Wire Your Buggy
David Helland - Club Member #50
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I recently had the opportunity to completely re-wire my Meyers Manx
from one end to the other. This was only part of a total restoration
process that began with a car that was in dire need of a lot of
tender loving care. By the end of the process, about the only part
remaining from the original car was the fiberglass body. Bruce Meyers
did a beautiful job repairing the fiberglass and preparing the body
for a new paint job. The pan was replaced with a newly shortened
swing axle chassis from a disused '61 Baja Bug; all the running
gear was rebuilt; the engine rebuilt ; and new seats, roll bar,
upholstery, rims, and tires were purchased. I got the car running
(barely) in time to attend the Manx Club outing to the Borrego "Squeeze
& Drop-off" this spring but I had installed only enough wiring to
run the ignition.
When I returned from the Borrego trip I needed to complete the restoration
by installing a totally new wiring harness. I chose to design my
own harness rather than purchasing one from a VW shop. The harnesses
that are available are not the correct length and must be shortened.
They also do not include wires or connectors for the additional
equipment I wanted to install. The basis for my design is the wiring
diagram from my 1964 version of Henry Elfrink's "Volkswagen Technical
Manual". I planned to use the original speedometer, light switch,
and wiper switch so Elfrink's wiring was close to my requirements.
I have not yet implemented an electronic tach, temperature gauge,
or oil pressure gauge but I did include extra wires in the harness
for those devices. I updated the Elfrink diagram to include the
extra wires and connectors I wanted to install.