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Old 01-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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I'm wiring up the gauge cluster today and have been referencing my teardown pics and the Lectric Limited wiring diagram and have installed the suggested fuse points from other posts. I have a couple questions regarding the "fuse?" shown in the pics... what is it ? Should I put it back in? Also I would like to verify that the black wire noted is the correct placement of the harness ground at the cluster.
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Kurt, that is not a "fuse" it's actually a static suppressor for the radio.
Unless you care about looks or want to get the car judged, I would eliminate it and just save it in case someone wants it in the future. Functionally, it can do a lot more harm than good if it goes bad. Also, the newer radios don't need it. B/T/W, it's not connected correctly in your photos Pilot Dan

ps black wire is ground

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Its a noise-suppression capacitor and, if original, probably long since ceased to function. These things do not age gracefully and leak after a few decades. And, as stated, they helped with AM radios but FM doesn't benefit from these devices. I believe your ground wire in the picture is the one that should be connected next to the speedometer as shown. I don't see any fusing at the ammeter so if you think you've installed one at this location, you haven't or else it's just not visible in the picture.
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Thanks Frankie and Dan,
I am re-installing the original AM radio but i think I'll store the capacitor. BTW those are the before pictures so there was no fuse at that time. Thanks again!
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