<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.
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?
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.
New member of Group Red
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