<VV> 1965 Monza Battery Lead Install?
corvair at frontiernet.net
Mon Dec 10 10:04:37 EST 2018
On the late models, there is a light gauge wire to the body frame rail to
provide a ground for the accessories. This is combined with the battery
For the positive side, the heavy wire goes directly to the starter, but
there is a smaller wire coming off of the positive terminal of the battery
cable that goes down to a red plastic electrical connector pushed into the
frame rail. This is a junction to provide power to the rest of the car. See
the attached photo. Is this what melted? If so, the plastic connector
probably broke which allowed the battery to short there. See Clark's
catalog page 99 for C6802 for the connector and C6827 for the screw.
We think too much and feel too little. - Charles Chaplin
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Subject: Re: <VV> 1965 Monza Battery Lead Install?
I don't know what book you are looking at! Ultimately, the positive will go
to ground, but it has to go through something else first (ignition coil,
headlights, whatever) to provide some resistance and only allow a small
current through. What you are doing is creating a dead short with
practically no resistance. That will warm things up dramatically! I have
even seen batteries explode under such conditions!
On 2018-12-10 05:24, Arlette Pat & Carl Kelsen via VirtualVairs wrote:
> G'day everyone,
> Today I connected a battery to our '65 Monza to start checking all the
> various electrical systems. As soon I connect the positive lead, which
> has a light gauge lead to ground / earth this lead over heated stated
> smoking and melting. Of I immediately disconnected it. No apparent
> damage apart from the ground wire itself.
> Every book I have shows a ground / earth wire connected to the
> positive lead and the Negative has one also, but my Motor Electrician
> tells me this can not be right.
> Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?
> Regards from Australia
> Carl Kelsen
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