How many wires are too many?
Looking over the wiring in my Newport 28 with an A4 engine, it seems to me the wiring is a bit haphazard. From what I've seen so far, the main positive lead from the battery goes to the starter, and then a wire goes from there to the coil. After that, there are masses of red wires that are connected here and there together onto one wire that goes to either the positive terminal on the starter or to the coil. Shouldn't there be a bus or something that all the positive leads are connected to, rather than joining them and running the common wire to one of those two terminals?
Of course, there is the bus at the DC panel, but where that hot lead comes from is still a mystery at this point.
And it looks like every red wire is also connected to my ammeter, which does nothing when the engine is running, regardless of the load. I thought that that ammeter connection went across the main black lead to sense the current.
And finally, aren't green wires the alternative for black? Or is it green/red, yellow/black? I really want to make heads and tails out of this wiry rat's nest, and it's hard to figure out what's going where with all these joins and color changes.
Thanks for any info!