Modern Wiring Page 1

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This is our "project" - a six-volt '66 Beetle. Looks good from a distance but it has a long way to go to be what we want. Just pop the bonnet...here's where we made our decision to do a major renovation.
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Be brave and take a loser look. The original wiring was bad enough with wimp fuses, unprotected hot terminals and no markings what so ever. But then add years of amateur owners who have patched leads, used household wire, twisted connections and electrical tape. Top off the spaghetti with the emergency flasher module and other ?black box? components and it becomes impossible to digest. Start ripping it out... Step one in any electrical project, disconnect the battery. We'll donate this 6-volt to one of our antique car friends.
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In order to get at everything, we are gutting the interior. It needs it anyway. This pile of goop from near the battery and by the wheel well is courtesy of New England mice. It has to come out both for safety and to eliminate that old car smell. At least this project didn't have the dead mouse left inside the pile. Power to the rear end goes down the driver kick panel, then through and along the heat box...
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...then back through the rail to go over the rear wheel well... ...into the engine compartment...
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...across to the passenger side... ...and down to the starter. Note what is connected where - write it down and make sketches if needed. Then tear it all out.
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The steering column feed will get pulled out but retained since we're not doing a column swap. Here is the new kit to be installed. Look at that beautiful fuse panel. The kit is extremely well organized in step-by-step packs, each with CAD drawings and all the parts to do a specific installation step.

 

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