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    Nice progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post

    The loom was then taped together and fed into split tubing
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    The split tubing is a dream making it very easy to feed the wires in and route them along the length of the car. And as an added bonus it makes adding extra wiring at a later date so much easier..
    I've used split tubing in various places, and as you say if feeding wires in from the end its easy. However I find it a real bugger to add wires (when adding additional wires later, or when feeding from the end isn't an option) later. I'm sure there must be a trick or gizmo to open the split to make it easy, just I haven't found it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    I've used split tubing in various places, and as you say if feeding wires in from the end its easy. However I find it a real bugger to add wires (when adding additional wires later, or when feeding from the end isn't an option) later. I'm sure there must be a trick or gizmo to open the split to make it easy, just I haven't found it yet.
    It's called a 'Biro' , just remove the inner from a Biro pen, put your new wire in the tube, hold the end of the wire and run the pen through the slit. boom! jobs a good un.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    It's called a 'Biro' , just remove the inner from a Biro pen, put your new wire in the tube, hold the end of the wire and run the pen through the slit. boom! jobs a good un.
    Love it, simple, logical and will work. Thanks Peter

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    Good tip Peter - I'll remember that one. Thankyou.

    Today I made up the rear panel harness and connected up the rear lights with the exception of a number plate light (which I forgot to buy) but made up connections to allow this to be fitted later. I also wired yesterdays section of loom to a trailer socket fitted within the engine bay. Today's section of wiring was connected to a trailer plug to enable the rear panel to be taken on and off at will without interfering with the wiring in future.

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    I then tested each circuit in turn to ensure everything worked as it should. Thankfully all was good.

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    Next stage is the front compartment harness which will be a bit more complicated than the work so far but I am finding (as Mark suggested) that by breaking it down into individual sections it is less daunting and quite easy to understand. My numbering system is working well and I have decided that once I have finished I will scan all my wiring diagrams and notes and put this onto a flash drive which I will also install somewhere in the car for any future custodians to help them understand my wiring if by any chance my notes and diagrams should ever go missing.
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    Always satisfying to make a loom, flick a switch and it works !
    Well done Phil 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    I've used split tubing in various places, and as you say if feeding wires in from the end its easy. However I find it a real bugger to add wires (when adding additional wires later, or when feeding from the end isn't an option) later. I'm sure there must be a trick or gizmo to open the split to make it easy, just I haven't found it yet.

    There is a tool

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Split-Con...807036447?var=

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Thanks Dirk

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    Made more progress today wiring up the headlamps. To my amazement the headlamps contained bulbs which still worked so all I had to do was run a series of cables to the fuse box to again allow me to test each circuit in turn. I final test was to run a live feed to all the lights simultaneously (sidelights, indicators, brake lights and main beam/dip beam) to ensure there was no dimming of any of the circuits when a full load was put on the system. Pleased to say all remained bright so I am happy with the state of the wiring so far. Still need to finish the front compartment wiring (mainly some tidying up - and a complete rewire of the roof hydraulics) before turning my attention to the dashboard.

    I'm actually enjoying the process of building a loom from scratch. The last time I wired a Nova was back in the 80's when I bought a completed loom from the Elam factory. This didn't require any real knowledge of wiring on my part - I just had to follow the instructions and everything worked. This time I have had to learn so much more but I now have a much more thorough understanding of the wiring in my car.
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    Hi Phill,
    One of the tasks on my to do list is a new loom (the mice have spent too long with the old one for me to have confidence in it!) and I was just thinking of buying a Beetle loom, but I'm really impressed with your work and think I'll have a go at building it from scratch.
    Well done!
    Alistair

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