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Old 13th-November-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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I'm finding myself needing to replace the battery cables. That in itself is not a huge problem, but where do I find cables that are the same as the originals? Both the pos and neg have an additional smaller wire coming out of the connector along with the heavyier one. Thanks.
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Old 13th-November-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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Try ss396.com. That is Ground Up, they should have them.
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Old 13th-November-2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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I found some on Classic Industries.com. $47 each!!! And not a 100% correct factory replacement.

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Old 13th-November-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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Try ss396.com. That is Ground Up, they should have them.
Thanks Roger. $90 at SS396.com for the pair, but at least they look like the originals. How bad do you want it? I asked myself.
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I'm finding myself needing to replace the battery cables. That in itself is not a huge problem, but where do I find cables that are the same as the originals? Both the pos and neg have an additional smaller wire coming out of the connector along with the heavyier one. Thanks.
What are the additional smaller wires for? I recently bought a 71 SS and the small wire on the positive cable is "capped" I guess you would call it. It's there but is cut off and taped. Was wondering where it should be going.
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Old 13th-November-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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What are the additional smaller wires for? I recently bought a 71 SS and the small wire on the positive cable is "capped" I guess you would call it. It's there but is cut off and taped. Was wondering where it should be going.
The extra black one goes to the fender. (chassis ground?) I haven't traced the one off of the positive. I'll try to look tomorrow if nobody else posts.
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Old 13th-November-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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check classic muscle at oldmusclecars.com, they have a lot of hard to find parts and i found their price to be better than anyone elses.
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The extra black one goes to the fender. (chassis ground?) I haven't traced the one off of the positive. I'll try to look tomorrow if nobody else posts.
Thanks. If you get a chance that would be great.
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Old 14th-November-2012, 08:18 AM   #9
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Thanks. If you get a chance that would be great.
I found a sticky on here with wiring diagrams for all years of Novas. Here's the link: http://www.novareference.com/manuals...iring_left.jpg
It looks like the additional wire that comes off of the pos terminal is a fusible link that goes to a junction block, then to the horn relay. Hope this helps.

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Thanks for all of the help.
After some more thought, I've decided that I'm not going to worry about getting the "year correct" part. I passed on the aftermarket "year correct" battery for $350, so the cable isn't that big a deal.
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I found a sticky on here with wiring diagrams for all years of Novas. Here's the link: http://www.novareference.com/manuals...iring_left.jpg
It looks like the additional wire that comes off of the pos terminal is a fusible link that goes to a junction block, then to the horn relay. Hope this helps.
That does help Thanks. I'll check the sticky when I get a few minutes.
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What are the additional smaller wires for? I recently bought a 71 SS and the small wire on the positive cable is "capped" I guess you would call it. It's there but is cut off and taped. Was wondering where it should be going.
If it's on the positive side, it's most likely a battery charging wire. How is your battery getting charged?

Some good reading here: http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...evymain1.shtml
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Thanks for all of the help.
After some more thought, I've decided that I'm not going to worry about getting the "year correct" part. I passed on the aftermarket "year correct" battery for $350, so the cable isn't that big a deal.
Just depends on which way you want to go, a nice car or a nice 100% correct car...the later will cost twice as much...lol.
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Just depends on which way you want to go, a nice car or a nice 100% correct car...the later will cost twice as much...lol.
Mine is almost 100% as I bought it, so I'm going to call it "original". Same paint, running gear, interior, etc.
I added a tach and a vacuum gauge, swapped out the Quadrajet for a Holley, and changed the air cleaner. I needed a new battery and a cable, but not a $350 battery and a $50 cable.
I've always been a fan of original, stock vehicles. But don't get me wrong; I'm in no way slamming folks who have rebuilt their cars, and personalized them more to their liking. The results are impressive, and they should feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
I am fortunate to be the original owner, and mine doesn't need nearly that much work. So for the purists, it's not 100% correct, but it's still an original, and in my opinion, in some elite company with other lucky owners with similiar Novas.
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