Wiring on my '52

Gardy458

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First time posting but I've been lurking here for a while. I've had my 1952 for just over 2 years now. done quite a bit on it so far but since it was running and driving when i got it i have tried to keep from doing anything that would take it off the road for too long.

I'm finally to the point i think where i need to do some major work. First on deck is the wiring. when i bought the truck about the only wiring that worked was the charging and ignition. The lights were all either disconnected or spliced with wire nuts and all wire tags missing. I have since removed all lights and restored them, and am beginning to think about replacing all of the wiring.

Over the last week i have began tracing the wires and attempting to label everything before I pull the harness out to make a new one. it appears there were some dyslexic fellas working on this thing in the past. Im finding turn signals wired to the wrong side, and different front to back, lots of extra wires that don't seem to go anywhere even though appear to be part of the original harness, and random connectors that appear to be original but don't appear on any diagrams as well.

I think i will start this thread as not only a place to ask help from those that have more experience with these than i do, but also to share the progress and any information and resources I come up with.

A few questions I have right off the batt. What wire would you go with? Even though it wouldn't be "original" I was considering using the 14 ga Prestolite wire available from several sources, and stay away from the cloth stuff.

Second, does anyone have any pictures of them building new harnesses or harnesses laid out that they could share that i can use for reference.

Third, I have modified the trucks schematic to be correct for the solid state flasher that is installed, anyone with a schematic savvy mind care to check my work, ill attach it below.
 

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Welcome, glad you decided to start posting now. My personal preference would be to do away with the metal shell connectors and go with the current set up for which parts are super easy to come by. I use Erik’s for this. Good luck.
 

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Gardy the metal shell connectors though very effective for their day there are much better ways to do it today! There are some folks who want everything as it was in the time the truck was built, I am not one of them! The quality of the wiring products today is so much better than even 10 years ago. My goal in wiring a truck is to do it once and do it right and never have to touch it again! Good luck with your project plan acquire and execute.
 

Gardy458

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Gardy the metal shell connectors though very effective for their day there are much better ways to do it today! There are some folks who want everything as it was in the time the truck was built, I am not one of them! The quality of the wiring products today is so much better than even 10 years ago. My goal in wiring a truck is to do it once and do it right and never have to touch it again! Good luck with your project plan acquire and execute.
Thanks. I have put some thought into the connectors. still not sure on it 100% but im thinking i may play around with some modern connectors that i could maybe hide in the old metal shells. Realistically i could just use a waterproof butt splice under the douglas shells as i dont see too much need to have to disconnect them once everything is working as it should.
 

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After 2 days of fighting, head scratching, and a few beers, I managed to get all of the light wires tracked down, tagged, and the rear harness pulled from the truck. It was so brittle I had to pull the fuel tank to get it out without damaging it too much. Going to finish up on the headlights and front turn signals this weekend and probably pull the truck out and set up a big bench to start building new harnesses.
 

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