Taillight Wire Routing

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  • #302995

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    I tried this in the Search Engine and came up empty. Where do you folks route the taillight wires? Thought an extra hole in the fender to tub mount? Along the splash pan horizontal mount? Could ask the same for the front parking lights but I have one extra smaller hole to run the wires to the park/turn signal lights. Thanks all.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303007

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Classic Roadsters Ltd provided a rear harness, that runs through the lower body tub, exiting into the engine compartment. From there, the taillight wiring runs through a small hole through the side wall into the rear fender well. I can take a couple pictures if that would help.

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #303013

    kall
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    @kall

    I posted this three years ago when I was working on that stage of my TDr:

    “IMHO:A basic problem on my FF was that both front and rear lights wiring ran loose and unprotected on the underside of the fenders to the connection point with the lights. I decided that this was a potential problem because the connections could vibrate loose or in the event of a tire tread loss the wiring might be ripped off, compounding your problems.I used some semi-rigid plastic tubing to arc the wires up under the fender and away from the tires (tyres?) as much as possible. It’s probably also good to allow a small slack loop so you can lift up the light assemblies for service.Just my 2 cents.”

    I believe that someone also posted that one TDr manufacturer had moulded-in channels on the inside of the fender to route and protect the wires.

    No photos at this time but I will take some if anyone is interested. 🙂

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    #303016

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Paul. That is how the harness I made is run; out the body tub into the engine compartment and along the rear valance horizontal mount, then to the fender well. Like Kall, I’m nervous about the wires being near the spinning tire. I was thinking of glassing in the wires to protect them as I think the tail light wires may be far enough from the tire. I’ll check tomorrow.

    Thanks you guys.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303017

    toller
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    @toller

    Original routing of wiring on my FF was electrical tape about every 6″ and then routing the bundle of wires through “c” clamps wherever a bolt held body panels to the chassis. I got rid of tape and put the wires is corrugated split wire loom and then used tywraps to secure the loom to the chassis/body.

    David B Dixon
    Port Perry ON CA
    Sabine

    #303018

    toller
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    @toller

    I would not recommend glassing in wires because some guy named Murphy will come for a visit and you have some reason to replace or adding another wire to the bundle

    David B Dixon
    Port Perry ON CA
    Sabine

    #303023

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Hmm. Good thought. Murphy does seem to stick his neck where it doesn’t belong.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303024

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    I’ve not heard of anyone having a problem with the taillight wiring this way. A split loom taped with electrical tape should be fine. My car just has the tape. The tire is way ahead of it. The tail light has a rubber cup behind it, in the fender well, that the wire passes through. Keeps out the gunk the tire throws up–so far, anyway.

    #303036

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Allen, I promised pictures. Hope this helps.

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    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #303040

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Thanks for the photos Paul. They really helped me and I’m sure others will benefit from them.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303042

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    If you want a waterproof boot for over the lamp socket, the distributor end of a spark plug wire will fit over it.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #303045

    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Thanks Bill. My kit came with the waterproof boots.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

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