Another huge victory today. I finally got the rest of my electrical system parts in and spent the last two days completely removing the breakers, relays and fuse block from the electrical compartment. I had to pull each pair out of the block, label it and then record the colors, orientation and block # in a spreadsheet. Then, I cut off all the barrel terminals, re-crimped new ones and re-labeled the pairs. Then, soldered all of the terminal joints to the wires and re-labeled the pairs a third time. Once all the soldering was done, I reinstalled the pairs into the fuse block, replaced the remaining breakers and re-installed all the relays.
The net result of what added up to about 16 hours of hunching over the tiny and barely accessible electrical bay breathing solder fumes is a gorgeous new electrical bay with a fresh new fuse block in which nothing is melted or overrated. Everything is clean and neat and modernized, and should last another 30 years with no problem.
Now that the electrical system is modern and reliable, it’s time to focus on the A/C – before the summer heat hits us! So, I ordered all new hoses, a new compressor, a new accumulator and pressure switches, refrigerant, oils, seals… the whole deal. Clint and I will tear the old stuff out and replace it with a brand new R134a system next week sometime. It will be great to have working A/C again 🙂
As always, pictures are in the repair log – it’s getting to be pretty extensive.