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    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Heading into Balto this a.m. I look down to discover my oil pressure gauge reads 0. Same thing the Volts.

    Pulled over and check the belt, everything spinning nicely in the engine bay; figure it’s a loose wire or a fuse, finish my trip, check the fuse, no love.

    Hour or two later I’m heading home. Now I got no volts, no oil pressure, no tach, no idiot lights (oil pressure/temp and the gen) and the gas gauge sinks to empty. Also no turn signals, brake lights, headlights.

    The emergency flashers work. Didn’t check the wipers ’cause I had the windscreen folded flat & wasn’t sure if there’d be any other trouble.

    Made it home no trouble but feeling a little stressed about it.

    So. Guessing it’s a major ground up there but thought I’d see in anyone has any other ideas. I’m too bushed to climb in there upside down tonight and start the search.

    #249762
    Montie Henderson
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    @montie

    Ed, mine did something similar a while back.  I lost all gages turn signals and horn do to one spot.  It was the common wire under the fuse block.  It had came un-sodered (do to lack of any other term).  I used a stick light to chase down which spot had to be re soddered.  Easy fix,  pain in the #$%^& to find.

    #249763
    BEBOP
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    @bebop

    I think you probably have a problem with your fuse panel.  I had to replace mine once and couldn’t find the exact one so I had to put in two smaller ones, in series, in order to house all the fuses. By the way, I finally found a suitable mechanical trip-reset VDO speedometer on Craigs list but had to enlarge the hole in the dash board a bit to accomodate its larger diameter. It works great and so from now on if anyone else asks me how do I know how fast I’m going I no longer have to answer, “By the Wind.” Smile

    Randy in Chandler Arizona, great B-bopp'in teritory. I must have the only one in the country made by Rich Industries in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on a 1986 Ford Cortina (english ford escort) It's a 1600cc straight four cylinder front engne, 4 speed, changed from right side driver to left side with several shafts and u-joints. BEBOP because I once had an MGB with license plate MG-BEPOP in Virginia.

    #249764
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Thanks, Randy. Bridget has but 6 fuses, so I think any new panel will probably expand the number. She’s good to go for now though. It was a hot wire into one of the fuse blocks–too much wire for the hole, maybe, so probably a good thing to split that one into two or more fuses. I’ll get to it when I redo the dash.

    What speedo do you have, BTW? Mine’s from a 72 Bug. I refaced it white. I also have a chrome bezel for it. No re-settable trip odometer but it does have an integral fuel gauge & reads pretty honestly to 100 mph. It’s also just shy of the diameter of the original TD speedo. Close enough for govt. work, I say.

    edsnova2012-03-18 10:21:29

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