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KRH (MO)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm needing (wanting) a new wireing harness for my '50 8N. I've seen them on this great website as well as others, usually $20.00 or less. Ran across anouther website that said you don't wont that, you want a perfect reproduction that is weatherproof from some guy named Dennis Carpenter. Well, I checked it out (not that I'm restoring, just want it going), and it went from less than $20.00 up to $68-$74 depending on the serial number. $50.00 is a big difference in a litle set of wires. My question, are the reproduction ones really that much better or, are the other ones just as good? I did notice that the reproduction ones did come with a couple of rubber boots.
Thanks for you time and information.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have not seen one that didn't come with the boots, that would be really cheap. If you are building a parade tractor, one of the $20 harnesses will work ok. But if your tractor is going to get rained on or plow snow you need a wiring harness that has heat shrink or equal protection on all the ends. It takes time to do it right, thus the higher price tag. Your call what will work for you.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ifn you want a show tractor, you need Dennis Carpenter Reproductions.

You can find things there you may not find anywhere else.

http://www.dennis-carpenter.com/


 

Ifn you want a werkin tractor..

Well git what werks.




 

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:54 am    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Carpenter's products are usually superior to the imported stuff elsewhere. A "you get what you pay for" thing.
Crutch 40/9N

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:58 am    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Spark plug wires are high voltage and prone to short out. Your other 6 or 12 volt wiring could be submerged in water and still work fine. If memory serves me right the original was rubber insulation covered with a cloth wrap. It is not as physical tough as the newer plastic type wire. Plastic is more prone to melt if severly overloaded or would get against the exhaust mainifold. For a working tractor I would personally prefer the plastic type.

 
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BillM (OH)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:28 am    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I replaced the wiring harnesses on both my 8N's with the el cheapo ones and they work fine. My tractors are workers, not trailer queens, so I don't need "original" stuff on them.

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 6:07 am    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just put a new wiring harness on GT ('49 8N) that I got from TSC. It was a perfect fit, and for the $20, I would do it again. The only other wiring harness I changed was on OW ('53 NAA), which was converted to 12v, so I went with a custom harness from Genesee Products. It too was not real expensive. I also buy stuff from Dennis Carpenter, and their stuff and service is great. They focus on 'exact as original' products, so their wiring harness will have cloth covering and exact copies of the insulator boots and wire colors. That would be my choice for a trailer queen, but not for good looking solid working tractors like GT and OW.

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Weatherproof wireing harness? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

go to the tractor supply store and get one for you tractor tnen get some heat srink tube and build you one for cheap. i just use a roll a black tape twice around work great

 
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