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Old 07-28-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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Lost running light wire

I have to confess-I am a newbie. I am restoring a 1971 Safari. The PO allowed the port rear marker light wire and back up wire to retreat into the hole in the hull. I can’t find it. Rather than take apart the entire interior, can anyone give me an assistance for an easy way to find those wires before they short out against the hull. I know they’re in there somewhere?
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Get a length of mechanic's wire, bend a hook in the end of it, and stick it through the hole where the wire should go. Try fishing around, and see if you can snag the wire.
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Thanks I’ll try that this week.
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I have to confess-I am a newbie. I am restoring a 1971 Safari. The PO allowed the port rear marker light wire and back up wire to retreat into the hole in the hull. I can’t find it. Rather than take apart the entire interior, can anyone give me an assistance for an easy way to find those wires before they short out against the hull. I know they’re in there somewhere?

I used a clothes hanger one time. (I did it too :-) Straightened it out and put a hook on the end. In the future, and for the benefit for anyone else who is reading this thread, I suggest use a pair of small vise grip pliers to hold the wire so it will not fall inside while to get the surface and the new light ready to install.
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Harbor freight and other discount outlets sell inexpensive cameras with flexible fiber optic extensions that let you see inside walls. Good for a lot of DIY projects and inspections. The other tool is a flexible grabber. It is a tube with three spring claws that extend to grab something when you push on a button at the other end. Great for grabbing nuts and wires, too. Most auto parts stores have these.

The hole may be too small for all this, but maybe. A bit of tape might make the two tools an assembly. I think some cameras have an optional hook for just this purpose.

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Harbor freight and other discount outlets sell inexpensive cameras with flexible fiber optic extensions that let you see inside walls. Good for a lot of DIY projects and inspections. The other tool is a flexible grabber. It is a tube with three spring claws that extend to grab something when you push on a button at the other end. Great for grabbing nuts and wires, too. Most auto parts stores have these.



The hole may be too small for all this, but maybe. A bit of tape might make the two tools an assembly. I think some cameras have an optional hook for just this purpose.



Good Luck. Pat


This is really great advice for a rookie like me! I thought about trying to make the whole a little larger to accommodate a more sophisticated tools. Is that advisable? Thanks again for everything.
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I used a clothes hanger one time. (I did it too :-) Straightened it out and put a hook on the end. In the future, and for the benefit for anyone else who is reading this thread, I suggest use a pair of small vise grip pliers to hold the wire so it will not fall inside while to get the surface and the new light ready to install.


Thanks for that suggestion. Is there a place inside whereI could unbutton some of the skin to peek in at that area? I thought pulling a couple rivets inside might be better than a bigger hole in the outside skin.
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Thanks for that suggestion. Is there a place inside whereI could unbutton some of the skin to peek in at that area? I thought pulling a couple rivets inside might be better than a bigger hole in the outside skin.
No. You are pretty much stuck. Make the hole bigger and buy a camera off of Amazon then fish the wire out with a wire hook. That's what I did (successfully). Do not compound the problem...
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No. You are pretty much stuck. Make the hole bigger and buy a camera off of Amazon then fish the wire out with a wire hook. That's what I did (successfully). Do not compound the problem...


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