Wiring harness

  • 03 Jul 2016 6:52 PM
    Message # 4113756
    Deleted user

    Picked up a 74 B a few weeks ago...  Come to find out all the wiring is a complete DISASTER!!!!   Looking into harnesses...  Any suggestions????

  • 29 Oct 2016 3:51 PM
    Reply # 4355421 on 4113756
    Tricia Baker wrote:

    Picked up a 74 B a few weeks ago...  Come to find out all the wiring is a complete DISASTER!!!!   Looking into harnesses...  Any suggestions????


    friend of mine had his 78 "B" done, didn't seem like a job for a ham & egger, he used

    Brittanic Motors in Avon, Ma. they've been in business since at least 1970. It's not a cheap job. If you want to buy the harness yourself try www.brittek.com, a New Hampshire co. owner is bob, call and he'll talk to you about. His prices are better than the national catalog co's it

     

     

  • 02 Nov 2016 3:07 PM
    Reply # 4361354 on 4113756
    Charles Frink (Administrator)

    Tricia

    Not certain where you are located but here are a coupe of thoughts if you still need to have the job done.

     

    There is a shop in No.l Falmouth (name escapes me at present) run by a guy named Scott.  Does nice work and is familiar with British cars.  Another is SEL Foreign Cars in Bourne.  Talk to Aenon.  Again, good work.  Specializes in MB but if it has 4 wheels he is good.  There are a number of shops on the Cape but caveat emptor. 

     

    Charles 

  • 03 Nov 2016 9:56 AM
    Reply # 4362510 on 4113756
    Anonymous

    I second David's recommendation regarding Bob at Britannic Motors.  Very good mechanic though again, not cheap.  However, sometimes you do actually get what you pay for and with him you will.  Pete Bachard is also an extremely good british car specialist that you won't go wrong with (when he sees a car first time, as part of whatever he is going to do for you, he may go through your car with a fine tooth comb and let you know everything you would want to know and maybe some you would not about its condition) - he is located in Marlborough at 508-281-6171.  I have used both and have never been unhappy with the results.   Then there is Oxford Motors in East Providence - also good british car specialist.  I don't happen to know of anyone on the Cape itself. 

  • 04 Nov 2016 8:17 AM
    Reply # 4364040 on 4113756

    You could also try Steve DeCastelane at De Car Classics in Orleans. He has worked on my car and has basically brought it back from the dead.

  • 08 Nov 2016 2:08 PM
    Reply # 4370891 on 4361354
    Arthur Cox (Administrator)
    Charles Frink wrote:

    Tricia

    Not certain where you are located but here are a coupe of thoughts if you still need to have the job done.

     

    There is a shop in No.l Falmouth (name escapes me at present) run by a guy named Scott.  Does nice work and is familiar with British cars.  Another is SEL Foreign Cars in Bourne.  Talk to Aenon.  Again, good work.  Specializes in MB but if it has 4 wheels he is good.  There are a number of shops on the Cape but caveat emptor. 

     

    Charles 

    The place Charlie is referring to ("a guy named Scott") is Sports Imports in North Falmouth.
  • 08 Nov 2016 2:56 PM
    Reply # 4370940 on 4113756
    Arthur Cox (Administrator)

    Hi Tricia! Couple of things. Vintage British wiring is, um, different, maybe unique. Probably best to consult with a British car mechanic or knowledgeable automotive electrician before you buy a new harness. On one hand, even if your existing harness is all or mostly original, the chances are that much of it is still good. I'm speaking from experience with a 1954 MG. Often someone in the know can troubleshoot your specific problems and come up with a solution. Said solution might be to deep six the bad stuff and install new stuff, probably with more fuses and better connections, etc. This route may save you a ton of money and result in a very reliable and pleasant daily driver. Ken Stone mentioned a couple of folks who are not light years away from you and both are excellent. I will add Mike Oliva who is an MG B specialist in North Weymouth 781-337-1117.  Please update this thread with what you did and how it came out. Thank you. Good luck and Safety Fast!!!

  • 09 Nov 2016 3:56 PM
    Reply # 4373548 on 4113756
    Charles Frink (Administrator)

    Tricia

     

    I keep forgetting about Mike.  Top notch wrench with award winning car (MGB V8) .  Nice person to boot.

     

    Charles 


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