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Modern Automotive Rewiring Done the Right Way

Dave Verna - September 02, 2011 09:00 AM

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When it comes to anything aftermarket, you know the Chevy crowd has the best seat in the house. They typically get the first run of the latest and greatest, having the Ford and Mopar crowd trailing with what is left after the fact.

When we said we were going to use an American Autowire kit on a ’71 Dodge Dart, we were greeted with the standard responses: “I thought they made Chevy kits.” Well yes, they make Chevy kits. They also make a lot of Ford kits. They even have a classic series that includes most components you would upgrade (electric fuel pump, fan, gauges, etc.), but the poor Mopar guys are left in the dust once again. Aside from a couple OEM resto-type kits, they are left to the generic stuff.

The guys at Automotive Rewire like a challenge! Craig and Stan are about as knowledgeable as it gets with wiring. The car was brought to them, and the owner was asked the intended usage, what he would like out of the new wiring and what he expected from it. The team determined an American Autowire Highway 22 kit would fit the bill nicely. One look at American Autowire’s website and we were in street rod wiring territory – we were nervous. Would this kit really fit the bill? There were several questions that needed to be answered, namely the Mopar-specific charging and ignition systems! Stan assured us that we were in good hands and that the kit was more than capable of keeping even the biggest haters from blowing any gaskets!

We are going to get into every detail possible and show you how easy the decision was to go to an American Autowire kit. There are cheaper kits out there, but be aware they don’t have all the necessary hardware and can nickel and dime you to death! We contacted Tiewraps.com for all the odds and ends, namely tie wraps, convoluted tubing, double-walled heat shrink, connectors and anything else that we needed. They were a welcome addition to the project and really gave the job the professional touch!

The moral of the story is that you can successfully wire your vehicle with a universal wiring kit if there are no kits available as plug-and-play. Whether you drive GM, Mopar, Ford, etc., a universal wiring kit will get you up-to-date. Rather than adding a low-quality kit to handle some of the circuits that you are having problems with, plan on installing a kit that will handle the entire vehicle. Keep reading to see all the ins and outs of the complete rewiring for cars that have been neglected by the aftermarket – until now!

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