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Re: [T3] Wiring Question

On 3 Mar 2006 at 0:01, Leroy Hessner wrote:

> I am fishing for expert opinion/advice here - I bought the two fuse
> blocks on ebay (auction #7748104605) that have ATO fuses and Ford
> relays. My plan is to put them in my Baja bug and the 64 Squareback I
> am restoring. Good idea, bad idea?

Before you do something like this, you should make sure that you have 
a really good idea of what it is that you expect to improve. Keep in 
mind that many of the "improvements made in things like the ATO fuses 
were done for cost saving, so it's not clear that it's a step up. The 
little pointy-ended fuses that VW used do tend to get their elements 
damaged easily, but if this really bothers you, you can find made in 
US pointy ended glass tube fuses which are more durable. OTOH, it 
takes almost no extra care to make the OE fuses last forever. I can't 
remember the last time I accidentally broke one.

It's also worth seconding Steve's excellent comments that the worst 
VW electrical problems seem to arise out of owners who set out to 
"improve" things. Maybe you're a REALLY competent electrical engineer 
with lots of practical hands-on experience, but if it were me, and I 
have as much experience at this kind of thing as anyone, I'd follow 
the path already set down at the factory.

It's not just a light side/dark side thing. It's more a matter of 
knowing what works and being able to remember what you did, months 
later. If I re-do it to my own liking, then suddenly the only road 
map to this thing is in my head, and in 2 years it won't even be 
there. We get questions here all the time, from people with 
customized electrical systems about how to figure out what's wrong, 
and they are really up a creek without any help when they can't tell 
us what's been changed and how.

I know you think you'll be different, and you'll remember, and I'm 
sure your intensions are good, but you'll forget just like the rest 
of us.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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