Ok, I goofed, once again! I was in the market for a new wiring harness for my MK V. The choices came down to Auto Sparks and Rhode Island Wiring. I have used RI Wiring in the past and think very highly of them. But…. AutoSparks is British and figured there’d know their cars better, plus it was about $300 less expensive. What I received is, I’m sure, a perfectly proper wire harness but there was wire in a plastic bag. Total!
My experience with RI Wiring in the past was several sheets of diagrams, color codes and tips for installing. I’m now thinking they are probably worth the extra cash!
Has anyone here bought a harness from RI Wiring and maybe kept the paperwork? It would sure help at this point! Id be willing to purchase the pages sent with their harness.
Hi Wayne, some help on wiring is in the wiring diagrams at the back of the Mark V service manual. The diagrams are for various versions of the car. All include color codes.
Thanks Roger, I’ll take a closer look.
Yes, and Rob’s project postings on this forum.
I have all the wiring from RI for a LHD MKV DHC and it’s all still wrapped, as I have been unable to start the restoration.
Yep, it’s come up a few times.
Just recording for posterity some observations about the wiring harnesses for Mark V.
Previous models have the main wiring harness from the firewall (scuttle) to the trunk (boot) running along under the chassis frame, and held on by a number of clips. It is fairly easy to install, but is exposed to weather.
So for Mark V they decided to run the harness through the door sill. I believe this was the first model where they had a boxed-in steel structure as the sill. Anyway it would be protected f…
I see no reason the DHC wiring would be any different than the saloon
wiring, going through the RH sill. We have the same sills. BTW there is also
a smaller loom in the LH sill for the fuel pump. Can anybody confirm this?
Rob Reilly - Mark V saloon 627933> I am sure some people will have more actual info, but FWIW
on the MKV DHC I find it a bit odd that inside the engine
bay the wiring harness is protected by a metal conduit
constructed of small portions screwed onto the fire wall BUT
My despatch date is 18 April 1950. The car was sold by Hoffman in New York.
I could explain the turn signal wiring better. The car has what I take to be
the normal cloth wrapped harness, including wiring for trafficators that in
the saloon run over the headliner struts, and which in my car are wrapped
back and tucked in the roof rather than dangling down to there they would be
plugged into trafficators if I had them. The wiring to the front and rear
sidelights and brake lights are wrapped …
Restoring the tail lights for my Mark V.
They are painted white inside, presumably for better reflection of the light of the bulbs.
They are under a valence but never seemed very weather proof to me.
It seems like this metal shield around them could be intended for a rubber cover of some kind.
I got to wondering, was there ever a rubber boot or gaiter over the bulb tails?