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    Default Favourite Earth connection & starter path for D

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    Having looked at a couple of D's, there seems to be a variety of
    1. Fixing points for the earth to battery connection.
    2. Starter power cable route to battery.


    Pros and cons?
    Attaching mine tomorrow
    Steve

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    I can't comment of practicalities.

    But electrical theory indicates, the shortest possible lead by the most direct path, and the earth under a starter mounting bolt.

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    You want Hotrodelectric custom made cables. They're the shiznit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Frog View Post
    Hi All,

    Having looked at a couple of D's, there seems to be a variety of
    1. Fixing points for the earth to battery connection.
    2. Starter power cable route to battery.


    Pros and cons?
    Attaching mine tomorrow
    Steve
    The starter cables and their paths depend on a couple of different things: 1) offside or nearside battery and 2) type of starter solenoid. The ground is almost always from the battery to a stud the water pump. What year car are you working with? Is it a BVH, BVM or BVA car?
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    Is grounding to a stud on the water pump likely to exacerbate electrolytic corrosion?

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    The car has battery on the left side (passenger side on a rhd), manual, solenoid on the starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Is grounding to a stud on the water pump likely to exacerbate electrolytic corrosion?
    The honest answer is I don't know. I'll say I don't think so, I haven't ever noticed any excessive corrosion due to electrolysis because of the stud at the pump. OTOH, I do know that the pump mount plates do corrode and wear away. Whether that's just normal wear or not, I'd be lying if I told you definitively one way or the other.

    All I know is the factory mounted the ground cable to that stud for the later cars. I personally think it's a poor place to make a ground, but...
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    Early Dees had the earth cable attached to one of the gearbox cover bolts, this is also a good place to take the body strap from.
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    On the 21, I have the battery negative going to the alternator and then to the pump.
    Pretty solid but is it usual/unusual?


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    A little unusual, but nothing wrong with that hookup at all. If you want to go really complete, another ground from the alternator to one of the two bolt-down sections for the fender ground (on the frame horn, right behind the front bumper, either side of the spare wheel). You will then have a direct body ground to battery. 10 gauge (AWG) will cover that.
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