G'day,

this thread, previously #66112, is one of those that went away never to return in the great AF collapse. Seeing as there looks to be a bit of interest in these lousy fuse boards, and, I managed to find the original pix, I thought to try and reconstruct something that I can't for the life of me remember exactly what was said.... anyway....

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Having experienced the usual problems with these fuse boards, firstly with an R20 then later with a Fuego - dicey edge connections, loose fuses, and bad soldered joints - it was inconvenient to say the least trying to find faults by driving around with wired-in electrical meters !!

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Dealing with the fuse board fixed a multitude of problems, well worth the effort.

I started with the r20. I pulled the edge connectors apart and bent bits to get reasonable tension on the connectors, and the usual vaso on final assembly to help keep away the corrosion. I went over all the soldered joints and gave them a touch up, looked really pretty - aaah, I think that the buzzer went with the flashers, optional extra for half deaf not so old buggers....

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It was still no damn good, the fuses were not connecting properly all the time, they had to go.

So we got the Bob Mk1 fuse board, and convenient fuse extractor....

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Isn't great when things work....

Soon after this the Fuego arrived, seeing as the Bob Mk1 was such a success, I went for a Bob Mk2 and added LEDs as failed fuse indicators....

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All the bits 'n bobs would have come from Jaycar. The old time fuse holders are the PCB type and need to be modded a little to reduce the width so that they will fit in the space. But a quick search failed to turn them up, could be another useful item that's no more, although the little clips are available, maybe not as convenient but the effect will be the same. Make sure you get the right ones for the fuses you want to use. The 3mm red LED/resistor combination to suit, you don't need much current to get visible light in this situation so allow for a higher available voltage than 12v - just make sure you get them the right way round....

Reckon that I looked at wedge fuses at the time but they wouldn't fit, too fat or too tall, one or 't other.

And, just to be sure that you are kept on your toes, here's a couple of other Fuego typical lectrickery trouble spots.....

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that first one is near the middle top of the firewall and is a main feed, I've seen one of these that got that hot it melted the socket and caused a fire that destroyed the car.....

cheers,
Bob