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1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact #1250176
Tue Jan 09 2018 04:18 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 04:18 PM
Woogeroo  Offline OP
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1965 Chevrolet C10 lwb/long bed step side

my C10 still has the original style fuse panel with the glass bulb fuses.

The fuse on the heater blower circuit, sometimes it wiggles just enough after I hit a bump or something and it breaks contact, the heater blower turns off.

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have this issue or something similar.

I am curious if there are any safe fixes some of you have come up with?

Thanks.

-Woog

Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250183
Tue Jan 09 2018 05:12 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 05:12 PM
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beltfed  Offline
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Knoxville, TN
Depending on where I am and what I have available, I’ve uses aluminum foil, solder wick, or built the metal ends with with solder.


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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250201
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:20 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:20 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
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Dellrose, TN
As a last resort, use a universal fuse holder and solder the wires to the existing fuse block clips. Sometimes the clips are just too far gone to salvage without replacing the whole fuse block.
Jerry


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The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250204
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:28 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:28 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
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Old time shade tree fix. Trim two pieces of aluminum foil about 1/8 inch wide and 1/2 inch long. Wrap a piece around each end of the fuse and put the fuse back in. Should tighten the fuse up enough to keep it from vibrating loose.🛠


Martin
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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250208
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:36 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 06:36 PM
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EdPruss  Offline
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Frequently the reason fuses cause the rivets to get loose is the fuse gets hot, from overload or being too small-amp wise- mike sure to check fuse temp, might have to use larger size if always hot.

Ed


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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250216
Tue Jan 09 2018 07:43 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 07:43 PM
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bartamos  Offline
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The short fix is to wire around the fuse holder and add an inline fuse as Jerry said.
The long fix is to take fuse panel out and repair or replace.

You can take the fuse out and abandon that circuit. Add a hot wire from somewhere else; thru an inline fuse to heater fan switch. No need to mess with, or solder to, the fuse panel.



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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250222
Tue Jan 09 2018 08:37 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 08:37 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
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A friend substituted a .22 rimfire shell casing for a tail light fuse that kept blowing while towing his duck boat on a hunting trip. It turned out the cause of the problem was an intermittent short in the trailer wiring. It would have probably been a better idea if he hadn't used a live round. When the short happened the next time, it got everybody's attention when the brass got red hot and lit off the powder. Nothing like the equivalent of a good-sized firecracker going off under the dash!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250226
Tue Jan 09 2018 09:01 PM
Tue Jan 09 2018 09:01 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
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Central, Oklahoma
Back in my younger stupider days I would cut the head off a 1/4 in Bolt and put it in place of a fuse. Didn’t have the money for a box of fuses. Fortunately I never burnt anything up. 🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250367
Wed Jan 10 2018 08:23 PM
Wed Jan 10 2018 08:23 PM
Rusty Rod  Offline
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wrigleys chewing gum wrappers work great too...


Another quality post.


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Re: 1965 C10 - fuse wiggles breaks contact [Re: Woogeroo] #1250833
Sat Jan 13 2018 10:05 PM
Sat Jan 13 2018 10:05 PM
Woogeroo  Offline OP
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Thank you for the replies everyone.

Good stuff and entertaining stories... haha.

I took the fuse out and checked the clips for wiggle, they seem solid. I don't know if the fuse itself was cracked before or broke while I removed it, as it was REALLY in there on the right hand side of the panel, but the glass was cracked, so I replaced it with a new fuse.

Before I did that tho', I bent the right side clip down a smidge, then snapped the new fuse into place.

So far no issues with the heater going off... but will keep an eye on it.

Thanks!

-W


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