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    Just another thought on fuses. There was an article in the Sept/Oct 2013 Model A News page 21 about adding a second fuse to the lights and horn circuit. In my case the fuse on top of the starter is 30 amp and the second fuse is 20 amp. The theory being you don't want your engine shutting down with no place to pull over as in 4 lanes of traffic. (yes it happened) This of course would not help in the case of a short in the ammeter circuit. Bob New Bern N.C.

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    Good thought. In addition to the above, we carry spare fuses, spare circuit breakers (Mitch has a number for a Bussman breaker that replaces the fuses) and a pair of jumper wires. Have used the jumpers once to get going again fast in a traffic situation

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    • #3
      Tbird, if your fuse blew out wouldn't there be a short someplace??

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      • tbirdtbird
        tbirdtbird commented
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        Not always. I have never had a fuse blow from a short, although it can obviously happen.
        Fuses get tired, as any electrician can attest to, and the quality of the fuses today is not what it was 30 years ago. The time I needed a jumper in a traffic situation, the Bussman circuit breaker actually failed in the open position.

        You always have to think about that 5-letter country nipping at your heels

    • #4
      I have had the glass fuses lose contact inside the metal cap many times when there was no short. These are good quality fuses so i am not sure if it is from vibration or that they are cheaply made. Many use ATC style fuses

      As tbird mentioned i use a breaker
      3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
      Henry Ford said,
      "It's all nuts and bolts"
      "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • #5
        Mitch, are breaker fuses the type that if they blow for some reason you can wait a few minutes and they cool off and then there good to go again. If so I have one on my car.

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        • #6
          There are 2 sides to them BATT & Load so install it correctly
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          3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
          Henry Ford said,
          "It's all nuts and bolts"
          "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #7
            I didn't know that. Will it not work right if backwards? Does it say batt or load? What happens if backwards

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            • #8
              Your not protected!

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              3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
              Henry Ford said,
              "It's all nuts and bolts"
              "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                The Bussmann part # is CBF-30

            • #9
              I recently installed a fuse panel to separate most of my circuits. I has 12 separate fuse terminals and 12 ground terminals. I made the mounting plate from sheet metal that uses 2 existing holes one on the rh side for the conduit clamp on the firewall and the other a bolt on the clamp at the bottom of the tank top of the cowl. I think Carl G has a fuse block similar or like this. I bought mine from Amazon.
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              • #10
                Originally posted by Dennis View Post
                I recently installed a fuse panel to separate most of my circuits. I has 12 separate fuse terminals and 12 ground terminals. I made the mounting plate from sheet metal that uses 2 existing holes one on the rh side for the conduit clamp on the firewall and the other a bolt on the clamp at the bottom of the tank top of the cowl. I think Carl G has a fuse block similar or like this. I bought mine from Amazon.
                With 12 separate fuses on a Model A, you must be running a mobile penny arcade. LOL

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                • Dennis
                  Dennis commented
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                  You think I got carried away? Wait til you see my coolant filter setup! It's my excuse for getting ready for some long tours.

              • #11
                Dennis are you just using half of the box? 6 of them
                3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
                Henry Ford said,
                "It's all nuts and bolts"
                "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

                Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                • Dennis
                  Dennis commented
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                  Actually 7 for now. Later I might use one for the ignition that is at the starter yet.

              • #12
                Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post

                With 12 separate fuses on a Model A, you must be running a mobile penny arcade. LOL
                That is kinda what I was thinking, not many circuits to protect. Nice set up, I like it.

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                • #13
                  Yeah LOL! I'm only using 7 of them. Headlights, turn signals, horn, wiper, tachometer, accessory plug, fuel pump. I left the fuse down by the starter for the ignition, I guess I could eliminate that and use one more on my panel.

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                  • pAAt
                    pAAt commented
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                    Dennis do you have a schematic on your set up ? Like schematics for dummies Pat
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