October 27, 2001 - Of Electrical Wiring

Deciding to get the car running before Thanksgiving (real life does that at times doncha know mon?), I yanked out the harness and went EE style on it.  I used a multimeter to determine the continuity and resistance present in each wire.  This lead to my discovery that an entire branch of the harness wasn't functioning properly.  The line promptly disintegrated in my hands after such an inspection.  Time to splice and dice with two spare harnesses (harnii?) to make one complete unit.  All it required was a pair of wire strippers, a meter, and a little bit of know how.  And what do you know?  I now have power to the entire car!  I was never so happy to see a "Fasten Seat Belt" light in my life.

The Pile 'O Wires and Stuffs

Much better.  Once the connections are made, the electrical tape applied, and the plastic tubing put back on you could never tell it didn't come from the factory like this.

Gotta have the tools to get the job done.

I was ecstatic to say the least.

After having discovered that the electrical system is now fully functional, let's see what happens when we crank the engine.  Oh, what is that?  A freely spinning engine attempting to turn?  Happy day!  The headlights, clock, gauges, etc all work (well they at least move around, which is more than they did before). The passenger brakes and the turn signals don't work due to someone having monkeyed around with them in the past.  Shouldn't be too hard to fix though.

I am not the only one who likes the car.  She liked it so much she wouldn't leave it in California.  Apparently a nest of them arrived with the vehicle.  After much roach & ant killer sprayed all about, worries are over.

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Last updated October 29th, 2001 at 11:50PM