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Stupid Wiring Question--\'85 CJ7
1985 CJ7, 258, t-5, PS, PB, no a/c, had a stereo and remote heater, now gone.
First a very fast bit of history. PO had the ignition switch in the column go out. Rather than replace it, he ran all new wires and put in a second ignition switch on the dash--cutting the existing wires at the firewall. So you would have to turn the key on the dash to "on" for any accesories to run, and then use the ignition switch on the dash to start the jeep. Then another thoughtful soul decided that the "computer" (ECM?) was too complicated and converted the distributor over to points. Not too big of a deal(since I plan on grafting in a 4.6L stroker in a year or so) since poiints are simple, but it leaves me with some rather strange wiring under the hood.
First stupid question: Were factory black wires ALWAYS ground? Case in point, I have 2 black and 1 black w/white stripe coming off a common ground on the frame that have been cut off at the length of about 2'. Nearby is a pigtail going to the tranny and t-case that has a black wire coming from it that was cut off at about 3". Logic dictates that this is a ground wire and I should hook it into one of the orphan ground wires. However, could I be wrong?
Second stupid question: There is a connector that has a multiplicty of wires coming off of it that have further pigtails going to a pair of Bosch units that look like relays. Are they part of the now defunct computer system and safe to get rid of.
My goal is to simplify the wiring to the point that I don't have anything nonfunctional in the way. However, I don't want to shoot myself in the foot for the later stroker conversion. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!