How to Rewire Your Classic Car Like a Pro and Impress All Your Friends


Rewiring a classic car can be an intimidating task, but with some planning, patience and the right tools, I was able to rewire my 1965 Mustang and impress all my friends. In this article, I will walk through the entire process I followed to successfully rewire my classic car, from developing a plan to splicing wires. I will also share tips on choosing the right wiring kit, safety considerations, troubleshooting common problems, and testing the system. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned grease monkey, you'll gain the confidence to rewire your own classic ride after reading this.

Develop a Wiring Diagram

The first step is to develop a complete wiring diagram. This will be your roadmap for the rewiring project.

Choose a Wiring Kit

With my master wiring diagram complete, next I chose an aftermarket wiring kit specifically made for my Mustang's year and model.

Safety First!

Anytime you're dealing with your car's electrical system, there are some important safety considerations:

Remove Old Wiring

With safety gear on and battery disconnected, now the real fun starts - ripping out the old wiring!

Install New Wiring

Here are some tips for cleanly installing the new wiring kit:

Reconnect Battery and Test Systems

With all new wires cleanly installed, it's time to fire things up!

Troubleshooting Common Problems

Despite the most careful planning, issues can still crop up. Here are some common new wiring bugs and how to squash them:

Impress Your Buddies!

When all troubleshooting is done and your new wiring job works flawlessly, it's time to show off your handiwork!

Rewiring your classic car is a major undertaking but exceptionally rewarding. Hopefully this overview gives you confidence to tackle this project yourself. Take it slow, be safe, and soon you'll be impressing all your buddies with your restored ride's flawless wiring job!