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student55
Posted 2019-01-11 7:28 PM (#576604)
Subject: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question


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I recently found a 4 door 55 Dodge Royal Lancer that had been stored in a barn since 1985 but the wiring harness is just bad. I say that because it is all very hard and crumbles when you even try to move it.
The car has the Super Red Ram V8 engine, power steering and power brakes. Of course it has the 6 volt system and generator on it.

I am looking to put a new wiring harness in it and have been looking at different sites. Rhone Island Wiring offers a complete dash and engine compartment harness for the 1955 Dodge Coronet that is the D55-1 series and the 1955 Dodge Royal Lancer is the D55-3 series.

My question is this:

Would they be the same harness?

I know I can send in my old harness and they could make another one from it but was hoping to possibly save some time.

Another question is I seem to have power, with the current harness, up to my ignition switch, voltage regulator and to coil but when I turn the key to the start position, it does nothing. What should I check next?

I am not an expert on a lot of this stuff so any help would be very much appreciated.
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coronetx2
Posted 2019-01-12 6:18 AM (#576629 - in reply to #576604)
Subject: Re: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question



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1955 Dodge is 6 volt positive ground
My guess is neutral safety switch /reverse switch stuck
Or maybe brushes in the starter stuck /solenoid
Phil
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-01-12 10:17 AM (#576639 - in reply to #576629)
Subject: Re: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question



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coronetx2 - 2019-01-12 6:18 AM

1955 Dodge is 6 volt positive ground
My guess is neutral safety switch /reverse switch stuck
Or maybe brushes in the starter stuck /solenoid
Phil


I agree with all of the above, especially the neutral safety switch (NSS)

This post goes through the issues (note: the wiring shown is for a 12V neg ground but the idea is the same).

If need be, you can temporarily jumper the solenoid on the fender to circumvent the NSS.

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=69708&...

Here is the 55 Dodge Starting, etc. wiring diagram showing the NSS:





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LD3 Greg
Posted 2019-01-12 11:34 PM (#576684 - in reply to #576604)
Subject: RE: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question


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I have built OEM harnesses for 57 and later Mopars for years and my experience is that the basic wiring harness is the same for multiple models. All options simply "piggybacked" on the basic harness. While I have no idea what the difference is for 55 between D55-1 and D55-3, I would suggest that unless the difference is 6cyl versus 8cyl either should interchange.

Greg
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LD3 Greg
Posted 2019-01-12 11:46 PM (#576685 - in reply to #576684)
Subject: RE: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question


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Rhode Island Wiring is a great source for our cars. I have done business with them for many years!

BUT. They have no direct, hands-on knowledge of our cars and don't pretend to do so. They simply reproduce what they are given and label it as per instructions of that particular customer.

Hope this helps!!
Greg
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student55
Posted 2019-01-13 10:35 AM (#576696 - in reply to #576604)
Subject: Re: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question


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Thanks for all the information. It has really helped.

I had the starter gone thru and it works fine. I ordered a new starter relay as I have power back up to the relay when I turn the key to the start position but it does not send power to the starter.

I think I will order the new harness as I do not want anything to catch on fire if I actually start the car up. I have tried most things out and they all seem to work ie. lights, wipers, turn signals, etc. but I think it best to change out the wiring.

Thanks again everyone, I am sure that I will have more questions as I get in farther on this project.
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coronetx2
Posted 2019-01-13 10:51 AM (#576700 - in reply to #576604)
Subject: Re: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question



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2 speed Auto I am guessing ?
Got any pics to share ?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-01-13 11:47 AM (#576705 - in reply to #576696)
Subject: Re: 55 Dodge Royal Lancer wiring harness question



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student55 - 2019-01-13 10:35 AM
I had the starter gone thru and it works fine. I ordered a new starter relay as I have power back up to the relay when I turn the key to the start position but it does not send power to the starter.
I think I will order the new harness as I do not want anything to catch on fire if I actually start the car up. I have tried most things out and they all seem to work ie. lights, wipers, turn signals, etc. but I think it best to change out the wiring.


I am willing to guess that your wiring is just fine, i.e. workable.

Please go back and read the link to the neutral safety switch info that I posted. I am guessing all the new starter solenoid/relays in the world will NOT get your car started because the neutral safety switch is broken or the wire is off it.

You can jumper around the issue to prove or disprove my point:



Neutral safety switch:

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