eporter wrote:The biggest issue I've ever had with steel and aluminum is when you've got an aluminum stem or seatpost in a steel bike frame for a long time w/ no regreasing. That bumper/hitch area probably won't have an issue for at least a couple hundred years!
PLEASE let us know an approx. cost for the rewiring job. I know there are a lot of variables, but I've always wondered what a shop would charge as a ballpark.
We got severely ripped off @ around $2000 but now that it's all said and done I'm SO glad we did it.
Our ambulance is basically wired like a box van now. I was able to keep all the labelled, extremely high quality wires/relays/breakers/solenoids etc. for use in my new house wiring.
Depending on what you want hooked back up it could easily be upwards of 2000 at a fair price, or if you just want them to tear it all out, make sure it starts and drives, and then you go back and wire in all your lights, maybe 800-1200?
The reason I feel ripped off is because the guy cut my auxillary AC compressor wiring and my block heater which I told him not to for extremely obvious reasons, then still had the gull to charge me 2000 when he didn't do anything except unscrew/disconnect the remaining electrical panel and run a single wire from my steering column, through the gutted ambulance to the license plate lamp.
So after that enormous expense i had to go in and wire all 16 remaining dead lights, plus he had done stupid things like connect the one remaining LED tail light on each side to both resistor wires for each turn direction. Undoing that, with the little work he had done, meant that I effectively had to redo a third of the work he overcharged for.
In hindsight, with everything I've learned on my own and through conversations with a mechanic friend, I should've just done it myself, it really is not as complicated as it looks once you acknowledge that the vast majority of the wires and circuitry in the compartment is associated with things you'll never used again anyways. You take it all out and realize all you need from the truck interface is your standard running and park lights.