In a message dated 6/16/01, email@example.com writes:
> The ignition wire at a junction, just past the steering cowl was wrapped
> with electrical tape and was hot and melting at the time this occurred. I
> suspect this as being one spot but also suspect there may be other areas as
I had a similar problem with my 77 B. "Smoke in the cockpit" as we in the
Air Force say or, should I say, yell. Luckily, I had the top down, smoke
dissipated, and no fire resulted. I do need to get a fire extinguisher
installed in her soon.
Problem was the brown wire (lamp wire) from ignition overheated and shorted
out (melted) other wires. Infamous problem for these year B's. Replaced
ignition switch along with the switch's wiring harness and made sure all
wires were ran correct, according to the Haynes Manual (something I fear the
DPO failed to do). I also replaced all 'bad' connections (twisted wires)
with soldered, properly insulated connections. Removed all the dangerous,
loose, oil soaked (ensure your oil gauge tube is tight and not leaking -
obviously very dangerous if leaking on hot wires) electrical tape and
replaced with non-flammable, high quality tape. Then I used strapping ties
to bind the wires together, not too tightly as to let some air circulate; but
securely and in appropriate amounts.
Others may recommend relays which I am considering also.
Side note - bought this car earlier this spring. Last night was the first
time I got to take the wife out for a ride in it, as the kids just went up to
Grandma and Grandpa's, up in Nashville! I'll tell ya what, it is very hard
trying to remember when I've had so much fun. I live in Fort Walton Beach,
Florida (big tourist area on the Gulf of Mexico Coast side). We drove
through town - 20 - 30 mph; top down, ZZ Top blaring on the stereo, her
blonde hair blowing in the wind.... damn.... what a blast!
Kids will be gone for THREE weeks!!.....
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