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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 01, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Any ideas on adding other circuits to the existing fuse panel ? A new "painless" kit would be nice, but costly. I've considered adding a fuse block from a donor at the salvage yard, but don't know what would work well. I need about 4 or 5 more circuits. Any ideas or solutions ?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 01, 09:07 PM
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summit and jegs sell smaller fuse panels like you want. you could run them right to the battery with a wire like you would use to power a stereo amp, to avoid extra strain on the stock electrical system-which is marginal as it is.if you need switched(with the key) circuits, hook up relays switched by the stock fuse box. it is pretty easy.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 01, 11:30 PM
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Ive got a Cirkit Boss add on fuse panel from Painless wiring.....good stuff, easy install, clean look, not too expensive.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 01, 12:19 PM
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I know that painless sells the fuse block by its self. All you do is use the connector ends they suplley with the fuse block on your exsisting wires. They all plug right in and its easy to add extra circuits. The last time I looked they where 50 or so dollars, so that might offset the time and money it would take to pull a used one from a doner car. Plus they use the more common blade style fuses.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 01, 04:54 PM
 
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I just picked up an extra fuse block from Summit. It is a Painless Wiring unit with four ignition fuses and three constant fuses or the other way around, can't remember. At $50 it was not too hard on the wallet. Check out Painless Wiring web site for more options, they have numeous add on units.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 1st, 01, 05:12 PM
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Have a look in the assembly manual at the area covering power top, power windows etc and you can see how the factory did it with a separate feed from the buzzer/horn relay to a circuit beraker on the bulkhead and then to stud which could be replaced by an additional fuse box.... just a suggestion

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 01, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks for the replys guy's. It certainly gives me things to think about.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 01, 04:02 PM
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Brian's suggestion is right on - the primary battery feed circuit to the fuse block doesn't have much current-carrying capacity (14 ga. fusible link from the battery to the front junction block, 16 ga. link to the feed junction at the horn relay); any "extras" you connect to the fuse block will add a load to that already-marginal circuit, especially if they have high current draw. The best approach is to feed directly from the battery (through a fusible link or circuit breaker) to an auxiliary fuse block you can connect things to; if that overloads, the car keeps running. If you overload the existing fuse block power feed, the car goes dead, and you have some burned wiring to repair (or maybe a fire).

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