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Kit Kat wrappers don't make good insulation



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CaptainK

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Mon 06 Aug 18 10:51

Kit Kat wrappers don't make good insulation Message Icon


As some of you may know, my 1968 C3 has been in the garage for a while as a slow burning project for them to fit all my new shiny stuff - carb, intake, exhaust, distributor and so forth.

As they've been slowly going through it (they do bits here and there in the background depending on their normal garage work), they've been a bit of a perfectionist and in doing so it turns out many, many, bodges have been discovered from when the car was in the USA - and I've been driving this thing around for over 2 years! Surprised

Anyway, a quick list of the some of the issues they have told me about:
1) Fusebox just completely bodged everywhere with bare wires just poked into the fuses to take power off from them (no idea what for).
2) The auto-choke mechanism was on a fixed positive, so it was always on and thus got hot. Thankfully I always disconnected the battery when car not in use.
3) The wiper was on a fixed positive too. So was getting warm too.
4) Some wiring had been "insulated" with kit kat wrappers (red outer wrapper), with the wrappers in question being the USA variant dated from 2011.
5) A lot of the wiring was just bare twisted together - not soldering or insulated etc.

What I am very surprised about though is that this car has passed two MOTs, been worked on by two "specialists" and also been to an auto electrician before and none of them spotted these issues. Surprised

Still, hopefully it'll be a lot safer next time I see it and be a bit more reliable too.

On a different note, during the work being done to it they were engine testing, and I just happened to be there for the quick engine test they ran whilst the new exhaust was NOT fitted (just the new headers were fitted). OMG it sounded like the God of Thunder had come to visit Very Happy Cool



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L88

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Tue 07 Aug 18 10:03

Re: Kit Kat wrappers don't make good insulation


Wiper motor: on a C2 the wiper motor is switched negative so to are the headlights, meaning the switches bolted to the metal dash switch a negative wire to create a circuit, the wiper motor and headlight relay have permanent positive going to them. They never get warm unless a small amount of neg gets to them but not enough to make motor run, new switch time. I hope the KitKat wrappers went in the recycle?

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CaptainK

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Tue 07 Aug 18 14:53

Re: Kit Kat wrappers don't make good insulation


L88 wrote (View Post):Wiper motor: on a C2 the wiper motor is switched negative so to are the headlights, meaning the switches bolted to the metal dash switch a negative wire to create a circuit, the wiper motor and headlight relay have permanent positive going to them. They never get warm unless a small amount of neg gets to them but not enough to make motor run, new switch time. I hope the KitKat wrappers went in the recycle?
Ahhh.... handy to know thanks (I'm not that technical on the C3 I'm afraid to say).

As for the Kit Kat wrapper, I'm not sure. The garage must have done something with it. Maybe it'll be memento for them and have it around the garage? Laughing

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Ben

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Sat 11 Aug 18 08:41


Someone I know owned a C3 whose rear lights had been converted upon import by a well-known (and apparently highly-regarded) UK Corvette specialist. They'd used British mains 3-core electrical cable...


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CaptainK

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Mon 13 Aug 18 09:52


Ben wrote (View Post):Someone I know owned a C3 whose rear lights had been converted upon import by a well-known (and apparently highly-regarded) UK Corvette specialist. They'd used British mains 3-core electrical cable...
Laughing That is quite amusing.

After being to a few places claiming to be "specialists" for a certain car's make & model (not Corvette this time), then I am not surprised at all by "specialists" actually being "bodge artists".

Well, I can rest easy that my C3 has been completely rewired, so shouldn't pose any problems now. I'm just glad my missus is understanding and didn't mind me dipping into the wedding fund to cover this unexpected extra work.

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