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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 17, 1:46 AM Thread Starter
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64 El Camino wiring harness

In trying to locate a new intermediate ribbon type wire harness for my 64 Elky, they only start with '65 and later. Anybody know if the 65 harness is the same as the 64. I'm thinking not because I'm sure the catalogs would list it to fit the 64.
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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

I have seen both styles of harness on 65 Chevelle passenger cars. Don't know if that could have affected El Caminos too. I think the plant where the vehicle was produced may also have determined which harness was used.

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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

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In trying to locate a new intermediate ribbon type wire harness for my 64 Elky, they only start with '65 and later. Anybody know if the 65 harness is the same as the 64. I'm thinking not because I'm sure the catalogs would list it to fit the 64.

No one makes the ribbon cable for the 64 cars as the connector is different and the El Camino is unique unto itself. In addition, the ribbon cables being done for the 65-7 cars are complete junk. Not even close to being correct. We looked into them and tested them. You'll have to find someone parting a 64 El and get that ribbon cable.


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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

I rewired my 64 El Camino with an American Autowire kit.
The ribbon cable was replaced with a bundle of wires which I encased in a flexible wire loom material.
About half the wires in the ribbon were shot anyway.
I used the old ribbon cable to pull in the new wiring.
It works just fine.
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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

Well it sounds like my options are limited for the ribbon harness. Either find someone parting out a 64 EC or wire up one myself using aftermarket wires like Autowire......not very encouraging. My ribbon harness has 3 cut wires that someone attempted to fix by splicing new wire onto the cut parts of the ribbon.

There's a place here in Cal called M&H Electric that makes all types of wire harnesses. I calling them on Mon to see if they have one they could make up using the existing one. Their catalog does not show they offer one but I hear they do custom orders. I'll have to weigh out pricing from a stock "custom" harness vs an Autowire type self made version.

If M&H makes the ribbon harness, I'll post the info and price on the site for others who are needing a 64 Elky ribbon harness.
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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

For anyone interested.....I called that harness mfg company, M&H Electric. One of the techs said that is about the only harness they do not mfg. It is a one off harness for 64s because of the connector. I was told to do one of three options.
1. Fix the old harness
2. Find another harness from someone parting out a 64 Elky
3. As mentioned earlier, get an after market harness like Auto Wire.

My thoughts are is if M&H Electric does not make or sell a harness.....no one does.

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Is there any way you could salvage the ends off your ribbon cable and attach it to a 65 cable? If so, I have a 65 EC ribbon cable you could have for the cost of shipping.
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Is there any way you could salvage the ends off your ribbon cable and attach it to a 65 cable? If so, I have a 65 EC ribbon cable you could have for the cost of shipping.
Rich, I was thinking about that. Yes my cable ends are good but it would require the same amount of work to repair the 3 bad wires I have vs mending a whole ribbon together. I'll try to fix what I have and check it for continuity, If that wont work, I may be back asking for your ribbon if it's still available. Thanks for the offer.
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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

Another thought, could a 64 coupe/sedan cable be made to work? What makes the El Camino cable unique? I'd think the only difference would be the length and also presuming the coupe version is longer it would be easy enough to tuck the excess length away somewhere. Again assuming a 64 coupe/sedan version would be easier to find.

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Re: 64 El Camino wiring harness

It seems to me that a station wagon might also have that cable.
Or it may be a unique item for El Caminos only?
The AAW kit had it listed as "El Camino and S/W Add-on".
There are only 8 wires that go in that re-placement wiring and 2 of them are for the El Camino dome light so only 6 wires go to the back of the vehicle.

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