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Just got the wiring harness in the mail. Opened it and it looks nothing like what i expected. Any comments or personal experience on this wiring harness ??? Kinda P.O.'d that i just shelled out $110 for something i potentially can not use.
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Send it back! Or better yet, call 'em! They have great customer service.

You have a crap load of mods under the hood, as well as the drive train, yet expect a 'factory fit' harness to plug in the first time?

Did you do all the mods, or buy it that way? How many people have been under the hood and dash before you?

I bought my '66 in 1978, and the wiring under the dash and hood had already been molested (trashed).

Cheapo alarm and cutoff, somehow wired into the ignition circuit. Holes in the door panels for Craig speakers.

I never expected an AAW harness to fit directly, but their Highway 22 series worked for me. A few extra circuits, so spares for upgrades.
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I've had nothing but good experience with them, what were you expecting that was so different?
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X3 on good experience....their tech support was awesome at helping get past some of the "mods" on my 74
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they are the best in the business. call cust serv they will help
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X4 on American Autowire. I ordered a dash harness for my 64 and it was perfect. I used a color coded, laminated wiring diagram that I ordered at the same time and it all went together without a hitch. It was all taped in bundles just like the factory original which made it so much easier to install unlike Painless. Not that they don't make a great product but everything is cut and bundled to the right length. Good products from American Autowire.
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i dont really have that many mods on my elky other than it having a 454 vs 396. I was looking at it and didnt see the connections for the alternator. i looked at the existing one and i see how this one will work. just wondering if there is something i am missing. Shouldnt this one come with the connections for the alternator ?? Thanks guys for all the info thus far.
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Jack,, the 64 alternator was hot feed to the horn relay in 64 as I remember, then from the horn relay through the fuse block ,, across the dash, then out and down to the + post of the starter.,, AND a seperate line from the horn relay across the radiator to the battery. (I never understood that 'loop' of hot power running around the engine bay)

I have not used Am Auto Wire but the Painless kit for my 67 had the separate harness between the horn relay and alternator.

Here is the way stock wired it,, is this like your scenario?

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So the harness i got is correct just didnt realise that it was used for more than just the engine. I got the old one out and compared it to the new one. now gotta figure out what goes where. Gonna call the tech line to see if they can help me out. Thanks Guys and Gals for all the info.
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The complete harnesses I got from AAW for my '69 were spot on perfect. They modified the engine harness for HEI distributor and the front end harness for the internally regulated alternator. The dash harness was perfect. All harnesses were properly wrapped with the fasteners properly oriented for a great fit. Their tech service was spot on helpful each of the 3 times I called for help. Can't Go wrong with them IMHO.
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if you have a up-graded alternator/charging system with a internal regulator, like Marv's pic??
the original kit will be different.. 68 had the external regulator..

heres some more readin/pics
http://madelectrical.com/electrical-tech.shtml

are you running points or HEI??
in a original kit, the coil/distributor wire will be a resistor wire for points, HEI needs full 12v..

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I love the 4x4 look I always wanted to make an one but never managed to. Good luck with the wiring I have had trouble with the old harnesses over the years and have never tried any of the new ones.
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once i got my old harness out and compared it to the new one it was spot on. Just have one question how hard is it to modify this harness for HEI? the elky came with an HEI and didnt realize it until the new harness got here. TIA for any advice and insight. Hopefully in the next week i should be posting pictures on it running and driving.
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once i got my old harness out and compared it to the new one it was spot on. Just have one question how hard is it to modify this harness for HEI? the elky came with an HEI and didnt realize it until the new harness got here. TIA for any advice and insight. Hopefully in the next week i should be posting pictures on it running and driving.
You just need 1 wire for an HEI, from the ignition circuit. The AAW harness should have an hei or spare ign wire.

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