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Wiring Options,repair or replace

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CrakersAndSomeChedarChese, Oct 22, 2006.

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  1. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

    CrakersAndSomeChedarChese Banned

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    My 74k5 has some wiring problems .Nothing works on the dash really,no guages, no turnsignal, just a red light when i turn the key to start it, thats it.
    It does however run,it drives, charges the battery,headlights work,Just the basics.Just no guages on the inside are working on the dash really.

    I dont know jack about wiring really so,,,

    Should i replace it with a new harness or just fix whats there in your guys opinion since it runs with the basics.?I mean its a basic 74 with no power anything. How expensive are the new harnesses and whats a decent harness to buy if so.

    Please Help out,,

    THANKS :waytogo:
     
  2. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

    CrakersAndSomeChedarChese Banned

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    Oh yeah i DO have a Chiltons book for the 74, im pretty sure a wiring diagram is in that baby.I just dont want to fry what i do have working already :crazy:
     
  3. Confedneck79K30

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    get a wiring manual for the truck and rewire it, you'll benefit from the experiment
     
  4. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

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    I dont know where to even start :doah:
     
  5. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Hi Jake.

    Wiring is just like plumbing. To wit:

    If you have a leak in the bathroom, you COULD tear out all the pipes under the house and put new ones in.

    If you put the new ones in badly, they might still leak. In more places. Sure, if you did it all right, it would be nice. But if you knew how to do the whole thing right, you'd know how to fix it.

    If you just fix the problem, it's cheaper, easier, and simpler.

    And as for your email, remember that my brother lives in San Francisco. For all I know he's the kind of people you're trying to protect your family from, and I have no interest in those sort of family values nor protecting them.

    -- A
     
  6. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    Hmmm, sounds a lot like a 74 I used to have. On mine, should I have kept it, I would've gone with a Painless Wiring kit and replaced most everything. This is due to the fact that the wiring is pretty simple, but deteriorates pretty good over time. Not to mention the fact that on the 74 I used to own ;) the block on the firewall had seen better days. So, with the Painless Wiring kit, you get a whole new wire harness which should last for years. Plus, you can add a second battery while you are at it with just a couple of extra bucks.
     
  7. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

    CrakersAndSomeChedarChese Banned

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    Yeah your right,you are right. Actually now is a good time to proclaim

    Just because someone is gay dosent mean they are bad. I found that out. & Tens of thousands of people cannot be wrong.Thats all i will say :wink1:

    So is there one common hot wire i need to chase? I dont know where to start :crazy:

    No sense in ribbing, there broken already
     
  8. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

    CrakersAndSomeChedarChese Banned

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    YEAH THAT!:haha: You always plan ahead! While im stuck with a lazy eye and no speedo because i diddnt plan. Sheesh :D
     
  9. dremu

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    Speedo on a '74 is not electric, it's mechanical, so it has nothing to do with the wiring. Follow the cable from behind the gauge cluster through the firewall, under the truck, to the transfer case.

    -- A
     
  10. supersize75k5

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    go junk yarding and find a harness and circuit box from a un hacked clean truck.. i have changes two harnesses, very easy, simple and no hackery! just be sure to find one with little or no corrosion or rust etc..

    plenty of people cutting these things up or wrecking them every day, fleet truck, the other from a burb,
     
  11. CrakersAndSomeChedarChese

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    You and Desert Rat are conflicting but both have good points,

    due to the funds factor and History of you Under the hood Dremu ill take your advise , i WANT the harness but wire is cheaper. That will do for now, ill get the dual battery setup later. Wire is cheap and those harnesses are $$ . Chiltons manual dont fail me now. You make it sound so easy ,,and i can feel its going to be a pita .:D

    Tommorow i will chase wires. Thanks guys, i got it .
     
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    I knew that. :doah:
     
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    go boy go..


    i just couldnt do it, when you actually add up the cost of quality connectors, wire, time and headache, fixing what you fixed but then after a bump in the road broke...

    for wirng..spend money or stay stock and simple
     
  14. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Bye bye Jake...and please stop coming back. I'm getting bored of banning you over and over again.

    Rene
     
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    damn Rene, i didnt even get to hit the notify button!
     
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    dang it I missed something?
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Cheddarcheesedude was another of Jake's alias's. I'd have to go count but I'm pretty sure I've banned him at least a dozen times now. BadDog has also banned him six or seven times now.

    Gonna close this thread now...nothing more to see.

    Rene
     
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