I started the project last night by popping off the trim at the front passenger side of the car, so that I could pull back the carpet from the firewall. I looked to see what I could see - I was hoping for an unused grommet or some easy place to fish the power wires through. No dice. I got out and looked at the same area from the firewall side. Nothing. I got back in and looked some more. I got back out and looked again - still nothing. I'm not sure how long this went on, but you get the idea. I was really hoping to find an easy, exisiting, location to get wires through here because of how much room there was in the engine bay on this side - oh well, that would have made things too easy.
I finally gave up, and moved to the drivers side. After some reaching, bending, and twisting around I was able to find one of the factory wiring harness pass throughs, and it seemed pretty roomy...awesome! In the engine bay, this turned out to be right behind the battery, so I undid the battery hold downs and slid the battery forward a little bit to get myself some additional room. To get the wires fed through, I did a fancy trick that I either made up, or read about and didn't remember. I proceeded to grab an old coat hanger, cut it into a straight wire, and poked it through from the inside out.
Oh No! Did he really say CB? What honest ham radio operator has a CB, let alone calls it that? Well, this one I guess. Because of the amount of time I spend on the road, I like having a small CB, which pretty much always stays on channel 19. Often, I don't even have a mic connected, but I like being able to flip it on when I'm getting into weird traffic stuff in other cities - the truckers always know whats up, and are usually talking about it when the traffic is bad.
For those who are curious, I used an app called "Circuit Wizard" by Blue Sea Systems to decide what gauge of wire to use. It's pretty slick actaully - you put in all kinds of specs on the equipment, the wire, the type of install (does it go through an engine compartment) and it spits out what gauge of wire you should be using.
P.S. For those who know about my home shack project, the next step on that will be more concrete sealer (just to make sure the cat smell is gone for good) and framing up some walls. My next weekend that isn't already full of stuff will probably involve a trip to Lowes for some lumber.