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Old February 21st, 2015, 01:52 PM
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Re-wiring 69 2a 109 need advice

I'm re-wiring my 69 109 with a universal wiring harness and was wondering where is the best place to mount the fuse box? I was thinking the RHS side of the steering column and cover with one of those panel covers that most put gauges in.

Behind the main gauges is to clustered and not easy to access. Under the seat seems clean but much more work and possible extension of portions of the harness.

What's everyone else doing?
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Old February 21st, 2015, 02:13 PM
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I'm re-wiring my 69 109 with a universal wiring harness and was wondering where is the best place to mount the fuse box? I was thinking the RHS side of the steering column and cover with one of those panel covers that most put gauges in.

Behind the main gauges is to clustered and not easy to access. Under the seat seems clean but much more work and possible extension of portions of the harness.

What's everyone else doing?
Define universal wiring harness.
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Old February 21st, 2015, 02:20 PM
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Old February 21st, 2015, 04:38 PM
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Oh gahd.
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Old February 21st, 2015, 04:46 PM
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I got a Bussman fuseblock with relays built right into it for heavy load circuits.
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Old February 21st, 2015, 05:52 PM
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I just wired up a 109 with one of those style harness. I placed the fuse block right under the gauge area in the center and was able to run all the wires up into the gauge area and from there to the motor and to the gauges and all out of sight and works super well and easy to get if you need to change a fuse . I have wired up a bunch with that style wiring harness and all have worked out great
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Old February 21st, 2015, 09:54 PM
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Oh gahd.
Something wrong?



If you mount under the gauges, do you still have room for the heater? I don't have a heater to fit at the moment.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 07:05 AM
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Best to go with factory type harness and then add accessory circuits as needed. Since you already have this wiring harness now you'll have to spend who knows how long figuring out where stuff connects.
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Oh gahd.
X2. Just get a factory harness and add what you need.
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Making your own harness could work just fine and it could also be the biggest nightmare you encounter in the garage.
Since the original set of color codes are not followed, then troubleshooting is difficult at best.
Then there are the owners that get fuse happy and want to fuse or add connectors in unsuitable circuits as they make things up as they go.

As an example, I got a call from a knucklehead who was making his own harness for a 200TDI install and was confused because the fuse supplying power to the glow plugs was smoking and the plastic melting on the mini fuse he had wired in.
I replied by saying the glow plug circuit is not fused, take out the fuse.
The guy said of course it needs a fuse, you don't know that?
Every circuit could benefit from a fuse.
My next statement was, I am very busy and need to go.
Good luck, and I hung up the phone.

The same guy called me back about a month later saying he had taken out the glow plug fuse.
Then he said the same thing was happening with the fuse he put in the wire that goes from the alternator to the battery.
I instructed him to get out the manual and look up the alternator circuit and see if it has a fuse connection.

His ride caught fire a few times due to crimp connectors falling off and who knows what else.
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What vendor would you recommend for wiring harnesses?
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What vendor would you recommend for wiring harnesses?
Welcome to British Wiring - classic British car wiring harnesses and components

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Autosparks, World leading supplier of classic car wiring looms
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Looks great. Thank you.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 10:36 AM
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I'd second the factory harness.
Electric woo's are a nightmare to start with,couldn't imagine solving one with a different harness.

Experienced by adding gadgets running a red hot wire from every thing ....uggg
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