<VV> Fire!

Joe West joew at diveaz.com
Sat Mar 12 19:39:18 EST 2005

Hi Roger,

Sorry for your bad luck... This is very sad.

I think I'll learn from your lesson... As soon as I get my Spyder back from
the shop... I'll install one.

Keep us posted on what happens.

Joe West

On 3/12/05 4:13 PM, "Roger Gault" <r.gault at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> OK.  You guys that have been thinking, "Yeah, I should put a fuse in the big
> red wire since some PO replaced the fusible link," go out and do it now.  I've
> been planning to do it for a couple of months.
> Minding my own business today in the '65 vert, nice 80 degree day, top down...
> I'm coasting down to a stopsign when the music stops coming out of the dash
> speakers and is replaced by smoke.  "Hmmm... This can't be good."  Moments
> later, "thunk", clutch is no longer pushing back on my foot.  More smoke.
> "No, this is VERY unlikely to be good.  Stop, look down under dash - flames
> coming from the tunnel - time to panic.
> Fortunately there's this nice fellow out front of the house I'm parked in
> front of, who sacrifices his fire extinguisher for the cause and runs to get
> his hose.  Car is saved.
> Melted carpet, melted defroster duct, other damage underneath floor unknown.
> (Music came back on before I yanked the positive battery cable out of the
> cheesy screwdown clamp.)  I suspect the harness is toast and the clutch cable
> pulley is melted.  We'll see what else tomorrow.  After having it towed the
> mile to the house and then pulling it up 75 feet of very steep driveway with a
> rented come-along, I'm too tired to jack it up today.
> Roger Gault
> Austin
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