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I'm glad it worked out for you!

On the assembly line, I'd guess they gave the guy installing that harness less than 5 minutes, so there's your goal!
 
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We'll see Ross. I'm thinking I can maybe get the three wires for the generator attached in five minutes--longer of course if there are issues with the connectors. I noticed right away that the connectors for the voltage regulator were not right. I'm going to get started tomorrow. I'll have about half a day with some limited help from my friend.

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The new harness, and my original, arrived today! There was a lot going on today, and I wasn't able to really get much of an idea about how difficult (or easy) the installation is going to be. Wouldn't you know it; my friend, the auto electric guy, is leaving for a two week vacation early Monday morning. I'll be left unsupervised, and that doesn't always go so well. I'm not missing out on any cruising opportunities, however. We have 6-10 inches of snow plus freezing rain in our forecast over the next few days. There might very well still be snow on the ground, and salt on the roads, when my friend gets back.

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Abe, I wouldn't be too sure. My friend was too busy getting everything squared away before his vacation to provide any help yesterday. I spent the first five minutes with my new wire harness trying to find a trouble light that worked. I didn't find one, and so had to make do with the available overhead lighting. Next, I got the harness laid out and sort of positioned in the engine bay, and the under-dash portion of the harness stuffed through the firewall. For guidance on this project, I have a blue print of the new harness, a wiring diagram for my truck, and the labels I made for the old harness as each wire was disconnected. I should be good to go, right?

I found the three wires that go to the generator without difficulty, and at about the fifteen minute mark, I had the armature wire attached. Next up were the field and the ground wires for the generator--and I soon realized I didn't really know the difference. There may be markings on the generator, but I couldn't see them. I'm pretty sure, however, that my friend would immediately know the difference just by feeling for the position of the terminals on the generator.

After about 30 minutes struggling for a way forward, I came to the unpleasant realization that most of what I would do in my friend's absence would probably be wrong anyway, and finding my mistakes was no doubt going to take longer than If my friend would just start from scratch. It became easy for me to latch onto the rationalization suggested by Stu's mention of the theoretical factory worker on the assembly line being capable of installing a simple wire harness like mine in five minutes. Why would I want to spend hours trying to accomplish something that a professional could do in minutes? I know that is a lame excuse to many of you who thrive on overcoming obstacles and take pride in doing all the work on your truck yourself.

We are looking at a forecast of another 15 plus inches of snow over the next few days, and so my truck isn't really going anywhere anytime soon. The fact that the St. Louis Truckfest event was recently cancelled also took the pressure off to get my truck back on the road as soon as possible. In two weeks, my friend, the professional, will be back. In the scheme of things, two weeks isn't going to be too long to wait. Yet another lame excuse, I'm afraid.

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Finally, there is some progress to report on the re-wiring front. First the good news; the harness generally seems to fit as advertised! All the wires we have worked with so far have been cut to the right length and just a few of the connectors have had to be modified. The engine starts and runs again and the headlights work. The gauges aren't hooked up yet, so there still could be some issues with the under dash part of the harness. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any included wiring for the signal lights, dome light, lighter, or heater. These wires will need to be added. A power source for the rear view camera I want to install will also have to be added. My friend is happy he can easily move my truck in and out of his shop again. I'm happy my truck should be back on the road again soon.

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That sounds good, Jim. Thanks for the update.
 
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The harness is pretty much installed now, and I can honestly say we really didn't have any issues we could directly blame on the quality or design of the Narragansett harness. There were still issues (of course)--and yes, it has taken more than five minutes.

The most troublesome issue we are having is getting the signal lights to work. My friend, the auto electrician, spent a considerable amount of his (expensive) time yesterday addressing this problem. He's decided that the fault is not in the Narragansett harness, but rather somewhere in the headlight crossover wiring. To really get at this problem, we decided that the headlights and grill would have to be removed. Doing so (of course) involved a few small scratches and scuffs to my paint, but with the crossover wiring exposed, we are hoping to wrap things up today.

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Edit: Initially, we didn't think the Narragansett harness had signal light wiring, but we determined that it does, and it is not the problem.
 
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Are your grille teeth welded to the crossbar? Some are, some aren't. Either way it's tough to remove/install without scratching something. It helps to tape around the holes in the lower valance.
 
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My grill teeth are thankfully bolted to the lower valance. Taping the holes would have been a good idea and would have saved a few light scratches caused by my impatience. We got the headlight crossover wiring harness sorted out. There were some issues. I'm guessing I messed things up when I put the front end together after the re-paint last summer. I thought my signals were working for the "driving season" last summer and fall, but apparently not! Now we just need to make the signal light connections under the dash. I thought I still had the wiring diagram for the signal light unit I purchased, but I can't seem to find it.

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