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raoul5788
03-28-2018, 10:03 AM
I'm putting in a new wiring harness in my '50 Commander. Any advice on whether or not to remove the dash to do it? I've never taken one out of one of these. It looks tighter underneath than others I have worked on. Worth the effort?

5brown1
03-28-2018, 10:55 AM
My vote is remove it to save time and aggravation if they are as easy to remove as the later models.

TWChamp
03-28-2018, 10:57 AM
In 1970 I removed my dash on my 1950 Commander to repaint the black lower part. It wasn't hard to do, but then I was much younger. I'd just remove the left round gauge cluster, and leave all the rest in place. If laying upside down on your back doesn't bother you, then you don't need to remove anything.

Commander Eddie
03-28-2018, 11:23 AM
Just remove the 2 instrument clusters. One is your speedometer and gauges. The other is either a clock or clock delete. You will find that is sufficient. If you have a radio you might want to drop it down as well. The biggest headache is the wire in the roof for your rear dome light. It will require removing the headliner and replacing it.

raoul5788
03-28-2018, 12:32 PM
I'll try removing the clusters, sounds like a good approach, and the radio, too. Thanks!

Jerry Forrester
03-28-2018, 10:07 PM
I'll try removing the clusters, sounds like a good approach, and the radio, too. Thanks!

I would remove the front seat first.

TWChamp
03-28-2018, 11:42 PM
It also helps to use an air hose to blow away all the loose dust, so you have less chance of getting it in your eyes.

drrotor
03-30-2018, 12:06 AM
And where does one buy a ‘50 Commander (Land Cruiser in my case) wiring harness and for how much?

TWChamp
03-30-2018, 12:15 AM
And where does one buy a ‘50 Commander (Land Cruiser in my case) wiring harness and for how much?

I think the name is "Lark Works" or Lark Wiring" and I think they are in Ohio. Hopefully someone else knows for sure, but when I talked to him at a national meet in St Louis, he said he was blueprints for all the wiring harnesses.

drrotor
03-30-2018, 12:23 AM
Any other suppliers, just for comparison’s sake?

unclemiltie
03-30-2018, 08:45 AM
Studebakers West also does harnesses but I am not sure if they have this one

TWChamp
03-30-2018, 02:49 PM
Here's a link for Lark Works, but it would be good to hear how your comparison finds prices and originality of the harness. They are in Stockton, Kansas.
There is also Rhode Island Wiring, but I've never talked with them.

http://www.larkworks.com/

acolds
03-30-2018, 03:07 PM
Any time I have to work under dash on older cars I remove the front seat and put a pad to prevent obstruction from digging into my my back a dog bed works well for me. you also may want to remove bottom of back seat for added room and comfort it can be a nice lay down job with proper prep work better than laying under car.

raoul5788
03-30-2018, 04:00 PM
I got mine from Studebakers West, total was about $360 including shipping for the chassis, taillight, and o/d harness. That's a lot less than most other vendors and the quality is very good. It's not cloth wrapped, but that's okay, it's for a driver.

drrotor
04-01-2018, 01:19 AM
This is helpful. Thanks.

n29we
04-01-2018, 09:02 AM
I'm putting in a new wiring harness in my '50 Commander. Any advice on whether or not to remove the dash to do it? I've never taken one out of one of these. It looks tighter underneath than others I have worked on. Worth the effort?
I put a new harness in my 50 Champion convert about 2 years ago. Did it with no problem with the dash installed. Would it have been easier out? I'll never know