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By David Helland - Club Member #50
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Wiring Diagrams

Wiring Harness (15KB)
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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.

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