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52-fan
07-30-2018, 09:03 AM
The turn signal switch in my truck has a metal cover part of the way down the steering column. I would like to put the new wires into a loom or cover the rest of the way to the firewall. I don't care for the look of the modern plastic split loom and I was hoping for something better than tape. Any good ideas? I know it won't work any better, but I thought as long as I have painted everything it needs something neat and clean.

Before and after. I still need a knob.

tsenecal
07-30-2018, 09:31 AM
I used this to cover all of the wiring. It is a braided cloth type of material, that closes up nicely over the wiring. It looks period correct on older vehicles. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/prf-70901/overview/

52-fan
07-30-2018, 10:06 AM
I used this to cover all of the wiring. It is a braided cloth type of material, that closes up nicely over the wiring. It looks period correct on older vehicles. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/prf-70901/overview/

It's a possibility. How does it close? Is it just springy enough to stay or does it need some kind of tie?

r1lark
07-30-2018, 10:20 AM
This is probably the stuff you are thinking about - traditional woven asphalt-coated wire loom:
http://stores.restorationspecialties.com/wire-loom/

thunderations
07-30-2018, 10:29 AM
You can get rigid plastic or metal wiring channels at home improvement stores that is meant to be used to keep wires from being ugly when exposed. The one piece mounts to the wall and the second, "U" shaped piece snaps over it, concealing the wires. Bet something like that could be made to work.

tsenecal
07-30-2018, 12:22 PM
Yes, the stuff from summit is springy, and closes up snug on the wires. You can barely see the seam. I posted 1/4", but it comes in different sizes.

52-fan
07-30-2018, 06:20 PM
You can get rigid plastic or metal wiring channels at home improvement stores that is meant to be used to keep wires from being ugly when exposed. The one piece mounts to the wall and the second, "U" shaped piece snaps over it, concealing the wires. Bet something like that could be made to work.

I suspect the metal cover that came on my truck was something like that. I have not seen one on a stock vehicle. I probably should just forget it and run a thin black tube if I could find one. The asphalt coated loom would be fine for under the hood, but I don't really want it in the cab.

mbstude
07-30-2018, 06:28 PM
I suspect the metal cover that came on my truck was something like that. I have not seen one on a stock vehicle. I probably should just forget it and run a thin black tube if I could find one. The asphalt coated loom would be fine for under the hood, but I don't really want it in the cab.

If it helps, your turn signal switch and wire cover looks like it came out of a '47-'49 Stude car.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/923/43173400272_ca3739553d_b.jpg

70Avanti2
07-30-2018, 06:49 PM
some flexable electrical conduit painted might look nice

52-fan
07-30-2018, 09:04 PM
If it helps, your turn signal switch and wire cover looks like it came out of a '47-'49 Stude car.

Thanks for the picture. Some others had suggested the column was a 1950 model because of the self canceling part being built in, but this is the first picture I have seen with the wire cover. Do you know how that cover is attached? Mine just had an ugly hose clamp around the column.