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Post by bob hess » 15 Mar 2018, 22:22

It looks like the best route ( considering the car's last few owners ) , is to replace the whole wiring harness ( bumper-bumper ) in my 68'.
I've read good things about "painless wiring harness's" , but all of them came from car mag . ( ie: just how objective can they be , when you see a give part in an article ALSO being one of there advertisers ).

Any one Had GOOD / Bad Luck with a given after market wiring harness maker ?
Any time frame I should be looking at ... hours, days ??? In over 50 yrs. of car repairs ( all Ford models ) . I never had to replace the whole thing . What am I in for ???

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Post by DaveK » 16 Mar 2018, 04:50

Considering there is no Cougar specific wiring harness, I think you're in for a ton of work. Just my 2 cents.

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Post by SPLINEHEAD » 16 Mar 2018, 05:43

I think there is a member of this community that rebuilds these harnesses. I'll bet he chimes in here soon. I think his member name is Wish. Maybe it is possible that you can just pull the existing harnesses and have them rebuilt.

Correction, I looked around a little bit and seems the member that works on the harnesses is Midlife.

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Post by DaveK » 16 Mar 2018, 05:56

Midlife will check your shorts.

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Post by Caleb » 16 Mar 2018, 11:09

We used a universal painless wiring harness on a friend's gm car and it was pretty straight forward. Cougars have a few things that are a little less universal and you would need to be prepared to customize for that.

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Post by ccarney69 » 16 Mar 2018, 11:51

I used Midlife and I am very pleased. Prices were good, turnaround time was excellent and he knows these cars.
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Post by preaction » 16 Mar 2018, 13:36

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What We Do: We offer refurbishment services for vintage Mustang underdash and related harnesses at attractive prices with a two year, no questions asked, guarantee for the non-concours hobbyist. We can also convert 1967-1973 non-tach harnesses to a tach configuration.

How We Do It: Every harness is examined for broken insulation, wires, connectors, and pins, and repaired using only OEM components and professional tooling. Every harness is cleaned and re-taped where appropriate. Every wire is checked for continuity and any wire run showing higher than expected resistance is repaired. Repairs are typically made using uninsulated butt-splices and covered with heat-shrink, in accordance with best practices in the electrical repair industry.

What Comes With Service: Every harness comes with a new set of fuses, a complete printout of each wire's connector type, wire color, wire number, function, and where that wire goes within the harness, an instruction sheet for short-free installation, and a two year, no questions asked, guaranty. Shipping within the US is included in the pricing.

How Much Does It Cost: Refurbishment of an underdash harness is $175, and a core charge of $50. Conversion from non-tach to tach configuration is $50. We prefer to refurbish your harness instead of replacing it with an existing one; this insures your harness will have the necessary connections for your set of equipment options.

Why Do We Do This: The cost of quality reproduction underdash harnesses is risen to unprecedented levels. While the quality of reproduction is excellent, the average hobbyist has little alternative but to repair an existing harness or go to others who offer concours level harness restoration services. Our harnesses are guaranteed to meet or exceed the original performance specifications, but may have visual flaws when compared to concours-level restoration efforts. These flaws typically include splices with shrink-tubing that may be visible. However, all wiring, when installed correctly, cannot be seen by a Judge without extraordinary effort.

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•Tailight Harnesses: These harnesses will be refurbished but the weaved sleeving is not replaced or repaired. The reason is that the sleeving originally was made of cotton (i.e. flammable) and is no longer made. Cost is $50. Guarantee is included.
•64.5-66 Emergency Switches: Replacement of the E-Switch itself and refurbishment of the sub-harness (pre-late-1966) for $50. Replacement of the E-Switch for late 1966 systems is $25. Guarantee is included.
•67-68 Dash Cluster Subharnesses: Refurbishment of the two subharnesses is $50 with a core charge of $25. Guarantee is included.
•Headlight Engine, Gauge, and Alternator Harnesses: I do not recommend refurbishment of these harnesses, as the reproduction versions are usually of excellent quality. Further, these harnesses have been exposed to the heat and elements for several decades, degrading the quality of the wiring and connectors by corrosion. Some years are not available in reproduction, so those harnesses can be refurbished but without a guarantee.
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•Cougar Harnesses: Contact us with your Cougar needs.

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Post by 69XR7RestoMod » 16 Mar 2018, 16:56

Midlife went through my entire XR-7 harness a few years back. Did a great job. Also modified the coil wire to bypass the resistor wire.

Very happy with the service.

Also, it’s a lot easier to install a factory harness than make up a new one. You will save tons of time.
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Post by Midlife » 16 Mar 2018, 18:19

Gee...I'm late to the thread, I guess! Yup, that's me. I try and be low key here on this forum and not push my services overtly.

With the exception of the alternator harness and engine gauge feed harnesses (which are reproduced and are often damaged beyond repair being in the engine compartment), I can pretty much refurbish everything else on the Cougar for less than the Painless. And...I offer a 2 year, no questions asked warranty/guaranty, even if you burn up your harness by mistake! What I don't do, however, is refurbish the sequencer electronics/switches...only the wiring.

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Post by superbond » 20 Apr 2018, 22:42

69XR7RestoMod wrote:
16 Mar 2018, 16:56
Midlife went through my entire XR-7 harness a few years back. Did a great job. Also modified the coil wire to bypass the resistor wire.

Very happy with the service.

Also, it’s a lot easier to install a factory harness than make up a new one. You will save tons of time.
Do you have a stock tach and if so did it work after he modified the coil wires. And would he change the fuse panel from glass fuses the the new style?

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