I've been a lurker here for a while, but my latest problem has flushed me out of my cave to ask for some advice.
I have a 67 RS/SS convertible that I bought with non-functioning headlight doors. I finally started into the project of getting the doors working. I purchased a new set of aftermarket door motors several years ago, and yesterday finally found the time and motivation to install them. (yep, I know, pretty pathetic - all I can say is "family obligations")
I checked all of the limit switches and relays using a multitester. The limit switches were ok, and the relays checked out OK but looked a little questionably. I replaced two of them, because that is all I could get my hands on on a Saturday. I decided to keep the best looking one, and replace it later if needed.
I got the pods reinstalled and everything hooked up, but no luck. I found no current going to the orange wire on the first relay, so it appeared that the 10-amp circuit breaker was faulty. Against my better judgement, I jumped the circuit breaker to see if they would open one time. They worked! But there was a hesitation before they opened, so I tried opening and closing them a few more times. They seemed to be working pretty well, so I was going to shut things down for the night and order a circuit breaker, but this time the motors continued to run in the closed position eve after I turned off the ignition. I had to pull the battery cable before I fried my motors. Unfortunately, it was a little too late for the wiring harness, as I could smell the insulation getting hot. Sure enough, the insulation on the orange and light blue wires was bubbled. That's what happens when you get impatient - no car show for me on Labor Day!
So now it looks like I will be buying a new light/body wiring harness for the car. Does anyone have any advice on the best source for a wiring harness? Any ideas on what happened? My guess is that I had a short somewhere in the harness that was bleeding off just enough current to get the wires hot. I might have to check the limit switches again.
Any advice is appreciated.