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    Default Wiring Harnesses

    My latest little annoyance with vendor parts has to do with wiring harnesses. Working on a '52 Chief and bought a harness from Greers that was cataloged as model specific for the 52/53 models. I was disappointed. There was a red wire, a bluish gray wire, a black wire with red tracer marks and all the other wires were black. I traced all of the wires using my multi wire and put the harness on the bike. After I hooked up the two wires to the voltage regulator, I found that the red wire to the battery was way too short. Greers told me that the black wire with the red slash marks was for the horn, but one end came out about where the carb sits. I got out the harness I purchased years ago from Indian Supply and things were better. Green wire and a black wire with red tracer marks to the voltage reg, red battery wire was long enough to actually reach the battery and there was a black wire with red tracer marks that was tied to the battery (goes to stop light switch). No horn wire, which was not a big deal, as the harness was for '48 and later models, not specific to a '52. The main fault with this harness was that the eyelet terminals for the ignition switch were sized for a 10-32 screw, not a 6-32. This is the harness I will use after I change the eyelet terminals. Given the amount of time I spent sorting all of this out, I would have been just as well off starting from scratch and making my own harness as I went along.

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    I'll be doing my wiring for my '47 Chief and I'd like to hear other experiences with wiring harnesses from vendors, or if making your own where did you get the wire and terminals? And what wiring diagram did you use?

    I've wired several car builds, including a Jag when I was 18 that I discovered, too late, that was positive ground.

    I like to do wiring and at this time I'm planning on doing it myself but interested in others experience.

    Thanks.
    Terry

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    A great source for wire and supplies is Rhode Island wire. http://www.riwire.com

    Not complete harnesses, but correct wire and supplies. Click the supply button to the left.

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    TH47Indy--I used the "Indian Chief Parts Book #67500" as my guide. I has a pictorial layout of the wires and components. It is to scale, i.e. is not just a schematic. The parts book was a repo item I got years ago from Indian Supply (Jim Sutter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by swall View Post
    TH47Indy--I used the "Indian Chief Parts Book #67500" as my guide. I has a pictorial layout of the wires and components. It is to scale, i.e. is not just a schematic. The parts book was a repo item I got years ago from Indian Supply (Jim Sutter).
    Replying late. It looks like Jim is retired and can't find the Parts Book #67500 with a search. The pictorial layout you describe sounds great, I have found some basic schematics but looking for more detail including gauge and color.

    Any ideas where to find the book?
    Thanks

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    It's unfortunate what you get nowadays (wrong colors,wire lengths,terminal ends too thin,etc.) To me it seems 14 ga. wire and wire color is the tracer color and the pattern of the tracer color changed in different years as they may still have used the lucas pattern in the later years about '41 and later,but the experts need to chime in.

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    TH47Indy--The parts book is listed in Rocky's catalog, at least it still was in the 2009 edition I have. The next problem is how to get a hold of Rocky, as he is phasing out his business from what I understand.

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    Go to a swap meet if you are near one. Rocky was at Eustis, Oley and Denton so far this year and am sure he will be at Wauseon.

    Tom (Rollo) Hardy
    AMCA#12766

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    Go to a swap meet if you are near one. Rocky was at Eustis, Oley and Denton so far this year and am sure he will be at Wauseon.

    Tom (Rollo) Hardy
    AMCA#12766
    I'm in So. California and only making it to the Dixon meet this year. I'll keep an eye out for the parts book there.
    Thanks.

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    If you're going to Dixon, stop at Kiwi's booth and see if they have their restoration guide available yet. Might have what you need.

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