Ladies and gentleman, before we proceed any farther, I must, out of common decency, issue a VERY STRONG WARNING that the following post contains graphic images that may not be suitable for children, people with weak stomachs or anyone with a lick of common fucking sense.
Anyone who has ever worked on a car or truck may find these images especially infuriating as what is depicted can arguably be considered capital crimes in the automotive world.
Proceed at your own risk, you have been warned.
When I bought this Bronco recently, I opened the hood to take a look at the condition of things and immediately saw some things that disturbed me.
There were strings of non factory wiring tied in all over the engine compartment.
When I opened up the drivers door and started looking around, I saw things that disturbed me very greatly hiding under the dashboard on the drivers side where the fuse box is placed.
Lots and lots of extra wiring.
So I knew when I bought this thing that I had some serious issues I would be dealing with right off the bat that most people with any sense would have run from screaming for good reason.
Today, I started tackling some of those issues and the results are even uglier than I expected.
Whoever got under there adding electrical goodies should have been locked up.
Allow me to present Exhibit A,
These crappy cell phone pictures don’t really capture the full glory of what an electrical clusterfuck of biblical proportions this little project really turned into.
It took me several hours to yank, cut and pull the things out I did get before it got too dark to continue, yes, I am not done yet.
I also don’t know what does and doesn’t work anymore at this point but am pretty confident that most of the following stuff was added on and hopefully will not affect the factory installed features.
I know I lost count of just how many Scotchlok connectors I had to unhook and pry apart. That doesn’t include the 7 fuse holders, the two wires crimped into one connector bullshit or my favorite piece of all that went through the firewall and snaked around up to the grill and then disappeared into a seam in the sheet metal that I never did find the end of,
SIX butt connectors on two fucking wires, four feet long.
So when I finally stopped a bit ago, this is what I wound up with.
As far as I know, every bit of that went to shit out of a J.C. Whitney catalog and someone took all that shit off before they sold it.
Oh I almost forgot, there was another real head scratcher under the hood. The heavy gauge wiring on the right?
One end of a 10 gauge black wire bolted to the ground bracket on a 40 amp circuit breaker up by the battery went into a rubber hose. When I tracked it back I found the other end of the rubber hose connected to one of the factory plastic emissions vacuum lines. They were using the wire to plug a vacuum line.
Yep, that kind of shit should be fucking criminal.
The sad thing is, I figure I am only about 60% done with pulling all this extra crap off the rig, there is still a bunch of it under the hood and I have to trace a bunch of these wires out to their final destination where they take off under the dash, up interior panels and underneath the carpet.
All of this started innocently enough when I went to check the fuse for the dome light and as far as I can tell, it’s good but the light on the ceiling doesn’t work. The cargo light comes on when the door is opened but that uses a different fuse. They do share the same door switch however so I do know that works.
There is an aftermarket stereo/CD player stuffed in the dash but I already know it isn’t wired in right because it only comes on when the key is in the Run position and not the Accessory position also and the station memory function wasn’t wired into an Always Hot circuit so it won’t remember what preset stations you program into it.
It’s all good though. I used to do this shit for a living and I will get all this extraneous bullshit culled out before I get done.
After that I have a few goodies that I want to add on like a CB radio and some driving lights.
They sure as shit won’t get wired in like this mess though.
I will go down to the U Pullit yard and find me an Accessory Fuse box off some Ford product and snag it along with some of the harness to use to power things up with. Any wiring runs will have proper routing and run inside plastic wiring harnesses. I will also use quality switches instead of the Cracker Jack brand I just took out and most importantly, anything I add on that takes a bunch of juice will have a fucking relay installed into the circuit that can handle the amperage.
Whoever the clown was that did the dirty deeds I just removed better hope I never run into them though, With just the evidence provided here, I doubt a jury of my greasy handed and bloody knuckled peers would ever convict me.