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Shannon Clark Offline
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I am in the process of tearing the wiring out of my car.(88TC) I am wondering about the bundle of wires that runs from where the factory computer is down the passanger side, to the trunk, does this run to the abs computer. I plan on removing this too. Am I going to have any problems once I remove this? There is also a bundle of wire that runs to what I think are relays, they are located right next to the vaccume tree. I dont see it on the wiring diagram? Do these relays run anything but engine functins? What about the prc shocks? I still would like them to work. I know a lot of questions. LOL
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Pete D Offline
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You should talk to somebody that has experience with this. There may be many things in that bundle and you may not want to remove all. I think turbo d has
some experience with this
Pete Dunham


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Sluggo Offline
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#3
There's alot of stuff in that bundle, including the fuel pump circuit I think. You may want to pick through it one at a time. That's how I did it, but I can't remember what was left at the end.
Doug  
88 TC / T5,4.56,Log,SC60,NPR,2277,MegaSquirt
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turbo d Offline
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Having gone through that entire mess a couple times, maybe I can help. As for the rear wiring, all of your wiring for the lights should be on your driver's side (brake lights,turn signals,etc) the passenger side should be everything else. After having removed the clutter from those harnesses, the only wire going from front to back on my pass. side is my fuel pump relay. There are a couple grounds still back there too. I believe your abs computer and something for the stock stereo is behind the rear seat, all of which is gone in my car.

As for the relays around the vacuum tree; most all of mine are gone also (keep in mind I removed the PRC, ABS, cruise, stereo, wipers, everything to do with heat and a/c, the entire info center (dummy lights), power seats,locks, mirrors, all gone. Carpet, back seat, and sound deadener are also gone. I did keep the power windows though Smile you got to have some options.
I drove the car like that for a while, probably b/t 1000 and 1500 miles. I don't mind the noise or lack of creature comforts. Granted I wouldn't have removed all that stuff if half of it had still worked. Part of me misses the comfy stock features until I hit the gas and feel what it's like to have 500 less pounds of weight. Most would say why not just start with a pinto or 'stang? Personally I just love the 87-88 tc t-birds. I like a big car and the lines on them are awesome. If I didn't have to deal with midwestern winters I'd find a low miles fully loaded one for a daily driver.
I don't know if you saw my recent post about tearing the car apart, but I recently scraped my original TC. I took pretty much everything off of the car before having the junkyard haul it away. I have a replacement car it just needs a few things done to it before I start the re-assembly process.

Anyway, even having had removed as much factory wiring as I did, there is still a ton left. Where some of my connectors under the hood once had four or five wires running thru them they now only have one or two. Plus I don't like how ford bundled their wiring (for instance the coil wire runs over to the EEC in the same bundle as the headlights) just weird stuff like that. Having already replaced the fuse panel and main wiring harness with the Painless Wiring Kit, my next step is to re-do the EEC and fuel inj. harness and replace the IRCM with individual relays. I may just spend the coin and have someone reputable custom make me a harness. Hopefully I can remove a bit more clutter before installing everything in the new car. Believe it or not, I'll admit I don't know much about wiring and relays and that sort of stuff, I just spent a lot of time with my EVTM and wiring schematics. My advice is take your time, and hang on to the stuff you remove just in case.

If you or anyone here ever find yourself near my neck of the woods and want to hang out, let me know.
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Shannon Clark Offline
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#5
Cool your in Dekalb....thats pretty close. I plan on only keeping the prc shocks,and the heat. and a cd player that I put in. Might take the power seat out too. Is there any way to use a powered driver seat, and a non powered passanger seat to make 1 non powered driver seat?
Also installing a a1000 and running on e85, so the pump will be rewired anyway.

thanks for the help. I starting a little this week but a friend is comming over on sunday!

I have the same feeling about the TC. If I was to build a race only car it would be a pinto.
11's in a TC.........Soon
Currently 12.002 @114.77
11's next year I promise!
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