365 CV Joint, and Fuse Panel Woes
365 CV Joint and Fuse Panel Woes
I took the half shaft out of the 365GT to replace the torn Constant Velocity Joint Boot. The grease looked relatively clean so hopefully, no further damage was done to the joint. I cleaned everything out and replaced the old grease and will install a new boot as soon as it comes in the mail.
The electrics on the 365 continued to baffle us as I worked my way to the electric windows. Our electrician managed to get the headlights working, and installed a modern flasher unit to get the turn signals flashing again. I pulled the window switches to try and decipher how some previous repairs were done, and how to make things work. The jumpers in this picture were the first “shade tree” repairs someone made trying to fix some of the issues with the fuse panel. The electric window motors draw a lot of amperage, and as they get old, more and more current is needed. Compound this problem with a poorly constructed fuse panel that was riveted together, the connections on the fuse panel heat up, causing the junctions to overheat, oxidize and lose continuity. A bad mechanic, “repaired” this problem by adding a parallel jumper across the junction, hoping to bridge this bad connection, but he left the old fuses in place! He basically, doubled the amount of current needed to blow the fuses, jeopardizing the circuit with this “fix.” This repair didn’t last long because it was abandoned by running wires to another circuit all together. I was left with the task of tracing this jumble of wires to unmarked terminals and mysterious circuits. The real solution is to at least replace the junction block, and I think help is on the way. When I mentioned I was having trouble with this fuse panel, my friend Zac told me he had a spare fuse holder! Let’s see if we can get some of this spaghetti out of here and get this car working properly again!
I had a request from a GTE owner to post some details on a hood pad for a GTE. I have some details in the restoration tips section of this website for a 330 hood pad, and now there’s information about 250GTEs. You can find it here.
Save the Date! The 7th Annual Radcliffe/Tomyang.net Spring Car Show Saturday May 3rd 2014 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Introduction of the 330GT!
Spectators are free, but Registration of show cars are limited for a small fee. Details can be found on the Radcliffe Website.
You can also Richard Garre at:
12340 Owings Mills Boulevard
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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