I am starting a restoration project of an old car and want to learn basic, analogue (I guess!) automotive wiring. I have a basic theoretical knowledge of basic electricity and electronics but to feel confident enough to start meddling with the actual wiring in my car, I would like to practice where a mistake leads to less drastic consequences.
Therefore, I have the idea that I could try to replicate a basic automotive wiring system with Arduino components. Having a battery, a switch replicating the starter key, a starter circuit (where the output could be just a LED or something else replicating the starter engine moving), different lights (flashing turn indicators etc.), stuff wired outside of the starter circuit (that you would like to be able to use without having the car running), etc, etc.
First - do you think this is a viable idea?
And if so - any ideas of how I would do it, and which components I would need? For example, relays seems to be important in car wiring, and I would like to learn how they work.
I have not bought any Arduino kits yet. I understand I could do this with other basic electric components and save a few bucks but I like the concept of 'kits' like the Arduino starter kits.
Any input appreciated!