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    Best adult beverage to have when replacing fuse box?

    Ok, so Im slowly getting to the point where I'll be planting myself in my car and replacing the fuse box (still have a bunch I can do while i put that off, though)...

    Wondered what the best adult beverage is to have with my during my imprisonment as i cut n clamp the 2 million wires?

    Also whats the best way to remain relatively comfortable and avoid an aching back.

    Ive offered free ice cream (kroger brand, not fancy) for someone to come do it for me...wonder why no takers? lol

    Toby has given me some good suggestions to make it a little easier to get to the wires, and Im sure the time (about 3 hours according to Toby) will go in an instant.
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    Remove the passenger seat altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post

    Wondered what the best adult beverage is to have with my during my imprisonment as i cut n clamp the 2 million wires?
    That's easy: wine 002.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Remove the passenger seat altogether.
    +1. Also use a soft pillow to put under your knees as you will be on them for a while, leaning over the fuse box.

    Do yourself a favor, get a quality crimping tool like this one from Grainger:


    I put a small piece of heat shrink tubing on each wire before crimping and shrunk it around the crimp area, like so:



    All done:


    It's been 4 years since I did the job in the July Florida heat, so my beverage of choice was Bud Light Lime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Remove the passenger seat altogether.

    Ha..already waay ahead of ya on that...my seats havent been in the car for over 4 years now. Not putting them back in til I get the fuse box back in, binnacle and dash buttoned up and
    maybe even new seat covers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLWNAWY View Post
    That's easy: wine 002.jpg
    Not a fan of wine...but where do you get that? hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    +1. Also use a soft pillow to put under your knees as you will be on them for a while, leaning over the fuse box.

    Do yourself a favor, get a quality crimping tool like this one from Grainger:


    I put a small piece of heat shrink tubing on each wire before crimping and shrunk it around the crimp area, like so:



    All done:


    It's been 4 years since I did the job in the July Florida heat, so my beverage of choice was Bud Light Lime.

    Hey..thats the exact tool I bought recently...lol

    Nice idea on the shrinkystuff.

    I'll keep the bud light lime on the list...hehe
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    Pull the metal plate so you can just turn the old block over and move it out of way. Then cut one wire at a time and install in the new block side by side with the old one. Try to untangle each wire back as far as possible in the harness. That will make very few wires needing to be extended. Just do 4 fuses at a sitting and take a break. So what if it takes you a day or two.
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    Yeah, Toby mentioned opening the harness a bit to allow the old block to be moved and get easier access.

    Day or 2...hehe...He said it was like a 3 hour job..but I expect alot more, since I dont do this often and want to take my time, given this is like a super critical part..no room for error.

    Still no takers? free ice cream...ill even spurge for chocolate..oooooh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    Yeah, Toby mentioned opening the harness a bit to allow the old block to be moved and get easier access.

    Day or 2...hehe...He said it was like a 3 hour job..but I expect alot more, since I dont do this often and want to take my time, given this is like a super critical part..no room for error.

    Still no takers? free ice cream...ill even spurge for chocolate..oooooh.
    I soldered and heat shrink-ed all the crimps and new wires so yes that does make the time 3 or 4 times longer. Not sure if it's worth it to solder and heat shrink.

    That break you take drinking that beer also added a lot of time.
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