Rewiring Project Checklist
If you're going to rewire your ride, this checklist may be helpful to you. I purchased the EZ-Wire Kit for my truck and had a whole lot of rewarding fun installing it myself ... it took me ten days to do, but I took my time with it and enjoyed the first-time experience. You can view my pictures and daily diary of the project: Click Here
The necessary things to buy before you start your project:
A Roll of 12-Guage Black Machine Tool WireChecklist #2
This stuff is gas and oil resistant ... the EZ-Wire Kit doesn't come with grounding wires and this is what I used for all my grounds.
Plenty of Shrink Tubing
For all your solder joints or connectors.
Plenty of Solder ... or Connectors
Soldering is the right way to make all your connections, but if you don't have access to electricity, connectors may be your alternative.
Plenty of Vinyl Split Loom
I think this is the best way to cover all your wire-runs and make a nice looking job of it all ... buy vinyl split loom only -- plastic won't last!
Plenty of Vinyl Tie Straps
I used a ton of these to tie down all the split loom, neat as a pin ... buy vinyl tie straps only -- plastic won't last!
You'll get a fusible link or two with your kit, but it's a good idea to pack a few in your road kit ... and, in some cases, you'll want to use these instead of an in-line fuse -- Be Sure & Read This!
Bolts, Washers & Nuts for Circuit Breaker Box
These didn't come with the kit ... so, after making some measurements, I went to Home Depot and bought what I needed to mount my circuit breaker box.
New Battery Cables and Ground Strap
I put new #2 cables on my battery ... after all, why not? I ran the ground cable from the battery to my engine ... then from the engine-bolt, I ran a #4 ground cable to the firewall ... and I also added a new ground-strap from the battery to the frame.
Things I wound up adding to my project; things you may or may not want to do, but worth your consideration:
This was a personal choice of mine ... it's not split and it's not pretty ... it's also a bit more difficult to work with, but super-protective -- I used it to run wires down the full length of my frame rails, from the front of the truck to the rear ... Chevy Duty part #52-596 1-800-741-1678
In the interest of getting all my dash knobs to match, I decided to put a new headlight switch in ... more details about all that can be seen Here
Not a great necessity, but I put a new high-beam/low-beam switch in anyway.
Glove Box Light
My glovebox had no light in it, so I added the kit from Chevy Duty to my project.
You may already have the overhead light, but my truck didn't ... plus, I wanted to add some floor lights and put switches in the doors for automatic lighting all around -- Here's How
License Plate Light
Mine was all rotted out ... I have a mid-70s rear bumper with a license plate light unit, so it was an easy job to get a whole new unit and put it in.
A new cigarette lighter may be something to consider ... I did it just so I could match all my dash knobs up -- See Here
New Headlight Plugs
The connectors for my headlights were ancient! So I put new connectors in.
Adding relays to things like your headlights is a great idea! You get brighter lights, cooler wires and pop less fuses, too -- Here's How
And, if you don't understand what relays are all about ... Read This
Under the Hood
There are some great improvements you can make to your entire electrical system -- Read This
If you have an electric cooling fan on your radiator -- Read This
Electric Wiper Conversion Kit
If you've been thinking of installing an electric wiper kit, this would be the easiest time to install that puppy!