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Re: Fwd: electrical fire ;-(

To: HGlenBetts <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: electrical fire ;-(
From: Art Pfenninger <ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 13:29:13 -0400 (EDT)
        You've got a short for sure. The quickest way to track it down is
to trace where the wire goes. I'm not sure if a wiring diagram will help
because you may have hooked something up wrong. You might want to try a
short finder> Harbor Freight has the same one that Moss sells but for a
lot less. You could also make one but I would just buy it.It could be that
you hooked up a hot wire where a ground should go.

On Wed, 15 Apr 1998, HGlenBetts wrote:

> I think I had the wrong address when I sent this last week, Fortunately, I cc
> myself, so here's another copy ( right address I hope...
> In a message dated 98-04-10 14:53:37 EDT, HGlenBetts writes:
> << 
>  I had a good winter reading the digest and was glad to pull the tarp off the
> 'B' and get back to my project.
>  It's a 76 MG-B, last year I replaced the entire wiring harness and did many
> other things to get it running for the first time in 10 years.( found it in a
> barn and towed it home)
>  The other day I installed a new battery and started it up. ran pretty good (
> still on blocks, finishing up the rostyles). Shut it down then started
> cleaning dash and gauge faces when the frightening odor of burning wire hit
> the air. Popped the hood and yanked a few wires. The ignition was not all the
> way off. also noted that the light switch ws set at parking lamp. 
>  The wire that toasted was Red/Green, from fuze box to light switch. The
> entire wire is toasted,end to end, and burned through others. I will be
> stripping the harness, visually checking for other damage and installing a new
> light switch. 
>  Does anyone have any trouble shooting advice to find root cause??
>  How about some diagnostics to verify if I've caught all the damage to other
> wiring??
>  I had yet to do any work on eny of the lamps or sockets. Could this have been
> caused by a short in one of them??
>  #2 fuze did blow. This is linked hot with #1. The other side of fuze is red
> wire (some right side lamps etc.)
>  Thanks in advance
>  Glen, in chilly Michigan
>  76 MG-B
>  with fire extingishers in tow >>

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