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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by skipstitch, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. skipstitch
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    Yep.. you read that right. The dark arts of 12 volt goodness for under $5.00! I've wired 35 or 40 hot rods over the years. Some with pre-fab panels (Francis, Painless, All American, etc... and many with home grown panels.

    Recently I'm working to resurrect my High School ride and it is a BASIC car. Back in the day we used the fuse panel out of a donor Nova (way overkill for how basic the car is)... All it really needs is a no frills panel, mechanical gauges, roll up windows, no fuel injection and a mechanical fan. So, the wiring can be minimal. The wipers are vacuum..so no worries there. Here's what I've come up with on the cheap...

    Before you get wound up about the amount of circuits... The universal headlight switch I use has an integrated fuse that takes care of head/tail/ gauge lights. I always fuse the ignition switch with a maxi-fuse, so the panel is just what is switched accessory. Turn signals, horn (horn relay not pictured), radio and 1 extra...

    fuse panel 4.jpg
     
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  2. skipstitch
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    The basics of the panel revolve around a hand me down motorcycle fuse block with glass fuses. A headlight socket that serves as a plug for a flasher and a cheap sample of Pergo flooring for a base...

    fuse panel 1.jpg
     
  3. skipstitch
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    To mount the fuse block and flasher, I covered a scrap of wood with leather and routed the wires thru it.

    fuse panel 2.jpg
     
  4. skipstitch
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    fuse panel 3.jpg Next I cut the Prego sample base (cost 75 cents) to create a sold mount for the panel. Once mounted, I attached the buss block to direct the voltage.

     
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  5. skipstitch
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    fuse panel 5.jpg The panel is simple, but works well as a basic system for controlling the demons of 12 volts.....
     
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  6. The37Kid
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    How do you know which wire the fuse protects? Bob
     
  7. skipstitch
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    Pergo Sample... .75 cents
    Buss Block... 25 cents on clearance at Lowes
    Wire ends... 1.25 at Menards
    Zip Ties (I used 2) $1
     
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  8. skipstitch
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    You choose the circuit... the panel feeds power to all the fuses from the switched circuit and the power out of the fuse feeds what you decide... I.E. Horn, Gauges...etc...
     
  9. fiftyv8
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    from CO & WA

    Your pic's are not showing at my end...
     
  10. The37Kid
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    What is inside the box on the piece of floor tile? Can you show the back side?

    [​IMG]
     
  11. rusty rocket
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    That looks like it should work for a small no frills car. I might use your Idea for my little single seat project.
     
  12. rusty rocket
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    He said it was a scrap of wood wrapped with leather.
     
  13. The37Kid
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    Ok, Seven wires and five fuses why are two missing?
     
  14. The flasher has two wires.
     
  15. manyolcars
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    Hooray for glass fuses. What motorcycle exactly is the fuse panel off of?
    For those who need more fuses, use two.
     
  16. 40ragtopdown
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    Great idea no frills it just works and the price is right.
     
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  17. Looks like my first wiring setup on my 32 Ford back in '74. Simple and functional with no accessories needed. For your basic hot rod it fits the bill.
     
  18. squirrel
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    I built a sort of similar setup for my Chevy II, using a commonly available 4 fuse holder, and a few terminal strips. There are more terminal strips outside the firewall, where the wires exit..one strip for the front light connections, anther for the engine connections. The terminal strip next to the fuse block is for the rear body wiring. There is also an OEM light switch, etc.

    wiring07.jpg wiring05.jpg
     
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  19. skipstitch
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    Thanks for the kudos... I wish I knew what the fuse block was from. I'd take an entire stack!
    In reality it's only 4 fuses. The top horizontal mounted fuse is a spare.
     
  20. F&J
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    love it when somebody posts simple solutions.

    ...and proves yet again, you can build our cars on a non-existent bank account :)

    .
     
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  21. That's what hot rodding is about. Using what you find and adapt to your project. I think too many have lost the art of junkyard scrounging.
     
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  22. manyolcars
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    ebay has 4,5,6 and 12 glass fuse panels. Search -glass fuse block
     

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