With all the major components installed in the Purple Pig Project '49 Chevy, the time had come to hook 'em all up-wire and fire time. What I needed was a wiring harness, coincidentally around the same time that Ron Francis Wiring released its new Access 24/7 system. The 18th generation of the company's user-friendly wiring systems, this harness kit even allows the user to consolidate additional aftermarket products' relays into the system.

The 24 refers to the fuse capacity, while the 7 refers to the number of relays it can hold. Access refers to the unique way that, thanks to the fuse panel's magnetic mounting system, it can be removed and pulled from under the dash into plain view to check fuses and relays. No more crawling around on your back under the dash! It's also capable of accepting additional wires in specially labeled connectors.

Harnesses from Ron Francis Wiring are available to fit your specific application, whether you run a Ford, Chevy, Mopar, or any other make of engine, and accept the ignition system of your choice, be it a points system, HEI, PerTronix, MSD, etc. They're also supplied with a minimum standard eight-gauge wire for the alternator, though four or six gauge are available at no extra charge; just tell them what alternator you're using. Likewise they can build your harness with whichever steering column connector you need to suit your column. With an electric fuel pump and horn relay included on the fuse panel, along with the flasher relay, the whole system seemed perfect for the '49, which has way more electrical components than I ever planned for, and the added bonus of the harnesses' four Select-a-Circuit connections (offering the option of ignition or battery live feeds by moving the fuse in its slot) means I can add even more in the future!

Of course to power all this I needed a battery, opting for one of Optima's Yellow Top products. With three times the rechargeability and superior cranking power over a regular battery, it's perfect for powering a car with a number of electrical systems. I mounted the battery behind the righthand rear wheel in the trunk, using an Eddie Motorsports battery tray, designed specifically for the Optima battery.

Installing the Access 24/7 harness was simple, as every wire is labeled and the instructions are easy to follow, tackling one section of the job at a time, then moving to the next. Breaking the job down this way ensured I didn't get confused with hundreds of wires running every which way, making the process a methodical one. As I write this, the Chevy's just about ready to fire, only needing to finish the exhaust system, and I'm excited, to say the least. It's been a long time coming!

SOURCE
Optima Batteries, Inc.
5757 N. Green Bay Ave.
Milwaukee
WI  53209
888-867-8462
www.optimabatteries.com
Eddie Motorsports
11479 Sixth Street
Rancho Cucamonga
CA  91730
888-813-1293
http://www.eddiemotorsports.com/
Ron Francis Wiring
200 Keystone Road
Suite #1
Chester
PA  19013
800-292-1940
www.ronfrancis.com
SpliSeal
5980 Fulton Street
Mayville
MI  48744
888-476-1210
www.spliseal.com