<VV> Fire Update

Rick & Janet Norris rickjanet at charter.net
Sun Mar 13 19:08:14 EST 2005

I have seen this same occurance with all the same symptoms on a Vair caused 
by the battery wire being cut through and shorting out at the firewall 
because of an out of place or missing grommet.

Rick Norris

Well, I stripped the '65 vert apart to see what the fire did, and it could 
have been much worse.

I'm not sure what happened.  It appears that the source of the fire was the 
clutch pulley at the front of the tunnel.  There is no evidence that the 
body harness was cut anywhere (my first theory).  My first assumption after 
finding that was that I'd lost engine ground and the clutch cable was taking 
all the current.  The only problem with that idea is that my nice 10ga wire 
from the engine to the frame is still intact and tight.

So, what should I check while waiting for parts?

Damage Report:
  Body Harness:  Melted at top end.  Dash harness connectors look 
salvageable (latch hooks melted).
  Clutch cable: Severed.
  Clutch pulley:  Source of fuel for fire - melted into a charred mass on 
bottom of tunnel.
  E-Brake pulleys:  Melted.
  Duct through floor, heater valve assy, duct up to defroster "Y":  Toast.
  Heater control cable:  Melted.
  Front carpet:  Melted
  Owner's mood:  Feeling fortunate.

So, before I go make my favorite vendor happy, do any of you guys have any 
ultra parts cluttering up your homes?  None of this stuff is very expensive 
(outside the harness), but I might as well support the list members.

Roger Gault
Austin, TX
New member of Group Red
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