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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 03, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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This is probaly a real dumb question but, how does the fuse box panel separate from the firewall (harness)? There is nothing in the Chevrolet Chassis Service Manual that deals w/ removing it that I could find. I have removed the two bolts that attach it to the firewall thinking now I should be able to just pull it off the firewall. It still seems to be attached to the engine harness on the back side of it, though I did not use much force trying. I see that there is one bolt on the engine side of the firewall harness and I have loosened it up but it did not seem to help.
My problem is that somehow some of the fuse clips in the panel have rusted and are actually breaking off. Can I replace just the clips in the fuse box and if so, does anyone know where I can get them? I can not find any supplier that sells fuse boxes, you have to buy the complete harness kit to get it and don't think it is the original style. Please Help!! Thanks!!!!!!!!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 03, 04:38 PM
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Winmon,
I would seperate the engine harness side from the fuse-block side completely before I tried pulling the box down. They both won't go through the firewall together.

There was a post about a week ago asking about the clips. I don't know if he found his solution or not. I'd suggest looking for a fuse block in the junkyard and yanking some good ones out of that.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 03, 07:35 PM
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Hi. Once the bolts are removed the pieces are held together by two plastic ears that snap them together. Look for these on the corners of the fuse panel, on the inside , floorboard part. As far as the clips, I've looked far and wide and I do not know of any source . Like Joe said, go to a junkyard and find some donor clips from any similar panel. They can be popped out individually by using a very small flat screwdriver and inserting it above and below the clip and relieving the retainer ears. Solder the donor clips onto your wires, then reinsert the new clips into your existing panel. If you can find the clips new, my hat 's off, and please be kind enough to let me know. Good luck. Todd
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 03, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I will start calling junkyards. Does anyone happen to know what other models interchanged (used the same fuse panel/box as the Camaro)? Thanks Again!

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 03, 05:58 AM
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Believe these guys will sell you a new block. http://www.factoryfit.com/


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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 03, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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John Thanks for the info. I will call them tomorrow.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 03, 06:18 AM
 
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winmon - Did you have any luck finding the fuse box and/or clips? Please update as I'm sure there are several others that have the same issues.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 03, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I think I did. I tried the Factory Fit web site John gave me, but it says it is underconstruction. Tried calling the phone number but it had no answer. I e-mailed them and got this phone number, 1-800-482-9473. Sounds like Factory Fit got bought out by American Autowire. They do not sell just clips but they do have the box. They tell me it is the original style, so we will see. The fun part will be soldering the existing harness on to it. I will let you know how it all goes.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 03, 11:20 AM
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You probably saw the other discussion in the Tech 2003 section: https://www.camaros.net/forum/Forum17/HTML/000021.html

I never disconnected the clips that were soldered to the wires. Just put the whole harness in a hefty bag, bead blasted the terminals, and then zinc plated them. It looks nice but is time consuming: http://www.surfari.net/~scottmoo/clips.jpg
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 03, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Bonecrusher......Actually I missed that prior post. The reason I am looking to replace the clips is because they are (most of them)completely rusted and corroded to the point of breaking off. I have no idea how they got that rusted, I don't think I want to know! Yours look awesome.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 03, 05:45 AM
 
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I am not sure if it is what you are looking for, but I was in a Ace hardware store and in the section with all the nuts and bolts there were drawers with stuff in them. One of the drawers had Fuse clips for cars. Just the metal clips. You could buy one at a time if you wanted. Just an FYI if you want to check it out.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 03, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Scott! I will check that out today. I still have not received my new fuse box yet, so I still do not know if it's the original style they are sending. I may still need the clips.
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