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Old 07-29-2020, 02:08 PM
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I hope i posted in the right area. Does anyone have a preference on already put together wiring harness for a cobra replica. The only one I have seen so far is from finish line cobra. I just purchased a build from the 80's (supposedly) and it appears to be another cars chopped up harness. I do not know the manufacture of my car as of yet still trying to figure that part out as well. thanks.
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I bought a complete harness from Painless Performance. They make complete color coded and labeled harnesses that include the fuse panel and relays. It came with a very comprehensive instruction manual that even a novice like me can follow. Highly recommend. Good luck with your project. Will
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American Autowire is another popular choice...
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I just replaced the 7 fuse wiring harness in my replica Cobra with one from Shell Valley Classic Wheels. ph 402 246-2355 Excellent quality
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Thank you all. I went with a 13 circuit harness from american autowire.
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I have a West Coast Cobra that was wired, then re-wired - much of it without regard to colour coding, marking or tagging. Some of the wiring has been 'abandoned', and it's a mess under the dash. I could post pictures, but that might just sicken some purists. LOL

Adding to that is I'm also replacing the '80s era Ford steering column with one from Speedway which, of course, necessitates moving ignition, wiper and high beam switches to the dash. The Speedway column has a GM connector for wiring, so I have to adapt the Ford wiring to GM. I'm contemplating tearing it all out and re-wiring it with a kit / harness.

Questions:
  1. How many circuits do I really need? I have a Summit / MSD ignition box, wipers, electric fans and fuel pump, and the WCC blower motor. No A/C, no stereo (ripped it out). No EFI today, but may be adding that at some point.
  2. Is there any benefit to using more circuits and keeping some systems separate from others that would otherwise be combined with fewer circuits?
  3. How much work is it to basically start over and re-do the whole mess?
  4. Would you do this if it was your car?

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Hi Cycleguy55, answering your laser question first, yes, I would definitely do it. It one job that even with limited knowledge and tools you can tackle yourself. A crap wiring job can make your car a PITA. It can be down right dangerous also.
I bought a book called "Automotive Wiring- A practical guide to wiring your hot rod or custom car"-by Dennis W. Parks. There are a number of similar books you could source also. As far as questions 1 & 2 go, I would contact any of the aftermarket specialist wiring harness manufacturers, they usually have very helpful customer service, tell them what you have and what you are planning, and they will advise you. They deal in this kind of thing every day. Good luck with your project.
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