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Seriously, I think Nick and I have been a little lucky to make about 450 runs in the Olds without an electrical gremlin biting us in the butt. Nick started racing the Olds a few decades ago (sorry Nick, they already know we are "thoroughly aged"), and, like most race cars that stay with an owner that long, the wiring is showing some age as well.
The fact that we never missed a single round of racing with an electrical issue says a lot for Nick's quality work adding on accessories every year. From no delay box, trans-brake, rear half chassis, electric fan or water pump, high-output fuel pump, or rev-limiters to two and three-steps. For the last several years the car has had an MSD, a three-step with adjustment boxes for launch and high-side, trans-brake, two line-locks, dual batteries, Magna-Fuel monster fuel pump, electric shifter, shift light, oil pressure warning light, huge electric fan (which, by the way, allowed us to make three back-to-back runs without stopping at a PINKS event), electric water pump, headlights, interior lights for night racing and, last but not least, an 80-amp alternator that works to perfection. Sounds typical of a standard bracket car of today right? Well, what happened in this case was all that stuff has evolved over many, many years and the wiring and connection have basically worn out.
It's time to decide what you are going to do about the wiring.
This is the first of two articles on rewiring the Olds and bringing the interior up to date a little bit. We will do EVERYTHING in my garage so you readers can duplicate what we have done or any part of it. First things first.
To rewire a car there are basically three steps: