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Anyone ever installed one of these kits? I was looking at the 18 circuit, and wanted to know if it really is "painless" I understand there are several connectors I will have to make up, but I'm cool with that. I like the new style push in fuses, and I really would like something more modern than the old style wiring.

Although, I do know that painless makes kits specific for certain cars - and for a much more reasonable price than buying an aftermarket reproduction kit. I added it all up, and I think that to re-wire my car with "stock" style wiring would be about a grand. A painless kit can be had for a couple of hundred dollars.

Anyhow - any advice on this one?
 

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If you are starting totally from scratch and don't have a lot of factory accessories, the Painless wiring would work fine. If you are using factory gauges, ignition switch, headlights, wipers etc, the repro harness for your car would be a better choice because it has all of the right connectors on it and the fuse block fits in the firewall where the original was. The factory harness has all of the coverings where they are supposed to be and the wires are all the correct length. I don't know if your 65 has the flat wire harness that runs to the rear to power the tail lights and such, but I don't think that part of the harness is reproduced and you will have to use the old one.
 

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Yeah, most of the wiring in my car right now is junked. Since this is a daily, I would like to go with something a little more modern than the original wiring harness, although I have bought a couple of the repo harnesses and had very good luck with their fit. So, that would be one plus to gettting a repo kit.

But with the painless kit, I could somewhat modernize my setup. So that's a plus there...

I'll let you all know the way I go here in a few days when I get it rolling.
 

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I would use harnesses that are made for you car. These guys are one of the best when it comes to Chevelles. You can have them modify a harness if you are running HEI dist or a mini starter what ever you need etc.

http://www.wiringharness.com/

Look in the upper right had corner of there web page.
 

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Yeah, they are nice, but man, are they expensive. That's why I was looking at the painless kits. And with the 18 circuit kit, I would be able to add-on when I'm ready to upgrade to power windows, locks, automatic bed cover - etc.
 

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hey i just finished putting a complete painless system in my 65. it worked great. only things i would say is theres no reverse light wires, the brake switch wires have to be rerouted back inside the car(do that BEFORE you install the harness) and the wiper switch wire has to be routed to the motor, and in my case then back in; the switch provides ground on mine. right now the car dont shut off at the switch, but if i unplug the altenator it turns off. leave the alt. unplugged, and the switch works fine. sooo, i think the alt. may be bad ill figure it out....
 
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