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Wire hiding question
« on: April 24, 2010, 12:56:36 AM »
I want to hide as much of the wiring in my engine bay as possible (i hate the look of a messy engine bay) and i was looking for some tips or advice if anyone has done this before. I have been considering moving the battery to the trunk for a couple of reasons so that will eliminate some of it but i would like to have as little as possible. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 07:52:24 AM »
Depending on what year and acessories you gonna have alot of wires. honestly underneath my hood, there are hardly any wires except the ones going for the engine, and they are all bundled up. My other wires are just routed factory and they are out of place. Moving the battery is not going to do all that much for wires, but it is great for helping to even out your weight distribution. The only advice i can give is get you some shrink tubing or that plastic tubing with the slit and run as many wires as you can through it.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 12:07:47 PM »
I agree.  For just a few small wires like what go to your distributor, shrink wrap works great. 
For the bundle coming out of your firewall, the slit plastic wrap works fine.  I'm like you.  I don't like a bunch of single wires running all over my engine bay just waiting to get fried by the exhaust manifold, etc. 

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 12:36:33 PM »
My car dont have any wiring laying around. I guess nobody has torn into it. lol. the only wiring i have is the wiring routing to my engine, oil, water temp, coil power, and then the pertronix power and ground for coil.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 12:39:34 PM »
There's no telling what wires are hanging around on top of that hot engine.  You need to wrap all of them, and get them away from the hot parts like the exhaust manifold. 

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010, 12:43:17 PM »
Oh no no. I was just commenting on the wires i have in my compartment. My wires are covered and tucked. :P

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010, 02:07:30 PM »
OK, so what's your question? ;D

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 02:33:16 PM »
i didnt have one.....

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 02:54:33 PM »
Good.  Why did the chicken cross the road?   ;D
You asked how to tuck the wires in your engine compartment.  Isn't that the question we responded to? 

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 02:56:06 PM »
to attack ol yeller!

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2010, 03:20:06 PM »
Ol Yeller has her wires tucked just fine.  She starts up and runs like a scalded ape everytime.   ;D

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2010, 05:22:29 PM »
Sorry i meant more of where to route them so that the wires would not be seen. I think i might just route them under the fenders so that no one will see them. And yeah i plan on wrapping them so that heat and water won't affect them. Thanks guys.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 07:41:59 PM »
Glen, I'm not the op.... Tim is. You're losing it... Lol

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 07:48:26 PM »
Glen, I'm not the op.... Tim is. You're losing it... Lol

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2010, 08:06:50 PM »
Ain't nobody an op on this site.  I'll make sure of it.  On these old cars, you eventually have to get to the coil, spark plugs,  etc. with some wires.  Now, with the modern engines where each spark plug has its' own coil, hiding the wiring is a lot easier, but not fully.  What I hate to see are the red and/or bright yellow spark plug wires with a big assed MSD that's painted bright red.  I like an engine bay to be black.  Period.   

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010, 08:55:27 AM »
Glen, Im confused... OP means original poster of the thread... Tim was the OP.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2010, 05:45:07 PM »
OK, I stand down.  I am so used to OP meaning the opposite when I visit other sites.  I stand corrected.  The wires on my 03 Mach are pretty much hidden because of the individual spark plug wires not being shown.  But, if that is how you want it, tuck them under the fenders or whatever, but they will still be shown eventually if you have a classic distributor.  I don't see a problem with the spark plug wires being shown, just don't get the bright colored ones. 
Any, with the individual coils for each cylinder as is in my 4.6 Mach, you don't see spark plug wires.  With the classics, there is no way to avoid that look. 
Damn, my engine is dusty.   ;D

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2010, 09:34:55 PM »
What I hate to see are the red and/or bright yellow spark plug wires with a big assed MSD that's painted bright red.  I like an engine bay to be black.  Period.

Black Period ..hahaha What color are your valve covers black?   Soaring ... People use color to accent or add something to there engine bay.  I have Red and Chrome  because I have to much black.   In my all original cars they are the standard black with factory colored valve covers and air cleaner.  It ok to use color  ;D not everyone want a original look and it what makes this hobby fun see different ideas

Tim one thing you can do to clean up your engine bay is install a  high torque starter  and remove the solenoid from the inner fender.

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2010, 11:30:20 PM »
Yeah, the valve covers on my 03  are black, and the ones on my 65 are period correct.   

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Re: Wire hiding question
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2010, 12:48:03 AM »
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Tim one thing you can do to clean up your engine bay is install a  high torque starter  and remove the solenoid from the inner fender.

That's an idea, i was thinking about using one anyway because I'm not sure if a stock starter will even turn over my engine.

 

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