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Re: 1937 smoking wires
Facundo #1342268 Wed Jan 15 2020 05:21 AM
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Before we got rich (lmao) and bought all the fancy short detector tools we used to take the main feed wire off the starter battery cable post and put a circuit breaker inline from the battery cable to the main feed wire. With the breaker in place, and clicking from the short, you can disconnect wires one at a time till the clicking stops. It's much quicker to disconnect a whole system at a time to find which has the short and then work within that system. Example: pull "BAT" wire off regulator (charging system), feed wire off dimmer switch (head lights), feed wire from amp gauge to headlight switch, hot wire to amp gauge, accessory wires on ignition switch ( heater, radio, etc). With an old car/truck there are just not that many places a short can hide. If the breaker goes nuts from the get-go then you can disconnect all the systems and then hook back up one at a time till the breaker starts clicking. A circuit breaker runs under ten bucks for 12v but not sure about 6v.

Re: 1937 smoking wires
Facundo #1342340 Wed Jan 15 2020 08:19 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
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That arrangement is known as a starterator. They have lots of knowledge about those over on the VCCA site. I believe they caused a lot of problems.

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Re: 1937 smoking wires
Facundo #1342667 Sat Jan 18 2020 06:06 AM
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Shop shark thats a good idea im giong to do that .i was jus going to start replacing all the cloth wires .. but one at a time will at least let me know where the problem was at ..master gabster.. starterator.. thanks .. i know what to ask about now.

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