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Cloth covered wire
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2016/4/1 11:26
From MIlmay, NJ
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Any body got a source for really good reproduction wire. I was at Hersey and it seemed all they had was really cheap wire that they put cloth around and charged a horrendous price for. Don't mind paying for the good stuff

"If you buy good quality products in first time, you are only pissed off about it once"

W

Posted on: 2/24 6:35:45
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Re: Cloth covered wire
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I doubt there are very many companies who still manufacture the covered wire so finding a wide selection of qualities might be a problem. It has been a few years since I bought but at the time I made the purchases most came from Rhode Island Wiring. Check out their supplies page. http://www.riwire.com A couple of sizes with a specific tracer color or stripe configuration RI did not stock I was able to find at YnZ. https://www.ynzyesterdaysparts.com As I recall, all the wire was decent copper stranded and priced competitively.

A downside to either company is unless things have changed since my purchase, RI has no online ordering capability which means a phone call and YnZ has a minimum order which is higher than just a length or two of wire costs -- but they do have other supplies if you need more to make a minimum.

Posted on: 2/24 7:02:15
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Re: Cloth covered wire
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Harnesses Unlimted
http://www.harnessesunlimited.com

"We can also supply authentic wiring supplies for those who chose to build their own wiring system or for those who are restoring boats. We can provide a braiding service to cover the wiring harness(es) you make with the original cloth covering. Refer to wire and harness materials for more information."

Posted on: 2/24 8:24:59
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Re: Cloth covered wire
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My vote is the same as HH56’s, that is, Rhode Island Wiring. When I bought many gauges and covering color/tracer combinations (maybe 30 items in total) I sent them a listing of the items via e-mail . . . that was after calling them for instructions. I also got to talk to the young lady that had fabricated the harness in my ’48 years before. At the time I was trying to talk them into showing the circuit breaker in the headlight circuit (didn’t happen).

Brillman also carries bulk cotton braided wire (many gauges, many color/tracer patterns). As with all of these products you get a modern PVC covered copper wire that has been over-branded with a single braid of cotton. It is not the old school rubber under cotton, or cotton alone wiring that turns to powder.

Sacramento Vintage Ford also carries the product. At one time SVF’s website had photos of various employees running machines that supposedly were adding the over-braid. If they still locally apply the cotton then perhaps a ‘non-stock’ (from the Ford perspective) could be run if you have a specific color and tracer pattern that isn’t carried by the others.

Rhode Island website shows many many tracer combinations, which in my mind, suggest they too over-braid locally. When you consider the number of gauges, back-ground colors, tracer colors, and tracer patterns that would be an inventory nightmare. Much better to set-up the loom, and load the bobbins.

Posted on: 2/24 14:30:02
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Re: Cloth covered wire
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Thanks guys
This site is the best
W

Posted on: 2/25 6:13:27
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