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    Literally I'm in the doghouse, wiring question

    After I got my van home from having the 250/6 head built and installed, I was going to put the passenger seat back in and looked at the wiring harness across from me. It kind of looked like a snake that swallowed a mouse so I cut back the electrical tape and found a mess of spliced wires, not a butt connector one.
    I was able to pull the harness forward and connect every thing back up. My main question is...was there a cannon plug originally in the doghouse or did PO have major short in that location?
    It was a good thing to look closer as there was fresh oil on the head and the RAC bolts were finger tight and the int/exh bolt clamps were mis-aligned. Now I wonder if the head bolts were torqued correctly.
    Thanks for the rant.

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    The connector was there just for the ease of assembly.
    Engines met chassis at some point and that plug was the connecting spot.
    After 50 plus years that plug can be brittle and cracked. If anyone has ever experienced that
    "dead zone" where youre turning the key and nothing happens or suddenly the entire van shuts off.
    Usually at a red light...
    Anyway, that plug can be omitted by splicing the wires together from the engine harness and the front harness.
    Of course the same colored wires go with each other.
    If you want to keep the originality the connectors and plug are available and the entire 2nd gen front harness has been re-popped.
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    On a 1st gen there is supposed to be a harness connector about halfway back in the doghouse below the drivers seat . All to often the main feed overheats and cooks itself along with some of the surrounding wire/plug ins. Getting rid of it is the common solution. Honestly the original wiring is only sized enough to run what it was furnished with originally. So many times folks have just kept adding to the dash wiring creating more draw through the old crap. If your going to add accessories it would be wise to rig up a separate fed fuse panel from the battery or source very close to it.
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    Literally I'm in the doghouse, wiring question

    my 1st gen connector was cut away - does anyone have one to sell...
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    wiring

    That's good to know what was there. The wires really are small gauge for adding much else to the van.

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    I have a complete L6 engine harness you can have, not sure if I have both sides of the plug, will check ,you pay shipping. Email me at m1dadio@gmail.com

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    Harness connector

    M1D,
    Thank-you for the kind offer - I was thinking I only needed the forward half of the connector - I ran out to the garage - found that I do have both halves (parts van donation).

    So thank-you you again for the offer.
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