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I'm planning on re-wiring the whole boat this weekend. I'm working on a 18' Caribbean w/468 BBC.

I want to clean ALOT of things up. The previous owner did a horable, last minute wiring just to get the boat working. I have all the connectors, wiring, shrink wrap...etc. I had just bought a new ground panel, and wondering where is the best place to put it???

Right now, it's mounted on a ugly bracket behind the distributer on top of the bell-housing. I hate that look! No offense to those who have it there.;) But, what are my other options to make clean wiring nice and effective?? Picture of your setups would make it easier for me if you got them. I was thinking, tucking it under the back near the fuel/water seperator away from any water, and heat exposure. Thanks again guys!
 

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Friend of mine recently rewired his boat. He did away with the terminal strip on the back of the engine & moved everything up front, under the dash. It really cleaned up that area back there, what few wires are there are easily concealed. I'll get up with him & see if he has any pics he can post.

I did put a ground block under the dash on mine awhile back so that helped clean it up some.... I'd like to rewire the rest of it one of these days, but I hate wiring. :rolleyes:

Plus the fact that then I'd have to buy all new gauges, polish the diverter handle, new steering wheel, new CD player, paint the boat, build the stroker motor, etc.... Hell with all that! :D
 
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One clean way to do it is to do away with the ground block and use a trailer quick disconnect plug. You can hide it anywhere and still unplug it in a matter of seconds.
 

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Your gonna have some fun, have a fire extinguisher handy the first time you hook up the + cable. hahaha
 

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Most electronics stores sell "buildable" water resistant plugs, molex type. My friend got some at Industrial Liquidators on Convoy in San Diego. They're available with many different pin configurations. I don't know the name of the plug, but the military uses really cool water proof plugs on most of their equipment. I was down at Eliminator one day and they were using the exact same military plugs on a few vehicles down there. I think you'd be asking for a future headache if the only way to pull the engine out is to disconnect each wire at each sender etc... and not have a distribution block or some type of plug.

I'm curious, what does not having a distribution block have to do with needing a fire extenguisher when the + battery cable is connected?
 

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Most electronics stores sell "buildable" water resistant plugs, molex type. My friend got some at Industrial Liquidators on Convoy in San Diego. They're available with many different pin configurations. I don't know the name of the plug, but the military uses really cool water proof plugs on most of their equipment. I was down at Eliminator one day and they were using the exact same military plugs on a few vehicles down there. I think you'd be asking for a future headache if the only way to pull the engine out is to disconnect each wire at each sender etc... and not have a distribution block or some type of plug.

I'm curious, what does not having a distribution block have to do with needing a fire extenguisher when the + battery cable is connected?
Vee-Driven ''AKA'' Pat, just being a smartass!! :):)punch

I understand this is going to take some time. I'd like to see some pics of how other boats are set up. That way, I can visually see and get more of an idea.
 

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Most electronics stores sell "buildable" water resistant plugs, molex type. My friend got some at Industrial Liquidators on Convoy in San Diego. They're available with many different pin configurations.
Hey Rod, I would be interested in something like this with about 10 or 12 pin configuration. What do they look like? Greg
 

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I know this is not as clean as you want but it is a total package MSD,coil,block,ETC. You can turn it over and hide a lot of wiring! WT:)devil

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Bad pix.
 

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This is what I was looking at doing when I re-wired mine a couple weeks ago. I couldn't find em, but it would be easy enough to switch it over to a single bayonet type weather proof connector such as these.

Weather tight multi-pin connector



Edit, a note on plugs. If you seal all the wiring up in a plug and a harness it will make it a lot more difficult to diagnoae problems down the road. I read on here someone suggesting to flip over their bracket that holds the terminal strip and the coil to hide some it. I think that's an awesome idea, it will still be accesible to diagnose problems and be hiden at the same time. IMO

These are exactly the type of plugs I was writing about. They're military spec and are water tight. Kind of a pain in the asss to put together but an excellant plug. You need special crimpers to crimp the pins onto the wires. Military spec you would shrink wrap (with a integral glue) all the wires together in a loom, shrink tubing (with/glue) over each pin, insert the pins into the plug, and shrink tube (w/glue) the back of the plug to the loom. Super high quality nearly indestructable plugs. I saw both boats and sand buggy's getting these types of plugs installed on them. If you like overkill then this is your plug. You'll also notice how it mounts up in the pic.
 

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Your gonna have some fun, have a fire extinguisher handy the first time you hook up the + cable. hahaha
Pat, play nice. Nandi, I can send you some pics over the weekend if you think it will help. I thought your boat was running good, why are you messing w/ it ????
 

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get a cannon plug. they're actually made for what your doing and have all the right size and color wires. you don't wanna use the same size wire for the starter and sending units. i think sierra makes them for 20 bucks or so. its the big black plug strapped on under the coil and above bell housing-
 

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Friend of mine recently rewired his boat. He did away with the terminal strip on the back of the engine & moved everything up front, under the dash. It really cleaned up that area back there, what few wires are there are easily concealed. I'll get up with him & see if he has any pics he can post.

I did put a ground block under the dash on mine awhile back so that helped clean it up some.... I'd like to rewire the rest of it one of these days, but I hate wiring. :rolleyes:

Plus the fact that then I'd have to buy all new gauges, polish the diverter handle, new steering wheel, new CD player, paint the boat, build the stroker motor, etc.... Hell with all that! :D
im callin bullshiat:D:D:D
 

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Keep the pics coming if ya got'em please!

Wayne-cleaning up previous owners garbage. Boat is running good.....but, I think it'll run better now. I came to find out, I had a pinky size, vacum leak on the secondary block side. it was missing a vacum plug/cap. Got a new metering block for the secondary as well. Had to modify the mixture adjustment screw everytime i took the boat out. So....once again, I was running the motor ''LEAN'' = no bueno. I'm hoping for the 4th, the boat will be for sure dialed in.
 

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Keep the pics coming if ya got'em please!

Wayne-cleaning up previous owners garbage. Boat is running good.....but, I think it'll run better now. I came to find out, I had a pinky size, vacum leak on the secondary block side. it was missing a vacum plug/cap. Got a new metering block for the secondary as well. Had to modify the mixture adjustment screw everytime i took the boat out. So....once again, I was running the motor ''LEAN'' = no bueno. I'm hoping for the 4th, the boat will be for sure dialed in.

Sounds like Pat may have BBQ'd a Chevy at some point. I musst admit smoked Chevy is a smell I love. :D
 

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Whats up Sam how in the fuck would you know what smoked chevy smelt like? :|err
 
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