Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems Vol. 2: Projects (Workbench)

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Countless collector car owners are skilled at performing mechanical work, but for many of them, electrical work seems like a mystery, too complicated and too confusing. However, electrical upgrades are absolutely essential for a high-performance classic car or a modified car to perform at its best. With a firm understanding of the fundamentals, you can take this comprehensive guide and complete a wide range of electrical projects that enhance the performance and functionality of a vehicle.

In this revised edition (formerly titled Automotive Electrical Performance Projects) brilliant color photos and explanatory step-by-step captions detail the installation of the most popular, functional, and beneficial upgrades for enthusiasts of varying skill levels. Just a few of the projects included are: maximizing performance of electric fans; installing electronic gauges; upgrading charging systems; and installing a complete aftermarket wiring harness, which is no small task. Each facet is covered in amazing detail.

Veteran author Tony Candela, who wrote CarTech’s previous best-selling title Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems, moves beyond the theoretical and into real-world applications with this exciting and detailed follow-up. This Volume 2 is essential for any enthusiast looking to upgrade his or her classic vehicle to modern standards, and for putting all the knowledge learned in Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems into practice.

This book is a 2015 International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) Silver Award Winner.


From the Publisher

Veteran author Tony Candela, who wrote CarTech’s previous best-selling title Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems, moves beyond the theoretical and into real-world applications with this exciting and detailed follow-up. This Volume 2 is essential for any enthusiast looking to upgrade his or her classic vehicle to modern standards, and for putting all the knowledge learned in Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems into practice.

Basic Circuits

The Painless Courtesy Light Kit includes a pair of universal pin switches and the associated bullet connectors; the kit can be used in any vehicle. But, if your doorjambs already have stock pin switch locations (just empty), as the Olds jambs had, purchase the factory-type switch for a perfect fit.

Performance Lighting

To access the low/high-beam switch, it is necessary to remove the kick panel trim and pull back the carpet and sound-deadening material. Unravel the tape on the harness, and use a piercing probe to connect to the low-beam output wire as shown here.

Performance Gauges

This set of Auto Meter Elite Series 21⁄16-inch gauges represents the state of the art in aftermarket gauges. Everything needed for most installations is included with each gauge.

Getting Started

Does this look familiar? It is an example of the “just get it done” attitude, and it is all too common with enthusiasts’ prized possessions. Can you imagine how difficult this is to service? Are all circuits protected properly? Sometimes, it can be difficult even to begin fixing a problem like this. After all, where do you start? The best recipe is to avoid it altogether.

Electric Fans

This kit is from Flex-A-Lite. It includes dual 13-inch fans mounted to a plastic fan shroud that has a rubber gasket around the fans. It’s designed to give a good seal to the radiator.

Charging Systems

You can see the scale of this cable. Yes, it is massive, but it is super flexible and easy to route. Use the correct-size alternator boot (available at ceautoelectricsupply.com), connect the cable to the alternator’s output stud, and use wire ties to keep the cable away from moving parts and heat sources.

Wiring Harness

I installed the high-current jumper to the right side of the main ground distribution block. I ran a short length of 8-AWG wire from the lower bolt on the barrier strip to the main ground distribution block. This is an excellent time to check that all of the screws on both barrier strips are very tight. I’ll re-mount the JL Audio fuse holder later.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ CarTech; Illustrated edition (May 5, 2015)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1613252293
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1613252291
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.08 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.38 x 11 inches

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