Well after finishing the trip across country I found a new home in Maryland. One thing I had found out in this trip was my tail lights had gone out on the rig and that a small block chevy with a motor turned fan likes to over heat.
I can't stress enough to you new wheelers the importance of a temp guage for your engine. If your out on the trail and a hose comes lose or you begin to over heat (which happens a lot) the need to know what your engine and tranny temps are out will save you a great ton of time and money.
After several attempts to try and figure out my electrical flaws I broke down and purchased a Painless Wire Harness. This whole set up has several lessons I learned from.
Lesson Number 5
Buy the more expensive kit with the terminals already added. It is true that I did eliminate a great amount of wiring to things I just don't access but the amount of money spent on the extra terminals and the time lost cutting these terminals would have been worth the extra $100 bucks.
The whole kit I think cost me $465. Plus I was able to apply my chevy motor application with the Painless set up which made life a little easier. I did however spend a ton of money on odds and ends as you always do with any project.
You should always have a column that says miscelaneous in your budget build. I'd always add about an extra 25% to that column because there is always something that you forget or a obstacle with dollar signs you need to pass.
I can't stress enough to do this wire set up right the first time. It will save you a ton of time on back tracking later and trouble shooting. I would suggest heat enduced soder wire sleeves. These melt down and enfuse the wires together. Plus the heat shrink helps with keeping water out. Its not cheap but a great add on to ensure its done right. Lastly GROUND GROUND GROUND.....ensure you have a proper ground for all of your extra add ons....lights, radio, cb winch, ect. I had all of my items attached to one ground and things would mesh.....like my cb playing music. LOL