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#551626 - March 26th 2012 3:11 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Wait.... it's not Root Beer anymore? Dang, it's going to be hard to not call it that. eek
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#551651 - March 26th 2012 4:59 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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I'm thinking also going with a set of Cragar Soft 8 wheels. 7's up front and 8's in the back.

255/60R15 up front and 275/60R15 out back.


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#551771 - March 27th 2012 7:30 am Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Those will look great Nate. Can't wait to see the transition.
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#552705 - March 30th 2012 6:54 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Starting working on the wiring in the dash today..didn't finish because I was also helping Brian with one of his trucks. I'm really glad I dug into this. There were melted wires in the harness, but the biggest problem was all the splices that had been made using butt connectors and those blue quick-splice doohickeys.

Dash cleaned out of old wiring:



Old crusty harness:


New wiring going in. I used dielectric grease on all the connectors:



One thing I eliminated was the EGR timer circuit and also this harness did not have provisions for the delay wiper circuit. Oh well. I'm going back down Sunday to finish up.
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#552710 - March 30th 2012 7:20 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Registered: February 13th 2008 7:14 pm
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good thing you replaced the wiring .It would have sucked doing so much work to it and it burn up on you . I find alot of over spliced wiring in these old vans .
Just a good idea to check any new van you get for now on .
Oh thats a tip for everyone : )
Nice work Nate

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#552713 - March 30th 2012 7:41 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Nice job Nate. You just saved your self a lot of future problems!
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#552714 - March 30th 2012 7:44 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: Mutt]
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Good to see your keeping it Nate...looking forward to progress pics.. smile
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#552718 - March 30th 2012 7:53 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Registered: March 26th 2007 8:05 pm
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Loc: Dundee, Michigan
Nate, did you trace which circuits were connected to the melted wires?

If they were for instance the wires which run to the rear where someone would attach a trailer, I'd be sorely tempted to replace the entire run all the way back. If they were connected to any of the fusible links, well; I'm sure you know the drill.

You should keep the old harness at least for the connectors; I've often wished they were still readily available. Those original multi-tap provision bullet connectors are pretty sweet to wire in when you need additional circuits which can be disconnected quickly in the future, like for a stereo. I especially like having lots of the original color code wire available when extending a circuit, so I've collected several harnesses over the years.

If you decide to reinstall the intermittent wiper system, I'm sure I could help you map out the wiring to support it. Your previous harness would have had the connectors necessary to do a good job, and even if the bulkhead connector was missing the necessary home switch sense wire, it's super simple to pop the terminal out and swap it over. I did just that on mine, which allowed me to keep the original color code wire.
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#552999 - April 01st 2012 1:36 am Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Registered: May 09th 2006 12:00 pm
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good deal buddy, wiring is a mess im unwilling to screw with, im fortunate to not have to do too much of it. I bet this old girl is gonna be sweet when shes done.
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#553054 - April 01st 2012 1:03 pm Re: 85 Dodge-BURNIN' DESIRE [Re: NateNCBV]
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Registered: August 23rd 2005 12:00 pm
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Craig..the harness running back to the rear lighting is in good shape. I just think that with so many splices and ugly "fixes" that were done to the original harness contributed to the mess.

I will check everything before hooking the battery back up.
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