I’m now past the middle of stripping down the car. It’s proceeding on it’s own terms at a kind of Zen pace. I find it relaxing and fun – maybe because I’m in OCD heaven. EVERYTHING gets bagged and labeled. Last big push, I tore down the front end of the car and retracted the wiring harness into the passenger compartment. This weekend I had time to start stripping the back of the car and pulled the harness from the rear trunk into the engine bay. It’s like reaching into lion’s mouth and pulling the spinal cord out like a bundle of tangled vines. Here is the tail end of the harness laying on the rear trunk hood.
The bulk of my time was spent tediously labeling and separating the wiring for the regular tail lights, turn signals, etc. from the ignition and fuel injection electronics. I won’t be needing anything that ever touched gasoline. Below is a shot of those components which appeared to be an aftermarket kit. They were mounted in the trunk in a non-factory kind of way.
Since some of these wires are a “sub-harness” that will stay with the engine when I sell it, I made sure to label the individual connector pins with different colored nail polish. I think I owe that idea to my Dad or one of my uncles. I always thought it was cool to find nail polish in a man’s workshop, being used for something technical. I remember a bottle once being kept in a glove box to mask a crack in a Studebaker tail light lens.