Threading the wiring harness back into the body was much easier and more fun than extracting it, although the entire reassembly gets funner as it goes. All of the sub-clusters were removed from their bags and the dangling connectors taped up tightly to enable them to slip through the various body holes. That part was remarkably easy. The biggest hassle was squeezing the firewall grommets back over the entire harness from the tail end. In my finite wisdom, I had removed them.
Technically, the grommets are just the opposite ends of the “snorkel,” which is the stock rubber sleeve that protects the harness where it passes from the cockpit into the engine bay. The sleeve part was trashed due to age, but the grommets were still useful. So I worked them back onto the harness, aided by a few shots of WD40. I’ll squirt some silicon into them for waterproofing sometime later. In retrospect, I would have left the grommets on and just pushed them through the firewall and into the driver compartment with the rest of the harness. To anybody who is doing their own 914 restoration, I hope you avoid that bit of foolishness. Besides, replacement snorkels are hard to find and would be a serious challenge to install. Leave the one you have where it is, and wrap it with some nice 3M vinyl electrical tape.
Another point of interest is the install of an updated JWest Engineering fuse panel that dumps the old school capsule fuses in favor of modern blade fuses. These blades actually glow after they’ve blown so you can easily locate them. That’s so future. I saw complaints on other 914 blogs that the terminal placement on the new fuse panel is awkward, and that spacers are needed to give the panel room to clear the original wiring stalk. Awkward yes, but with the proper massaging, the stalk flattened out enough to allow the panel to mount without spacers or excessive cussing. More on the new fuse panel install can be found in a later post.
Now to the pictures: