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racin jason
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From: Sidney, OH
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posted 04-01-2002 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for racin jason   Click Here to Email racin jason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I nearly have the wiring fixed in my 73 mach, I have a few questions though. A fusible link burned up, and it has a tag on the connector that says "fusible link 16 guage".
Is it safe to just solder in a piece of 16 guage wire? Is a certain type of wire required for a fusible link? Can I put a fuseholder and fuse in instead? If, so what size fuse would be equal to a 16 guage wire?
Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Jason Thompson
1973 Mach 1, Q-code 4 speed 4.30 gears
1989 Mustang LX coupe 2.3 3.45 gears,
wants to be a 429

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-01-2002 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely not a straight 16 gauge wire. The fusable link protects your wiring harness. You can get them from NPD, I believe.

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Hemikiller
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From: Clinton, CT
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 04-01-2002 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason: A fusible link is available from any parts store. It is a special wire installed in the main power circuits to protect the electrical system of the car, designed to blow in case of a dead short. I'd recommend you get a new one and install it, as a fuse or piece of wire is a crap shoot as to if it will provide any protection. Remember, your wiring harnesses are no longer available from Ford, and they aren't getting any cheaper on eBay either!

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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 04-01-2002 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want to change to a regular fuse, let me know and I'll do some figuring to get the correct size. Can't do the math right now cuz I'm operating on fumes as we speak.

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racin jason
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From: Sidney, OH
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posted 04-03-2002 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for racin jason   Click Here to Email racin jason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for the responses guys. I wasn't sure if there was actually a fusible wire or if it was the same thing. I looked in the electrical section at auto zone and didn't find anything, i'll have to check around more today.

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Jason Thompson
1973 Mach 1, Q-code 4 speed 4.30 gears
1989 Mustang LX coupe 2.3 3.45 gears,
wants to be a 429

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richard bohm
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From: tucson,az-luray,va
Registered: May 2001

posted 04-03-2002 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
napa carries fusable link wire.

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