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Old May 24th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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Thanks Dave, so far so good on the DIY harness, but I'll keep it in mind.

It's hard to say whether the positive ground was just a mistake, of if it was done by design. The wiring throughout the truck was so diabolical that it could be either or.
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I'm sure it was an accident (I can't think of any reason to convert a Neg earth vehicle to Pos earth). But if the person was careless enough to hook up the battery backwards (it's not hard to get them correct) then no telling what else they were careless about.
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Hello,
My 84 suffered an electrical fire within one mile of my home on its maiden voyage. It looks as though the engine loom (harness) is toast. I'm not very confident about what I'd find remaining of the wires going into the dash either.

If I decide to replace the entire vehicle's harness is a place like Auto Sparks my best bet?

http://www.autosparks.co.uk/index.php?cPath=114

It would seem with all the interchangeability between the NA and turbo diesel motors that there should be a bunch of looms on the used market but would I be better off just buying new and starting from scratch? Or the third option would be a custom loom I guess... Any thoughts?

I have no radio or AC so I'm hoping it's a fairly simple endeavor.
Did the plug for the main harness-where the engine harness plaugs in get melted/compromised ?
If not simply get a 4cyl harness and get back on the road. I had the same thing happen on my 130 less than 2 weeks after it cleared customs. I was bale to get the harness from Duncan @ http://www.brit-car.co.uk/ in 4 days and it was plug and play getting the truck back on the road. My truck is a 300 tdi and the part was about 60gbp.
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Did the plug for the main harness-where the engine harness plaugs in get melted/compromised ?
If not simply get a 4cyl harness and get back on the road. I had the same thing happen on my 130 less than 2 weeks after it cleared customs. I was bale to get the harness from Duncan @ http://www.brit-car.co.uk/ in 4 days and it was plug and play getting the truck back on the road. My truck is a 300 tdi and the part was about 60gbp.

The plug didn't make it, but it's all re-wired and running already. At the moment we are working on replacing all the Victorian era glass fuses.
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