<VV> Electrical Fire

Ewell Mills emills5@cfl.rr.com
Mon, 9 Aug 2004 12:40:36 -0400

        After hearing from Bob Helt about my electrical fire, he explained
that starting in 1967 the general installed three fusible links to prevent
what happened to me.  One is located in the engine compartment and is a 14
gage wire that feeds the 10 gage battery charging circuit.  Had this been in
place, it is possible that it would have burned open and prevented the fire,
but in my case this 14 gage wire (fusible link) had been replaced with a
stranded 10 gage wire.  There is also a 16 gage black fusible link installed
between the junction block and the in-line connector to protect all unfused
wiring of 12 gage or larger.  This one is a serviceable piece and is not an
integral part of the wiring harness as was the first one..  The generator
warning light and field circuitry (16 gage wire) is protected by a fusible
link (20 gage wire) used in the "battery feed to voltage regulator #3
terminal" wire.  This link is installed as a molded splice in the generator
and forward lamp harness and is serviced by splicing in a new 20 gage wire as

All of the above information is contained in the 1967 Chassis Shop Manual
Supplement on page 12-4.

After purchasing this car, I have pretty much finished restoring it and
painted it gold, and since I have run across so many things that have been
modified, I named it "Rube Goldberg".  Seemed fitting.

Cecil Mills
Cocoa, Fl.