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Well, I had a good drive out to the car show. I did not win anything, but I had a good time. As I was leaving the event the car just died. I had the AC on High again and most of the problems seem to occur when the AC is on high. So, I checked the fuses and everything was fine. Then I traced the wire I had problems with last time and it was fine. Then I put my glasses on and checked the fuses and noticed a blow fuse. 🤓 The same 25 amp fuse that I had blown on the Phoenix trip. I replacd it and everythign was good.

Despite these setbacks I have been learning tons of things. It seems like the extra current required to run the AC on High is a real thing. So, I decided to replace the 25 amp fuse with a 30 amp fuse. I made a nice trip from Prescott to Flagstaff today and all was perfect. Only needed the AC on medium though. I will make the drive back to Prescott in the morning, but likely do not need high AC again.

I also decided that when I add in the center console I am going to do some more rewiring. I have many splices and a spaghetti mess of wires under the dash. While I relocated some electronics to the center console now, everything is just tucked under there and not necessarily mounted to any boards or anything super tidy. I think I can get the junctions mounted on some boards and replace some of the splices with soldered connections.
 
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I need to verify, but I think the Classic Auto Air instructions also stated to replace the fuse in the panel with a 30amp fuse.

On my drive from work back to Flagstaff, I blew that 30a fuse 4 times. Still struggling anytime I have the AC on High. The tricky thing this time is that these 30a fuses are cheapos from Harbor Freight. They looked perfect in the middle. Not even a heat wrinkle. But, the end near the cap blew. I think this is more of a flaw of the fuse rather than a problem with the system. So, I bought some higher quality fuses and they are on order. I then located some nice 35a fuses from LittleFuse. I have yet to try it out, but I am optimistic that this will cure the problem. Fingers crossed.

Monsoon seaon is here early this year and I have a Cali trip to make this week. So, the El Camino will get to rest for a few days.

I am excited to find the time to install the rear brakes and to finish up the interior. All the parts are finally here. Now, I just need some time.
 

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sd, make sure the tabs you are plugging the fuse into are tight. They could have heated up and lost there spring. Sometimes they will turn blue when heated causing a loose connection.
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Thanks Tom. The tabs are solid.

Old Bear, I am heading out to Sacramento and driving back to Flagstaff.
 

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For my records. A shortcut URL for this modz page.

tinyurl.com/70ElkyRestomodz
 
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