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Fuse block replacement 63

ta73vette66

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Hello Folks,
Anyone have any tips on replacing the fuse block on a 63 coupe. The contacts in mine are extremely corroded so I picked up a Repair kit from Zip.
Thanks
 

IH2LOSE

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Welcome to our forum,

Allthough I cant answer your question directly

I will make a suggestion

I am not trying to get you to spend more money then needed but you might consider doing an entire dash harness if possible.I was having 2 problems with mine

1-was that inorder for the dash light to be on some times I had to push on my fuse block with my toe and the light would come on.

2-I could never find the feed for the cigerette lighter.

My dash harness I thought was perfect

I ordered a new one and upon removing the old harness had found some splices and bear wires that may have caused a problem in the future.

My suggestion would be to replace the entire dash harness.

It ended up being an entire saturday for me but I was also in the midst of rebuilding my steering colomn

Good Luck and I am sure some one here can give you the needed information
 

61 Silver

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Hi!

When I restored my 63 SWC my firewall and fuse connections had corrosion. I purchased some contact cleaner from Radio Shack and cleaned all terminals contacts with cleaner and a brush. I also used some electrical contact grease on all connections. I un-wrapped the harness inspected all wires and repaired the temperature-sending unit wire and re-wrapped the harness.

Ray
 

ta73vette66

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Thanks,
I will definatley look into that. Harness apears to go for around $400 but it might be worth the piece of mind that the wiring is sound.
 

ta73vette66

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Hi Ray,
Thanks for your input. It looks like there are only 2 screws holding the fuse block to the inside of the firewall. It seems pretty straight forward to pull it free. Are there any tricks or trouble spots?
Joe
 

61 Silver

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The two screws connect the fuse block from the inside firewall to the terminal connector on the engine bay side of the firewall. If I remember correctly the only problem I had was with firewall insulation. The biggest problem I see is working under the dash. It gets real tight under there. You will want to document the routing of all the wires prior to removal. I removed my dash to restore the birdcage and to install new dash pads.

Good Luck!

Ray

Picture of the new pads and a newly vinyl covered center dash.

 

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