Ford Model A Pickup Restoration January 2015

I'm still working on the wiring and should be finished at the end of February. Beside there are other small jobs to do.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is my new ignition switch. It is a reproduction part but in a much better quality than my previous one. It is based on the original mounts and therefore cannot be rotated anymore.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

The ignition switch is now installed the correct way. The key blade has to face upwards in direction of the 'OFF' and 'ON'.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This one will be my fuse and control box and is located under my seat. I made it from 2 mm aluminum sheet and drilled all the holes.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

After the base plate and the cover are bent, I had to check whether the cover does fit or not … it does due to the fact that I've made it some mm larger in size than the base case. To remove the cover easily, I've bent it on two opposite sites slightly outwards.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is the position of my flashing / hazard lights control unit which offers everything I need: 6V positive ground, connection for trafficators and turn signals, also a hazard function where the trafficators remain inactive (to protect their coils).

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This will be its position under the seat.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

In order to have a clean ground contact everywhere, I will use a separate wire to all devices. This distributor is fixed to the crossbar of the frame.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

For the head light and turn signal ground are these two connectors. They will be fixed to the frame with a screw of the front shocks and are invisible, hidden in the U-profile of the frame.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

Cables must be properly guided. This wooden part will be mounted under the cabin.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

It is made from two halves of beech wood.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

To fix the windshield wiper cable I was looking for suitable brackets but could not found versions which would (optically) fit.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

Therefore I made them out of 1 mm stainless steel sheet metal. The tool I've used is quite simple. All you need is a piece of flat steel and a bolt. I have cut out a small piece of the steel part and slightly reduced the thickness of the carriage bolt I used. Then put all parts in a vice and …

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

… squeeze - the first clip is made!

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

They already have the correct length but the corners are not finished yet.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

And this is the final result.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is the light switch which is mounted below the steering column. Unfortunately the producers of this reproduction part did not thinking very much regarding the blue/yellow wire located in the middle. This wire is soldered to a bolt which must have some end play to move up and down. But when the case is mounted, there is no free space to move in any direction!

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

I had to think about a better solution and used this shortened cable lug.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

I soldered it together in the slot of the brass bolt in an angle slightly downwards. I have also enhanced the length of the cable by 2-3 inches. Now it can move without any problems.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is the switch with mounted case.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

My LED indicators are also ready for installation.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

Hard to see are they mounted in in the middle of the bumper.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

The head lamps are mounted now without the connector and with a separate ground cable.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

Each bulb has now a good ground connection made with a cable.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is my homemade distribution box for the rear lights.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

And this is a view inside the box.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

My self made cable harness is nearly finished.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

This is the temporarily mounted harness at the A-pillar on the driver's side.

Ford Model A Restoration January 2015

And here is the one on the right hand side. By the end of next month, the cabling will be finished. I hope not to make any short circuits in the meantime, but this should be no problem because I have installed a main fuse and 10 smaller fuses for several devices and bulbs - hope I've installed everything correctly :-)




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