.
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Old Jan 15th, 16, 11:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wiring seldom fails, its the connections that get corroded and fail.

You really should return that painful wiring kit and get a complete kit for the 71 that is complete with new connectos and the wires terminated ready to plug into the sockets where needed.
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Old Jan 15th, 16, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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The install manual that I have covers tbose three part numbers. For instance this kit has wiring for electric windows where mine is manual along with air conditioning and power door locks which none of these pertain to my Camaro either. Which in a way is a good thing if I decide to install power door locks and power windows as an example. Now as for returning the kit, I have exceeded the Grace time allowed to return it so I either sell it and then purchase a complete kit or work witb what I have at this point.
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I agree hhot71,
That kit from American autowire looks outstanding. I am pretty sure that the best thing for me at this point is to spend $600 and not have to worry how about any major issues.

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Just want to say thanks to everyone who replied to my request this is been a great help. Have a great day everybody.
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Old Jan 26th, 20, 01:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I bought the AAW kit for my 69 a while back. It had everything including all new light sockets. Also it came with numerous options for upgrades like pow seats heated seats, digital dash, etc. The instructions were very easy to follow along with illustrations.
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Old Jan 26th, 20, 04:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have always associated "Painless" as a "PITA" . I agree with purchasing AAW, even if you had to eat the other harness.

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X2. Never been a fan of Painful Wiring.

Used it once. Never again. AAW is the way to go.
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