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Old 02-18-2006, 05:49 PM
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Raise your hand if you have ever cleaned or polished fuses

I have, and I have done it on my car for the last time. No more twisting the fuses to make the headlights work, or searching for a copper replacement which nobody locally sells.



I even have 3 spare fuse slots (which match nicely the spare slots in the relax box).

All I have left to do on this project is make the small panel to cover the old fuse box location. I'll be using some rubber edging on the steel edge. I already had the brake booster off to replace the sway bar bushings. It will go back on next.

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Old 02-18-2006, 06:58 PM
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I have definetly wiggled my fuses to make things work. Works for a while.

How are you going to cover up the hole from the old fuse pannel?
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:30 PM
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I replaced all my old fuses with copper ones about two years ago and havn't really opened the fuse box since. Since the copper ones are so cheap I had Phil throw a bunch in and I have quite a few spares.

However thats a pretty clean set up. How did you mark them so you know what fuse goes to what?
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I replaced all my old fuses with copper ones about two years ago and havn't really opened the fuse box since.
I replaced all mine a couple of months ago with copper one too. Did it because the headlight were playing tricks on me.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:04 PM
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I'm going to make a panel (probably out of lexan for visibility into the back of the dash if needed) with an overhang on the bottom. Think of it like the weatherproof covers on marine radio wire installs. The cover hangs over the wire and the wire is silicone'd into the bottom.

The clear plastic fuse box covers are marked with a sharpie. I'm going to make a laminated map for the glove box. Each fuse is using the same number as it did originally, with one exception: I connected the fox lights to the parking lights instead of the low beams. That way they can be on with either the low or high beams.

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Old 02-18-2006, 09:49 PM
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No but I've used the mini philips heads from a power driver as a temp fuse.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:54 PM
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That's the fuse for the starter right? I'm guessing that the phillips bit as a fuse is somewhere around 500amps, give or take.

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Old 02-18-2006, 09:54 PM
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You can buy fuses at AutoZone. Look for European fuses. They only cost about $2.00 for a pack of 6 or 8.

Also what good is it cleaning or replacing fuses if the clips are dirty?

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Old 02-18-2006, 10:06 PM
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That's the fuse for the starter right? I'm guessing that the phillips bit as a fuse is somewhere around 500amps, give or take.

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Nah, I was using them to work the bugs out on the windows and sunroof on my 87 300D.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:08 PM
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I have not gone to such an extreme as making that kind of setup but that's really cool! I did replaced all the old fuses with glass GBC-type fuses from NAPA.
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I got plumb anal...I cleaned the whole fuse box till the copper shined like a new penny, new fuses, and then cleaned every ground point I could find. No big drain on time, but no big difference either.

Nice hand work on that new fuse box system....when I do wiring, it always looks like a can of worms!
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Old 02-19-2006, 12:19 AM
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I agree, that is a very nice looking job you did. I appreciate work like that!
I would love to wire my fogs with my park lights.
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:40 PM
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... and the car was rear-ended so it is on ebay at:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=001&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=110158824844&rd=1

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