When you do a frame-off restoration, you leave no bolt unturned or section of the car untouched. This was the case for Project FearleSS after going as far we have, there was no turning back and no way that we would take a chance for our car to catch on fire because of old wiring or faulty terminals.

We were planning on having our ’68 Impala wired but we weren’t sure exactly what would be the best option to make it happen. After talking to our friends at American Autowire, we realized that they had just developed a new kit for our year Impala that would be perfect for our needs. American Autowire is no stranger to the automotive industry or Impalas, for that matter, as they have been developing kits for years. This classic update kit gives you modern fuses and heavy-duty gauge wiring that will handle the modern technology currently being retrofitted into these classics.

When rewiring a car, you should have all of the parts that you plan on using bolted on or with you, as you only want to do this once and you don’t want to miss a step. In our case, everything from our Dakota Digital gauges to our ididit column needed to be wired up to the new electrical kit. Now, let us show you how the pro electricians at EG Auto Electric of Bell Gardens, California, wired up Project FearleSS.

<strong>1</strong>. We took Project FearleSS to EG Auto Electric for our new American Autowire kit.<strong>2</strong>. The old harness was ripped out of the car.<strong>3</strong>. The install started off with bolting up the fuse box to the stock location. As you can see, some of the benefits of this new kit include the use of modern fuses eliminating the obsolete glass fuses.<strong>4</strong>. This kit is fully labeled, and you can see the quality and the gauge of the wiring.<strong>5</strong>. The headlight harness was plugged in so it could be routed.<strong>6</strong>. The wiring was routed to the headlights.<strong>7</strong>. With detailed instructions and individual packages, the install was coming together quickly.<strong>8</strong>. The American Autowire kit comes with all you will need to do the job, including a new heavy-duty ignition switch.<strong>9</strong>. The ignition switch just plugs in.<strong>10</strong>. We used our new Classic Industries ignition key. This was perfect, as the ignition switch needs to be turned on and off to check the currents.<strong>11</strong>. The dash harness items were all made to plug and play.<strong>12</strong>. The rear light harness and courtesy headlight were both plugged in.<strong>13</strong>. After initially routing our wiring through the more conventional stock design, we decided to route the harness through the fender, making the engine compartment a bit cleaner in terms of looks.<strong>14</strong>. This kit comes with many of things that you will need to do the job, but there are still some pieces that you will have to re-use, as we did.<strong>15</strong>. The old harness was fished out, so we could recycle the factory-wiring loom.<strong>16</strong>. This plastic flat loom will help keep our wires from getting pinched.<strong>17</strong>. This old wiring had seen better days.<strong>18</strong>. Cacho protected the new American Autowire kit by routing it through the factory plastic sleeve.<strong>19</strong>. Our courtesy light wire was routed through the interior structure away from anything that might pinch the cable in the future or cause a short in the wiring.<strong>20</strong>. Our wiring was ready for our new Classic Industries dome light.<strong>21</strong>. The ididit column had the hazard flashers built into the column and needed to be wired, but not before being bolted on.<strong>22</strong>. The chrome tilt column was going to give us all of the modern amenities that we wanted to transplant.

Axalta Coating Systems

It’s that time of the season for all painters and Lowrider magazine enthusiasts to learn more about when, where, and how to use the right paint materials and spraying equipment for the right environment.

The first thing to learn from this Axalta Coating Systems painting tip is that a painter must take control of their painting surroundings and conditions when using either Waterborne paint and or Solvent. Weather the material may be clear coats, primers, or sealers, there are many things that painters can and have to control. We call this “slowing down to speed up.” This process simply means that it is always best to take the time and read the cans label instructions first before propping open the lid to pour. Remember painters when the weather changes so should your spray guns tip sizes, your hardeners, reducers and temperature of the booth for the environment that you are in. This should ensure a consistent finish all year and season round.

For more paint technical advice please feel free to contact the product specialist Steven Chaparro from Axalta Coatings systems at steven.c.chaparro@dupont.com.