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Rewire Your Truck

Posted in How To on June 5, 2003
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Being the new guys, this particular job came to us. The boss stopped by and said that his boss was gonna take his '72 Bronco to Moab. "Cool," we said. The problem is that his Bronco is a fire hazard due to bad wiring. "So what?" we said. Well, the boss's boss is also going to take some CEO-type dude on the trails in Moab, and if the rig burns to the ground it may make everyone's job very expendable. So, the story goes that we have to make sure the boss's boss's Bronco won't burn to the ground in front of the boss's boss and the boss's boss's boss, or we're sleeping in a box down by the river. "No problem," we said.

The first step was easy: Get a wiring kit. Lucky for us, we had noticed our sister mag Faux Wheeler had done an article on the new Painless Wiring kit for '66-'77 Broncos. We called up the crew at Painless and told them our predicament, and sure enough, they had the kit to us in record time.

Initial inspection under the dash showed the rainbow spaghetti factory that was the old wiring. Upon inspection of the wiring, Eytan Rosenburg of Strictly Bronco exclaimed, "Whoever did this wiring should be shot. I just followed a wire that went from red to black to red and back to black again!"

However, we needed some help putting this thing in and making sure everything else on the rig works before Moab. Here we have two choices: call our friends, who will just sit around and watch us work while drinking all our beer, or call a reputable shop where we can sit around and watch them work while we drink their "soda."

We called up Strictly Broncos, a shop here in Los Angeles, and scheduled the install. These guys are real pros, and most of the time they are taking old Ford Broncos that they have found behind barns and along back alleys and rebuilding them for their movie-star clientele. With the Painless kit in hand we all went to work (them mostly, but we got in their way a bit to help and take pictures), and after a few trips to the auto parts store for some special custom features we just had to add, we had a nonflammable Bronco ready for Moab. We're happy to say that the Bronco made the trip un-ignited for our boss's boss and his boss as well. As for us, we won't be moving out of our offices anytime soon. Hopefully.

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Tom's Bronco Parts
Medford, OR 97501

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