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1982 Ford 4610 Diesel Electrical Problems

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Posted by Jerry/MT on December 31, 2003 at 21:17:27 from (

I bought a '82 Ford 4610 diesel in Seattle about five years ago. It had a electrical problem that I knew about and I thought would be easy to fix. It wasn't charging. I checked the alternaor and it had a problem as did the solid state voltage regulator. So far so good. The wiring had a problem also. It sems the previous owner was removing a battery and he dropped in in the engine compartment and it spilled battery acid all over the main elctrical harness connector. The acid ate up the connector and the guy tried to rewire itbut he came up short. I took what was left over and together with the Ford circuit diagrams I tried to rewire it, but I think I'm missing a wire somewhere. I now live in Northwest Montana where we have real wintersand I having problems starting that are cuased by an undercharged battery. I need to get my machine running quickly so i started looking for new wiring harnesses. I priced new wiring from Ford/NH and they quoted me around $600 for new front and rear harnesses. I think that's highway robbery. This is not the Space Shuttle for God's sake. It's a farm tractor!
I will try some local (Missoula,MT) auto electric shops. Does any know of any other source of wiring harnesses besides the dealer? Are the some custom shops that do this kind of work? Any advice would be appreciated.

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