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'55 Savoy
Posted 2020-03-03 6:26 PM (#595152)
Subject: rewiring a "55 Savoy



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Hey all, has anyone here, ever tackled a rewiring of an old Plymouth Savoy?? I have one, and the wiring has seen better days, with some being patched together by a former owner. I'm not an electrical guy, but am willing to go into the depths to get this done, as I would like to drive this vehicle sooner rather than later! It is all stock, 6 volt system and would prefer to keep it that way. It runs and moves under it's own power, just refurbished all the brakes, lines, master cylinder, fuel tank, fuel pump, carb. Found an oil bath air cleaner on E-Bay, Any assistance or input is greatly appreciated. Did these cars have fuses?? can't seem to find any.... thanks for your time
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Old Ray
Posted 2020-03-03 7:46 PM (#595156 - in reply to #595152)
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57chizler
Posted 2020-03-04 2:01 PM (#595212 - in reply to #595152)
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Take a look at the American Autowire Highway 15 kit.

https://www.americanautowire.com/shop/highway-15-wiring-kit
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-03-04 9:53 PM (#595235 - in reply to #595152)
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I used the Highway 15 kit to rewire my '55 Plaza and it was great. However, I switched to 12 volt negative ground. I would check with the vendor to see if the wire gauges are ok for 6 volt systems. The only tricky part to the 12 volt conversion was the wiper motor as that grounds through the case so it's polarity sensitive. I bought a working 12 volt motor out of a '56.

In '55, they used circuit breakers.

Edited by 71charger_fan 2020-03-04 9:55 PM
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-03-05 12:37 AM (#595239 - in reply to #595235)
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I don't know when fuses came into the wiring circuits but I know that my 56 Dodge has several heat sensitve
circuit breakers that open if the current is too much. Not as fast as a fuse but better that nothing.

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51coronet
Posted 2020-03-06 5:52 PM (#595324 - in reply to #595152)
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The insulation on the wires is fine in the kits. They usually use a THHN type insulation that is rated up to 600 volts. I agree with considering converting it to 12v if you are already going to tackle wiring. I have replaced every wire 1 by 1 in a vehicle in the past it just takes time. Some of the older push in type connectors on the gauges etc. aren't really used anymore so I carefully removed them and soldered them onto the new wire. Its not bad if you have the dash out and or all the gauges for access. Obviously a pre made harness is easier and faster. You can play with all sorts of fuse blocks and circuit breakers. I prefer the manual reset circuit breakers not the auto reset based on temperature. That type is fine when attached to motors. The speed of modern breakers should be plenty for protection. Something is way better than nothing.
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'55 Savoy
Posted 2020-03-07 8:14 AM (#595355 - in reply to #595152)
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Thanks everyone for the info/leads on a wiring kit, I'll look into these options and get'er done!!
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-03-07 7:32 PM (#595381 - in reply to #595152)
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My adventures in rewiring: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=63722&...
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Charlie8575
Posted 2020-04-06 1:30 AM (#596486 - in reply to #595152)
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If you'd prefer stock, try Rhode Island Wiring. They reproduce harnesses to original specifications, and I believe they can make the modifications necessary for 12-volt if you so desire.

Charlie Larkin
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westaus29
Posted 2020-04-06 8:30 PM (#596525 - in reply to #595152)
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I'm sure you're aware that access under the dash absolutely sucks. I had to replace a few globes and a gauge on my 55 Belvedere wagon and even with the front seat removed it was difficult to get hands in behind. Not helped by being 75 not out! Maybe you should remove the dash to do it.
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-04-06 9:33 PM (#596531 - in reply to #596525)
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Compared to a 56 or maybe 55 Dodge, at least the 55 and 56 Plymouths (and Canadian Plodges) have the possibility of removing part of the dash with the gauges as a unit. Can't do that with an American 56 Dodge.

Here are some examples: (the "Nov2019" photos are from SteveB's RHD 56 D63 Dodge (with RHD Plymouth dash) in Oz.):



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Cmangeot
Posted 2020-04-11 11:18 AM (#596675 - in reply to #595152)
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I wish RI Wiring made a harness for the 58 Plymouth.
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