Jim Smart
February 17, 2010

Project Reclaim from Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop is a '65 Mustang fastback that was hauled out of a salvage yard after wasting away for 20 years. It was an accident-damaged six-cylinder parts car that had been picked clean by enthusiasts and tin termites. Now we're on the home stretch of this revival project and are in the process of assembly.

When Mustangs were rolling off Ford assembly lines nearly a half-century ago, automobiles weren't loaded with accessories with big electrical demands like today's extensive entertainment systems. Instead, they had AM radios or AM/8-Track tape units with a pair of stereo speakers. Climate control was a simple heater core with a fan instead of year-round air conditioning compressor use and today's constant temperature systems.

Mustangs Plus has complete reproduction electrical systems and components for classic Mustangs that perform quite well. Although these systems and components work well for concours and occasional driver restorations, they don't offer enough power options for modern conveniences in a classic Mustang. This leaves the restorer with two basic choices. If you want a stock electrical system but want to add accessories, you can install an aftermarket electrical system add-on such as CirKit Boss from Painless Performance with its own circuit protection with a master feed right off the battery/solenoid for full time power or the ignition for switched power. If you want convenience, you can do like The Restomod Shop and go with a complete Painless Performance 14-circuit wiring system designed specifically for classic Mustangs.

Painless Performance has spent a tremendous amount of time developing its 14-circuit wiring harness for '65-'70 Mustangs. Call it street rod technology that has been custom tailored for classic Mustangs because it interfaces with a Mustang's electrical system components. We installed this system in Project Reclaim because it needs an electrical system that can do a whole lot more than Ford's original wiring harness because we've added Sure Fit climate control from Classic Auto Air, Flex-A-Lite electric fan, a window-rattling sound system, Tri-Bar Halogen headlamps, Electric Life power windows, Scott Drake sequential taillights, and AutoMeter instrumentation.

Richard Bramlett of The Restomod Shop dissected our Painless Performance system and figured out how much of it we will use and how much can be either removed or stowed away for safe keeping in case we want to add something else later.

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