<VV> 1965 Monza Battery Lead Install?
corvairduval at cox.net
Mon Dec 10 19:18:43 EST 2018
Yes, short circuit = lots of current flow + smoke and possible fire.
Jim is right, if you looked at pictures you missed the red small wire from the battery terminal attaches to a ( horrid ) red plastic thingy, HRPT for short in old Corvair discussions here on VV. It does not connect to chassis or “ground/earth”.
This red terminal is just GMs tie point for several always hot not fused connections, not just on Corvairs, but several GM models back in the 60s.
Search Corvaircenter.com/phorum for color pictures of this tie point, maybe with the search term “hrpt” or “Add circuit breaker” on a late model Corvair.
> On Dec 10, 2018, at 4:17 AM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:
> 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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