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Re: Solid vs stranded wire

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George Marsh

10-15-2013 18:16:18

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I think my old 78 caddy may have used solid wire for the lights and it may have been aluminum. Not totally sure, it was a very long time ago. I do remember I saw solid wire used in a car and I had to repair a broken wire. Thought at the time it was very strange.

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Jon Hagen

10-15-2013 18:31:26

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 Re: Solid vs stranded wire in reply to George Marsh, 10-15-2013 18:16:18  
Yes, I helped an uncle add the latest feature, the third brake light to his new 85 Buick. When we tapped into the wiring harness to the brake lights, we discovered a flat strip with solid, single strand aluminum wire in it.

It was a bit of ugly stuff to splice into reliably with standard stranded copper wires.

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George Marsh

10-15-2013 18:37:01

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 Re: Solid vs stranded wire in reply to Jon Hagen, 10-15-2013 18:31:26  
Thanks for your post. I was thinking my memory may have been playing tricks on me and there are some people here that generate great pleasure telling me I'm wrong. Good to know I haven't lost all my brain cells, and it was solid aluminum wire. Must have been cheaper than stranded copper. George

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Duner Wi

10-15-2013 18:27:57

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 Re: Solid vs stranded wire in reply to George Marsh, 10-15-2013 18:16:18  
I saw a solid wire running to rear of 80 Chevy once that was original to the car.

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