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I need to make a new wiring harness for my 140 H3 since it is in such poor condition. Does anyone know where I can get the rubber boot style push on connectors used on the ammeter, cigarette lighter, and coil terminals. I am trying to avoid using ring terminals if at all possible.





 

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Well, I contacted Jim at Agri-Service. It seems they replace the push on boot connectors with ring terminals and after an exhaustive search on the internet I can see why. I cant find them anywhere. So I guess I will use ring terminals too.

Now does anyone know where I can get 14 ga. wire without buying each color in 50 foot lengths and paying 12.00 for 8 female spade connectors? The more I look around, Jim's quote on a new harness seems reasonable, but still I would like to do it myself.
 

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How much did he quote you?

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He quoted me $129.00 not including the headlight harness. At first it seemed high, but given the cost of materials and labor it seems reasonable.
 

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Mike, have you looked around an auto savage yard? Some of your parts have a strong resemblance to wiring on cars. Especially those coming off the starter solenoid. You might be able to cut out a full length with those clips for what you need. Just be sure ask the management if it's okay to chop up some wiring.
 

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I bought one of the harnesses from Jim at Agri-Services. The quality seems great and everything comes labeled to make installation a breeze. There is no way I could have purchased the wire, connectors and made my own to look this good for the $129.00 Jim charged. Here is a picture of it.
 

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Rick,

It is hard to tell from the picture, did he use ring terminals on the ammeter and other connections that had the push on terminals? It does look well made. I'm finding out that the cost of the wire alone for me to make one is 50% of Jim's quote. I haven't had any luck finding wire of the colors other than red, black and green, I need locally.
 

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Mark,

I have not looked in any junk yards. It was my thought too that they look like older coil terminal connectors, but have not found any on the internet as of yet.
 

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Well, after a long deliberation I decided to make my own wiring harness. The old harness was in poor shape, but at least I could use it and a wiring diagram as a pattern. It came out pretty good. Not hard at all to make. The local auto parts store gave me a break on the price of the wire since I was going to buy so many colors. This then made it affordable to make, otherwise I would have opted to go with Jim at Agri-Services quote. Besides I like being able to say I made it myself. I wasn't able to get the wire with the correct striping so I used colored heat shrink instead. Probably unnecessary, but as my memory fades this may help in future troubleshooting. Now on to the battery and battery cables. BTW, what size battery do I need to look for?




 

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Mike,

The wire harness looks great !! And the inside of the tower looks fantastic !!!

Very nice Restore


Oh and the battery... I believe it should be a 26R series...but let someone else chime in on the battery first. I have a 26R in mine because it worked out right, but don't now if it correct !!
 

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Thanks Ron,

I have been working on this longer than I care to admit. I even had to create a new user name for WFM because I had forgotten my user name and password from when I first started. I'll add a few more before/after pictures too. BTW I'm looking at moving toward your neck of the woods, hence my returning to the restoration. It is a lot easier to drive a tractor on a trailer than move several boxes of parts.




Progress at about 2 weeks ago. Those are the original Goodyear rear tires. I'm pleased at how they came out.
 

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Mike,

That looks great so far ! Have you been using a spray bomb or a gun for the paint ?? Yeah, sure would be much easier to move whole !

Possibly moving up with us snowbirds ?? What area are you looking at ? If you do come this way, be sure to let me know !! There are a bunch of us New Yorkers here on the site and we are all fairly close to each other.... close enough so that we should plan a get together !!
 

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Ron,

I have been using an HVLP gun from Hooey Fooey for the large parts since I have access to a paint booth at work. The small parts and hardware items I just use a spray can. No sense in mixing up a batch for a small job.

The company I work for has an opening in Rochester (south of the city). It is as close as I can get to home. We left WNY in 1985 and I've been trying to get back there ever since. I love the snow and cold.
 

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Ron,

I now work for Emerson Instrument & Valve Services. I'm a little familiar with Livonia, we're looking in that area as well. It's the real estate market here in KY that will determine when we actually move. I like the snow, but don't want to move in it.

BTW, I just picked up the battery kit from my local dealer. Will this limit the size of battery I can put in? This tractor has been missing the original battery hold down since the Blizzard of '77! I don't think it has had the correct battery installed ever since!




 

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Hi Mike. The black plastic cover is only used for tractors with the U1 sized battery (the small style for RF and 60/70 lawn tractors). The red cover is for the larger post style batteries. What I do is use the J hooks from this kit and then find a piece of angle iron to us as the actual hold down bracket for my tractors that use the larger battery.

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Hi Kent,

Thanks for the info. I thought the plastic cover looked small, but I wasn't sure. My owners manual calls for a group 22F 255 CCA battery. That seems small too. I have searched the site looking for a replacement battery, but it seems that everyone is using different sizes and types. I want one that will fit correctly on the battery tray with no clearance issues, yet enough CCA for use in the winter. I'm finally getting to the point where I need to focus on getting the engine installed. There is light at the end of the tunnel!!
 
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